Sexuality in fashion at Fashion Institute of Technology

Thursday, 16 October 2008
Sexuality in fashion at Fashion Institute of TechnologyStarting end of 2008, New York's Fashion Institute of Technology will show "Seduction", an exhibition on 250 years of sexuality in fashion. With "Seduction", the museum of the Fashion Institute puts on display over seventy looks and forty accessories, chronologically structured. The exhibition zooms in on the complex relationship between seduction and clothing, presenting a visual history of sexuality, moral standards, and social norms - all observed through the prism of fashion.

The exhibition will include a wide range of seductive fashion, from the most subtle flirtations of the Victorian era; the ladylike yet highly sexualized fashions of the post-war era such as Christian Dior's; the explicitly sexy work of designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier and Azzedine Alaïa. Contemporary looks from Costume National, Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, and Peter Som will also be featured.

Examples include a black satin Belle Époque corset, red satin Manolo Blahnik stilettos, and a skintight black leather evening gown by John Galliano for Christian Dior.

"The proximity of clothing to the body is inherently sensual, conveyed through the strategic interplay of exposure and concealment," said Colleen Hill, curator of "Seduction."

"Seduction" will be open to the public from December 9, 2008 through June 16, 2009 at The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. The museum has a collection of more than 50,000 garments and accessories dating from the 18th century to the present.

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