The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology is the repository for one of the world's most important collections of costume and textiles, with particular strength in 20th-century fashion.
Dedicated to the documentation of fashion and style as manifested at all levels of society, the museum interprets fashion and design - from magnificent Balenciagas to sturdy denim - within social and cultural contexts. Its collections are actively used by FIT students and faculty, as well as by textile and fashion and accessories designers, other industry professionals, and scholars.
Their costume collection consists of more than 50,000 objects dating from the mid-18th century to the present. The strength of the collection lies in its 20th-century holdings and, particularly, in couture and ready-to-wear women's clothing. It includes designers like Armani, Balenciaga, Beene, Blass, Chanel, Dior, Galanos, Gaultier, Halston, James, McCardell, Miyake, Moschino, Poiret, and Schiaparell.
The textile collection includes apparel and home furnishing fabrics, laces, embroideries, quilts, and shawls. It also serves as an extensive resource with more than 30,000 textiles catalogued. Dating from the 17th century to the present, the holdings illustrate a broad variety of textile techniques and traditions from around the world.
Tues - Friday: Noon - 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Telephone: (212) 217-5800
Address: 7th Avenue
Cross Streets 27th Street
- to 34th St/Penn Station -- 0.1
Hours And Additional Info
Closed federal holidays
The Museum at FIT Tips
1. Tour the FIT collection
Tours of the collections are available to outside groups such as high schools, colleges, and tour companies. All tours must be booked in advance. Fees vary based on group size and affiliation.
Tours are scheduled Tuesday through Friday, 10 am - 2 pm and last approximately one hour. Specialized thematic seminars can also be developed for focus groups and industry members. To book a tour, please contact by phone at (212) 217-5708