Denim is possibly the most-loved fabric in the world isn’t it? How many of us out there have a favorite pair of jeans, or a great denim piece that we just can’t live without? The answer to that question is literally millions! While in New York for Fashion Week in February, I stopped by The Museum at F.I.T. (Fashion Institute of Technology) to take in their Denim Exhibition, which celebrates the use of this sturdy fabric in everything from work clothes to swim suits. The Museum at F.I.T. is FREE and open to the public, and should be a must-see for any fashion lover visiting the Big Apple. The exhibits are beautifully curated and, of course, present us with stunning displays to peruse and photograph (without flash of course). Included in the exhibition were high-end designer names like Tom Ford, as well as lesser-known American designers like Claire McCardell, who created sportswear for women in the 1940s.
What becomes evident when scrolling through the pictures is the way denim has changed and evolved while staying true to its roots.A few interesting facts to note, founding father George Washington himself once toured a denim factory in Massachusetts in 1789. The name "denim" derives from French serge de Nîmes, meaning "serge from Nîmes”. (Wikipedia) Because of the fabric’s durability and strength, jeans became a staple for laborers across the country and soon took the fashion world by storm.
The next time you’re shopping at Goodwill there’s every reason to believe you just might find a wonderful denim piece that speaks to you as well!Click here to find out more about The Museum at F.I.T.