I’m a super fan of museum exhibits (obviously, I’m taking a trip around the world to see fashion in museums!) It’s a chance to see the fashion that that was a part of history. The Museum at FIT’s current exhibit “The Body: Fashion and Physique” has a different take on showing clothing as it explores the history of  the “ideal” body type through fashion.  The website Fashionista reviewed the exhibit and presented a fascinating question about museums that made me pause.

Why do other museums and cultural institutions continue to use mannequins with nonrepresentational measurements?

It never crossed my mind to think about the sizing of museum mannequins. Do museums paint a accurate picture of historical body proportions? Do museum exhibits depict the fashion of the masses or do they only concentrate on the most noteworthy fashions. So many other new questions have come from this one article. As part of my trip I will be meeting with and interviewing museum curators to understand the cultural significance of fashion in the fabric of everyday lives. I’m excited to get their opinions on the authenticity of the fashion in museums as a representation of the body types of the general population. However, I won’t be surprised if (like the fash

Finally, read more about the exhibit and the article that sparked a million questions.

The Exhibit

“The Body: Fashion and Physique” that explores the history of the “ideal” fashion body and the variety of body shapes that have been considered fashionable from the eighteenth century to the present.

The Body: Fashion and Physique

Fashion & Textile History Gallery December 5, 2017 – May 5, 2018. The fashionable body is a cultural construct that has shifted throughout history to emphasize different shapes and proportions. However, the fashionable ideal does not feel so fluid in daily life.

The Fashionista Article

How Museums and Cultural Institutions Have Shaped the History of Body Diversity

On Tuesday, the Museum at FIT opened its latest show, ” The Body: Fashion and Physique,” a survey of the human form within the context of fashion and how its notions of the “ideal” body have shifted throughout the last two centuries.