The Museum at FIT presents "Power Mode: The Force of Fashion", an exhibition that explores the multiple roles fashion plays in establishing, reinforcing, and challenging power dynamics within society.
The word power frequently appears in discussions of fashion — power dressing, power heels, the power suit — but what do these terms actually mean? What makes a suit or a heel “powerful”? The force of fashion is symbolic. It is social. It is related to political position and economic status. It is also tied to military strength, sexual authority, rebellion, and protest. Power, in this sense, is part personal identity, part behavior, and part visual expression.
From the 10th of December 2019 to the 9th of May 2020,Power Mode will features over 50 objects from the museum’s permanent collection, many of which have never before been on public view.