EXPLORING JEANS: The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology’s next featured exhibit takes a sweeping, historical look at the ubiquitous denim market from its early 19th-century roots through to the latest styles from Rag & Bone. “Denim: Fashion’s Frontier,” is an exhibition that “explores the multifaceted history of denim and its relationship with high fashion,” the museum said, adding that it will spotlight more than 70 objects from its permanent collection to include items that have never been on view. “In addition to the history of jeans, [the exhibit] will examine a variety of denim garments — from workwear to haute couture — in order to shed new light on how a particular style of woven cotton has come to dominate the clothing industry and the way people dress around the globe,” the museum said.
The exhibition opens by showcasing Levi Strauss & Co.’s iconic 501 jeans, “positioning its importance as the original template for the five-pocket, riveted jean that continues to dominate the market today.” It also includes rare denim, such as a pair of handmade work pants from the 1830s-1840s that pre-date Levi’s first commercial run. It also includes a women’s work smock from the late 19th century, “which demonstrates that denim was not only a men’s wear fabric.” The exhibit is curated by Emma McClendon, assistant curator of costume at the museum. It runs from December 1 to May 7. The museum is located at FIT, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, in New York.