New York City has some of the best museums on the planet, and some of them are FREE. Even if you ar not a fashionista or clotheshorse, these two current exhibits about what we wear and why are fascinating and fashionable.
Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History – This is the first museum exhibition to focus on the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur. On view through August 7, the exhibition explores Isaac Mizrahi’s unique position at the intersection of high style and popular culture. While best known for his clothing designs, Mizrahi’s creativity has expanded over a nearly three decade career to embrace acting, directing, set and costume design, writing, and cabaret performance. Spanning his first collection in 1988 to the present day, An Unruly History weaves together the multiple threads of his prolific career in fashion, film, television, and the performing arts. There’s also a FREE app for a mobile audio tour. On view through August 7th at the Jewish Museum, Fifth Avenue at 92nd St. Museum admission is FREE on Saturdays.
- photo courtesy of Jewish Museum
Uniformity – This exhibit is about fashion’s influence on uniforms, including military uniforms, sports uniforms, fast food uniforms and the uniforms worn by airline cabin attendants, some of which have been designed by top designers. The exhibit also explores how designers from Coco Chanel to Michael Kors have been inspired by military uniforms, including camouflage patterns. This is where you can see TWA flight attendant uniforms from the 1970s, a Chanel suit with military-style buttons from the 1960s, and WWII uniforms from the 1940s, and a football uniform from the 1920s that looks more like pajamas than NFL. More than 70 items are on display FREE through Nov. 19, 2016 at the Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology.
- photo of 1967 McDonald’s uniform courtesy of FIT via Stan Herman, who designed it.
Between Art and Fashion – Examine the forms, colors and shapes that influence our love of art and fashion, and the intersection between them, via pieces by top designers including Christian Dior, Issey Mayake and Hermes. through Dec. 28 at the National Academy School on the Upper East Side. Museum website