What this small, three-gallery museum housed in the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) lacks in size, staging, and effects, it more than makes up for in substance and style. You don't find interactive mannequins, elaborate displays, or overcrowded galleries at the self-declared "most fashionable museum in New York City," but you do find carefully curated exhibits, an impressive permanent collection that includes more than 50,000 garments and accessories from the 18th century to the present, and dedicated followers and students sketching and leaning in to wow over seams and sequins. The Fashion and Textile History Gallery, on the main floor, provides ongoing historical context with a rotating selection of historically and artistically significant objects from the museum’s permanent collection (exhibits change every six months), but the real draw here is the special exhibitions in the lower-level gallery. Recent examples include Denim: Fashion's Frontier, an exploration of
the history of denim from work wear to haute couture, and Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch, featuring almost 100 over-the-top looks from the queen of the New York City nightclub scene in the '80s. Gallery FIT, also located on the main floor, is dedicated to student and faculty exhibitions.