On Thursday, September 14th, The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) presented Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme, the first large-scale exhibition of high fashion influenced by clothing made for survival in the most inhospitable environments on the planet—and off of it. The Expedition includes approximately 70 ensembles and accessories from MFIT’s permanent collection, as well as a compelling selection of objects borrowed from leading museums and private collections. Organized by Patricia Mears, Deputy Director, MFIT, these garments are presented within dramatically designed “environments” in the museum’s Special Exhibitions Gallery. Collectively, the objects and the exhibition design evoke both the beauty of extreme wildernesses—on land and sea, as well as in outer space—and the dangers these locales present to human explorers.
Photography by Zach Hilty for BFA