The Museum at FIT‘s newest special exhibition, “Seduction,” explores the history of the expression of sexuality through dress. With pieces spanning 1785 to the present, “sexiness,” is a relative term considering the flappers of 1920 were scandolous for showing their ankles. FIT took pieces from their permanent collection to curate the show with pieces ranging from an open bodice gown from 1785 to a Playboy bunny suit. Designs by Jean Paul Gaultier, Azzedine Alaïa, Peter Som, Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein and Costume National are included in the exhibition. “The complex relationship between seduction and dress will present visitors with a history of fashion as well as that of sexuality, moral standards, and social norms.” I think this is a really interesting theme – let’s face it, humans have been dealing with sexuality since the beginning of time. It will be cool to see how the concept of sexuality has influcened the way we dress. “Seduction” runs through June 16, 2009.
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