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Pondering beauty at the Cooper Hewitt, putting on fairy tales at FIT, appreciating the Gilded Age at the Met, and learning how to work better at the Guggenheim.

Storybook Ensembles

With Fairy Tale Fashion, The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is presenting a unique and imaginative exhibition in its special exhibitions gallery that examines fairy tales through the lens of high fashion. In versions of numerous stories by Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Andersen, dress is often used to symbolize a character’s transformation, vanity, power, or privilege. The show features more than 80 objects placed within dramatic, fantasy-like settings designed by architect Kimberly Ackert. Since fairy tales are not often set in a specific time period, the exhibit includes garments and accessories dating from the 18th century to the present. There is a particular emphasis on extraordinary 21st-century fashions by designers such as Thom Browne, Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Giles, Mary Katrantzou, Marchesa, Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, and Prada, among others. Fairy Tale Fashion uses some of the most extraordinary, beautiful, and luxurious examples of fashion to illustrate more than 12 fairy tales, including well-known tales such as “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Little Red Riding Hood.” Through April 16. Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, 212.217.4558, fitnyc.edu/museum.

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