The Museum at FIT Gets Top Honors

Congratulations are in order to the folks at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After being open to the public for nearly 50 years, the New York City institution just received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. “This recognition validates the dedication of our staff to the highest standards in all aspects of the museum’s operations, from governance and planning to exhibitions and public programming,” Valerie Steele, the museum’s director, said in a statement. This new accreditation, which is only bestowed on 4.5 percent of the country’s museums, could bring in extra grants and funding, allowing the space’s staff to plan more lectures, screen more films, and host more fashion retrospectives, like their current exhibition, “Ivy Style.”

Click through the slide show to see some of the vintage Ivy League fashions currently  on display at the Museum at FIT.

–Caitlin Petreycik

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Image: Dresses and ensembles by (L to R) Akris, Pierre Balmain, Balmain (Oscar de la Renta), Bill Blass, Burberry, and Stephen Burrows, featured in the exhibition, Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of the Museum at FIT, Part Two at The Museum at FIT/ Courtesy The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology