The Museum at FIT launches an exhibition celebrating hip-hop fashion


A new exhibit at the Museum at FIT (MFIT) pays homage to hip-hop’s influence on fashion over the past 50 years, Yahoo reports.

Titled “Fresh, Fly and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop Style,” the exhibit showcases more than 100 garments and accessories that represent the fashion evolution of hip-hop culture over the past half century.

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According to a Nov. 7 press release, items on display range from Kangol hats to Dapper Dan jackets as well as Adidas sneakers and tracksuits made popular by artists like Run DMC. The show features clothing worn by hip-hop icons and influencers including Lil’ Kim, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, LL Cool J, Chuck D, Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Khaled, Lil Nas X and Cardi B, to name a few. .

Visitors will see designs from 5001 Flavors, Misa Hylton, Cross Colours, Karl Kani, FUBU, Rocawear, Baby Phat and Sean John, among others. Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Versace are also among the fashion leaders on display due to their significant influence on hip-hop fashion.

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The exhibit is curated by journalist Elena Romero, assistant professor of marketing communications at FIT, and Elizabeth Way, associate curator of costume at MFIT.

“It was important for The Museum at FIT to organize this exhibition because hip-hop, the most influential musical genre of our time, has had such a profound impact on the world of fashion,” notes Dr. Valerie Steele , director and chef. Curator, MFIT.

“Furthermore, hip-hop fashion and music are cultural expressions of African and Hispanic cultural diasporas, which MFIT seeks to amplify as part of our goal to broaden the understanding of fashion,” Steele added.

The show aims to celebrate hip-hop fashion beginning with the birth of the culture in the Bronx in 1973. The exhibit is made possible through funding and/or support from the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT, The Coby Foundation and Barrett Barrera. Projects, according to the press release.

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Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app from Bloomberg Philanthropies, will launch a new digital guide alongside the exhibition.

The exhibition “Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop Style” runs from February 8 to April 23, 2023. A book of the same title will accompany the event and will feature a foreword written by rapper Slick Rick. A symposium will be held on February 24 which is free and open to the public.

The FIT Museum is free and open to the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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