On any given day, more than half the world’s population is wearing jeans. It’s a staggering thought if you trace the history of denim to its origins as simple work-wear. The Museum at FIT presents the colorful and storied history of jeans through its exhibit, Denim: Fashion’s Frontier. From its humble beginnings as the uniform of miners and prisoners, to taking turns on couture runways, jeans have a uniquely American origin, but a universal appeal.
Showcasing over 70 pieces, some never before seen outside of the museum’s archives, the exhibition achieves its goal of tracing the history of denim from the early 19th Century to present day. A personal passion of Richard Martin, the former director of the museum, the vast collection of garments on display is in part to his sartorial habits and tastes. Pieces range from Levi Strauss & Co. work pants from 1830-40, to counter-culture 1960s patchwork denim mash-ups, to luxury items from famous designers like Roberto Cavalli.
Denim: Fashion’s Frontier runs through May 7th, 2016 at The Museum at FIT, located at 227 West 27th Steet, New York, NY 10001. If you will not be in New York any time soon, you’re still in luck as there is a fantastic online experience of the exhibit through the museum’s website.
For even more eye candy, please click over to our Pinterest page for pictures from our visit to the exhibit.