A Seriously Fashionable History of Uniforms
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) bills itself as “the most fashionable museum in New York City.” Some of their most intriguing exhibits are created when they explore how fashion shapes everyday life and vice-versa. Enter “Uniformity,” which “explores the dynamic history behind a variety of uniforms, considering their social role and their influence on high fashion.”
Divided into four categories (military, work, school, and sports), the uniforms are “juxtaposed with the high fashion looks they have inspired.” It’s an examination of how military uniforms can shape the look of sports uniforms, and in turn, high fashion, and even lead to an unexpectedly stylish redesign of a work uniform. (Yes, vintage flight attendants outfits are featured.)
The exhibition runs through Nov. 19. For more details, click here. At the bottom, the celebrated designer Stan Herman (who’s been called the “Father of Fashion Week“) discusses how he was unexpectedly hired to redesign uniforms for companies from Avis to FedEx, and how he went about approaching the task.