denim history

If you put on a pair of jeans this morning, you’re not alone. Anthropologists estimate that, every day, 1 in 2 people in the world do the same thing, which makes denim the most popular textile ever woven. Given the millions of yards of denim that have been turned into garments, it’s not surprising that a portion of them have washed up in the Museum at FIT’s permanent collection, where they form the core of “Denim: Fashion’s Frontier”.

On December 1st, “Fashion’s Frontier” opened at The Museum at FIT with curator Emma McClendon’s book by the same title, expected in April of 2016. The exhibit explores the curious relationship denim has with high fashion, since its inception in the nineteenth century.

A number of garments in the exhibition have been newly acquired by The Museum at FIT from the most recent collections. Among these looks are women’s wear from Dries Van Noten, Chloë, and Sacaï, as well as menswear pieces from Ralph Lauren and Rag & Bone.

“Denim: Fashion’s Frontier” is organized by Emma McClendon, assistant curator of costume. It is on view from December 1, 2015 to May 7, 2016.

Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday, noon-8 pm; Saturday, 10 am-5 pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, and legal holidays. Seventh Avenue at 27 Street

Admission is free.

vintage denim

vintage jeans with feathers
Gucci spring 1999
denim ensemble spring 2013
Roberto Cavalli, ensemble, embroidered denim, spring 2003,
vintage denim skirts
Green cotton and denim spring 2009
denim coats
Snake coat ca 1973

{images courtesy of The Museum at FIT}