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Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits

Fashion & Textile History Gallery

December 2, 2014 - April 25, 2015

Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits explores various levels of authenticity in fashion using approximately 100 objects from the museumís permanent collection. Throughout the past 150 years of fashion history, couture copies, diffusion lines, and licensing agreements have blurred the line between what is genuine and imitation. Meanwhile, the exponential growth and sophistication of the counterfeit industry has made it increasingly difficult to identify an inauthentic item. Faking It sheds light on the complexities surrounding these topics.

Read more about the exhibition.

Image: (left) Gabrielle ďCocoĒ Chanel, day suit, wool bouclé, 1966, France, gift of Eleanor K. Graham, 73.82.1 / (right) Licensed copy of a Chanel, day suit, wool bouclé, c. 1967, USA, Gift of Ruth L. Peskin, 78.179.4.

Lauren Bacall: The Look

Gallery FIT

March 3, 2014 Ė April 4, 2015

Lauren Bacall: The Look is a celebration of the film and theater starís unique style in which Bacallís own garments take the spotlight. The exhibition will also explore Bacallís personal relationships with several of the fashion designers who dressed her.

Lauren Bacallís effortless style combined elegance and simplicity. Students in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice MA program in FITís School of Graduate Studies have collaborated with The Museum at FIT to present approximately 12 items from a collection of 700 that Bacall donated to the museum in 22 gifts, between 1968 and 1986. The Look will include work by designers Marc Bohan, Pierre Cardin, Norman Norell, Yves Saint Laurent, and Emanuel Ungaro, focusing on pieces from the 1960s and 1970s. A selection of pieces in the Bacall collection can be viewed in the Museum's online collections.

Image: Normal Norell, evening dress and coat, cashmere, silk jersey, and sequins, circa 1958, USA, gift of Lauren Bacall, 68.143.6. 

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