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The Museum at FIT Relaunches Fashion Museum Online

Cheri Fein, executive director of Public and Media Relations
212.217.4700 or press@fitnyc.edu

FASHION MUSEUM ONLINE: THE MUSEUM AT FIT RELAUNCHES EXPANDED AND IMPROVED ONLINE COLLECTIONS SITE

The Museum at FIT (MFIT) announces the relaunch of the MFIT Online Collections, a digital resource – or e-museum – that enables designers, students, educators, and members of the public to interact with the museum’s world-class permanent collection at http://fashionmuseum.fitnyc.edu. This repository of digital images, documenting over 600 objects, allows users to search, browse, collect, and share online images of fashion and accessories dating from the last 300 years to the present. New objects and images will be added to the MFIT Online Collections every month.

“The Museum at FIT is thrilled to make available this repository of fashion and accessories,” said museum director Dr. Valerie Steele. “Access to the museum’s extraordinary collection advances knowledge of fashion, supports research and teaching, and inspires creativity.”

MFIT Online Collections features a new, more integrated design, as well as over 875 images of more than 600 objects. This is more than twice as many objects as were previously available on the site. Users can search the collections by keyword in the Quick Search box, or they can browse pre-existing collections created by museum staff. The pre-existing collections are based on time periods, such as the 1930s, or topics such as menswear. A special feature of the MFIT Online Collections is the ability for users to create one or more personal image sets. They may save these collections for their own research and inspiration or share them with other users. These personal collections, called MyCollections, require registering a username and password on the site.

A Fashion Museum The Museum at FIT is the only museum in New York City dedicated solely to the art of fashion. Best known for its innovative and award-winning exhibitions, which The New York Times has described as “ravishing,” the museum has a collection of more than 50,000 garments and accessories dating from the 18th century to the present. Like other fashion museums, such as the Musée de la Mode, the Mode Museum, and the Museo de la Moda, The Museum at FIT collects, conserves, documents, exhibits, and interprets fashion. The museum’s mission is to advance knowledge of fashion through exhibitions, publications, and public programs. Visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

The museum is part of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a State University of New York (SUNY) college of art, design, business, and technology that has been at the crossroads of commerce and creativity for nearly 70 years. With programs that blend hands-on practice, a strong grounding in theory, and a broad-based liberal arts foundation, FIT offers career education in more than 45 areas, and grants associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. FIT provides students with a complete college experience at an affordable cost, a vibrant campus life in New York City, and industry-relevant preparation for rewarding careers. 

The Couture Council is a membership group of fashion enthusiasts that helps support the exhibitions and programs of The Museum at FIT. The Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion is given to a selected designer at a benefit luncheon held every September. For information on the Couture Council, call 212 217.4532 or email couturecouncil@fitnyc.edu.  

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