NEW YORK (PIX11)—A new exhibition will soon have fashionistas flocking to the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. "The Great Designers, Part One" will highlight 50 masterpieces of fashion, from A to Z.
A sparkling Giorgio Armani gown is the first thing visitors see. "It seemed like a great way to open the show. With such a spectacular looking dress," said Valerie Steele, the director of the museum.
Steele and other curators picked pieces from their permanent collection of more than 50 thousand garments and accessories. The exhibit features some of the best designers of the last century.
"The exhibition is an opportunity to show the public some of the greatest masterpieces in our collection," said Steele.
Some of the pieces have never been displayed, including a gown from Valentino's last couture collection in 2008. It is featured in his signature Valentino red.
Well known designers like Coco Chanel, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Dior and Balenciaga are all part of the show. As well as lesser known names, like Boudicca and Gareth Pugh.
"Many of these pieces are donations. There is a lot of generosity from designers we've reached out to. And on occasion we do purchase at auction," said Jennifer Farley, an assistant curator.
The free exhibit opens to the public Tuesday, November 29th and runs until May. That's when "The Great Designers, Part 2" takes over. All of the pieces will be featured in a book, to be released this spring.