NEW YORK — All of a sudden, Valerie Steele realized she was walking all over the perfect choice for a Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology exhibit.
Steele, who is the director of the museum, had been the chairwoman of the Fashion Walk of Fame Selections Committee through its duration from 1999 to 2002. The group, brought together by the Fashion Center Business Improvement District, chose the 24 influential designers who were given plaques along Seventh Avenue.
Consequently, it wasn’t long after the final plaque was embedded into the sidewalk that Steele decided the group of designers would make an intriguing show for the Museum at FIT and thus, the “7th Avenue: Fashion Walk of Fame” exhibition was created.
The show, which opens on Tuesday and runs through Jan. 3, features about 100 ensembles from deceased designers, such as Anne Klein, Pauline Trigère and Claire McCardell, but also features living and working designers, including Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Betsey Johnson and Geoffrey Beene. Most of the garments on view came from the permanent collection of the Museum at FIT.
“It was the perfect show waiting to be done,” said Steele. “We narrowed it down to three looks by each designer and we wanted to highlight different aspects to display a range. I wanted to show them something they hadn’t seen before.”
To do this, Steele chose some looks for which the designers weren’t always typically known. Instead of choosing expected sportswear looks from Anne Klein, for example, Steele selected three leather pieces.
Other garments in the exhibition — co-curated by Ellen Shanley, curator of costume at the museum — include a Giorgio di Sant’Angelo tie-dyed silk gown, a dark green cashmere dress with matching sable-trimmed poncho by Halston and a Rudi Gernreich yellow topless bathing suit.
The event was sponsored by the FCBID and will open with a celebratory bash Monday night at the museum, located at West 27th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan.
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