F.I.T. Force of Nature: Costume Design class exploring fashion in new spaces

Students at the Fashion and Textile History Gallery. Photo| Courtesy of Roxanne Amico

Chair of the Performing Arts Department, Professor Roxanne Amico, took her costume design class on a day trip to the Fashion Institute of Technology on Friday, Nov. 17th. The exhibit that the class went to was titled “Force of Nature,” and it focused on how nature is used strongly in design. There were many historical artifacts from designers from different centuries, allowing students to see exactly what nature can create in design. 

“The exhibit was important for the class to see because it illustrates the concepts they are learning in costume design class,” said Professor Amico. “In class we discuss all of the elements of composition, line, color, and texture. Many of the class projects are explorations of those concepts as they apply to designing for theatre. Motifs of nature have always played a role in ornament both in architecture and clothing since the beginning of time.” 

Though it was a short trip, the students learned a lot about how nature can certainly be implemented in fashion and costume design. 

“I liked having the opportunity to actually see what we are learning in class. I learned that I can see myself actually going there to study and work in that museum,” said senior history major Olivia Vassot. “I didn’t realize how much you learn how fashion plays into costumes and society.” 

“The world of fashion involves almost every discipline, so no matter who is looking at it there is a connection. Science and technology, social sciences and psychology, history and art and design are all considerations when exploring why and how a style, a garment, a particular fashion comes to be. There really is something for everyone when looking at an exhibit like this,” said Professor Amico.  

On December 12th, the class will take another trip to New York City to see the “THE BODY: FASHION AND PYSIQUE” exhibit. This exhibit allows the students to take a look at the “ideal” fashion body, body shapes that are considered fashionable, body politics, and the demonstration of how the fashion industry has contributed to both the marginalization and celebration of certain body types within our culture.  

“I am excited to go back again, because it was amazing. All of my favorite things came together,” said Vassot. 

In all, the museum has a lot of knowledge to offer to students, allowing them to learn from artifacts and designers from other centuries. 

“This museum explores fashion in the broadest sense incorporating film, politics and history to explore fashion through culture,” said Amico.  

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