Museum at FIT

Design Membership

Become a design member at The Museum at FIT, New York City's most fashionable museum.

The design membership at The Museum at FIT offers designers and other industry professionals unique access to the museum’s holdings for the purposes of research and inspiration. The Museum at FIT has one of the world’s most important permanent collections of fashion, accessories, and textiles. Current members include apparel and home furnishing designers, manufacturers, merchandisers, and forecasters.

Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am to 4:30pm

Individual and corporate memberships are available at $425 or $1,250 respectively. Individual memberships are for freelance designers only. Corporate memberships allow three designers access to the collections.

For more information, call 212.217.4578 or email

 Design Membership Benefits

  • Assisted visits to view objects from the costume, accessory, and textile collections (by appointment only).
  • Access to view and photograph swatches from a collection of approximately 100,000 textile swatches. 
  • Access to the Françoise de la Renta Color Room – an archive of colored fabric swatches and yarn samples from which members can take cuttings.
  • Notification about museum programs.
  • Use of text and periodical collections at the FIT Gladys Marcus Library, without borrowing privileges.

Collection Highlights

The Textile Collection includes:

  • Approximately 100,000 textile swatches, indexed and grouped thematically for visual reference.
  • Apparel and home furnishing fabrics, laces, and embroideries.
  • 400 fabric sample books.
  • The Françoise de la Renta Color Room, a color archive with vintage forecast material and an extensive palette of fabric samples.
The Costume Collection includes:
  • Fashion by designers such as Cristobal Balenciaga, Geoffrey Beene, Chanel, Christian Dior, Halston, Claire McCardell, Issey Miyake, and Yves Saint Laurent.
  • A menswear collection featuring some 2,000 garments ranging from formal to activewear, including suits, coats, vests, and uniforms.
  • Swimwear, lingerie, outerwear, knitwear, and children's clothing.
The Accessories Collection includes:
  • More than 4,000 pairs of shoes, boots and sandals, with examples by designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Salavatore Ferragamo, Herbert Levine, and Roger Vivier
  • A millinery selection of more than 3,000 hats by famous milliners such as Lilly Daché and Philip Treacy. There are also many examples from designers such as Christian Dior, Balenciaga, and Jacques Fath.
  • Handbags with examples by luxury houses such as Hermès and Gucci as well as examples by Roberta di Camerino, Judith Leiber, and Bonnie Cashin for Coach
  • Other accessories such as gloves, belts, hosiery, and costume jewelry.
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