Museum of FIT (MFIT) Receives Highest National Recognition Museums Offered


Obtained reaccreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM)

NEW YORK, April 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Museum at FIT (MFIT) has been reaccredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national standard of recognition given to museums in United States. This certifies that MFIT meets the highest standards of excellence, following a rigorous review process that AAM member museums undergo every 10 years to maintain their accreditation status. MFIT was first accredited in 2012.

Of the approximately 35,000 museums in the country, approximately 3% are currently accredited. Twenty of the approximately 150 museums located in New York City share this honor, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art.

Led for 25 years by Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT is the only museum specializing in fashion in New York. Founded in 1969 as The Design Laboratory at FIT, it was renamed The Museum at FIT in 1994. Since its inception, MFIT has served multiple audiences, including students, designers, and members of the public.

MFIT is recognized worldwide for its innovative, award-winning exhibitions and public programs, as well as its permanent collection of more than 50,000 garments and accessories dating from the 18th century to the present day. MFIT’s mission is to promote original research, creative thinking, and lifelong learning through exhibitions and public programs that educate and inspire diverse and inclusive audiences. Dr. Steele, who has personally curated more than 25 exhibitions at MFIT, was recognized by the National Arts Club this month with its 2022 Medal of Honor for his achievements in fashion, becoming the first fashion historian to receive this honor. As an author, curator, publisher and public intellectual, Dr. Steele was instrumental in creating the modern field of fashion studies and in promoting recognition of the cultural significance of fashion.

“This reaccreditation – which signifies excellence, accountability and high professional standards – is a coveted designation that makes me – and the college – very proud,” said the FIT President. Joyce F. Brown. “I extend my congratulations to Dr. Valerie Steele and to all the staff for their achievement.”

“I am delighted that the AAM has recognized MFIT’s ‘exceptional reputation’, ‘rigorous research’ and ‘thought leadership’,” said Valerie Steele. “AAM peer reviewers have reported that FIT faculty members in a variety of disciplines… [described] how the museum has advanced their scholarly pursuits and the experiential learning of their students. It is a true tribute to the talented and hardworking professional staff of the museum.”

MFIT is free and open to the public. In 2022, MFIT was ranked among the top five free museums in United States by readers of UNITED STATES Today. For more information, visit

On display at the FIT Museum:

head to toeseen through May 8, explores more than two hundred years of women’s clothing from 1800 to the beginning of the 21st century. Organized by Elizabeth Road and Melissa Marra Alvarezthe exhibition focuses on the role props play within the whole, as well as the messages they convey about social and cultural values.

Opening soon at the FIT Museum:

Dior + Balenciaga: the kings of couture and their heritageopen June 1 and organized by Patricia Mears, features iconic fashions from the two most important couturiers of the mid-20th century – Christian Dior and Cristobal Balenciaga. With objects drawn only from MFIT’s permanent collection, this exhibition is the first to juxtapose the work of these legendary designers, side by side. It is believed that the two designers led the restoration of France profitable fashion industry after the devastation of two world wars and a crippling economic depression. This curatorial exploration and reassessment of these couture kings also includes an array of creations by the later creative directors of the companies they founded, such as Yves Saint Laurent, Marc BohanDemna Gvesalia and Maria Grazia Chiuri (Dior, 2016 – present).

SHOES: Anatomy, Identity, Magic, September 1-December 31, 2022, will feature approximately 400 of the 4,000 pairs of shoes from MFIT’s permanent collection. This major exhibition, organized by Valerie Steele and hill hill, explores how shoe design relates to human anatomy and physiology, the importance of shoes as markers of identity (“Shoe are you?”), and the widespread belief in the “magical” power of shoes. shoes. Other highlights include a shoe-shopping thumbnail, a history of high heels (from the 17th century to the present day), a sneaker section, and a designer shoe glossary.

Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip-Hop Style, February 8 – April 23, 2022organized by the teacher Elena Romero and Elizabeth Road, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip hop by examining the roots and history of hip hop fashion from its inception to the present day. This exhibit will explore themes such as the transition of hip hop from the hood to the runway, the influence of luxury and designers, the impact of hip hop celebrities on the fashion industry, and the growth of the hip hop style in as an international phenomenon.

About the FIT Museum (MFIT)
The Museum at FIT (MFIT) is the only museum in New York City dedicated solely to the art of fashion. Its mission is to promote original research, creative thinking, and lifelong learning through exhibitions and public programs that educate and inspire diverse and inclusive audiences. Best known for its innovative and award-winning exhibits, the museum has a permanent collection of over 50,000 garments and accessories dating from the 18th century to the present day. MFIT is a recently reaccredited member of the American Alliance of Museums. To visit

The museum is part of fashion institute of technology (FIT), a State University of New York college that has been an internationally recognized leader in professional education in design, fashion, business and technology for over 75 years. Providing an unusual blend of practical experience and theory on an arts and science foundation, FIT offers a wide range of affordable programs that foster innovation, collaboration, and a global perspective. The FIT relies on its New York City location to provide a dynamic and creative environment for learning, exploration and research. The college offers nearly 50 degree programs and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for career success and leadership in the creative economy. To visit

About the American Alliance of Museums
The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and advocating for the interests of the entire museum community. Representing over 35,000 professionals and volunteers from museums, institutions and partner companies serving the museum field, the Alliance represents the broad spectrum of the museum community. For more information, visit

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