WAG was at The Museum at FIT in Manhattan this past week, touring through “Uniformity,” the latest exhibition in its Fashion & Textile Gallery.
The show is a thematic walk through the history of the uniform, as explored in the categories of military, work, school and sports.
It’s a chance to pause and consider just what a uniform does – and also to see how it’s had quite the effect on the world of fashion, from Geoffrey Beene’s iconic 1967 “football jersey dress” to Jean Paul Gaultier’s playful 1992 take on the traditional sailor suit.
With more than 70 objects on display, “Uniformity” is broad in reach, offering plenty of examples and food for thought – and I touched on some of its topics during a follow-up interview with Emma McClendon, assistant curator of costume at the museum and organizer of “Uniformity.”
Our August issue will include a story on “Uniformity,” with comments from McClendon.
Until then, check out the exhibition, which continues through Nov. 19 at the museum, on the campus of the Fashion Institute of Technology.
For more, visit fitnyc.edu/museum. — Mary Shustack