2006_09_arts_fitshow.jpgFashion Week is upon us once again, and even outside of Bryant Park it's hard to not notice. Coinciding with Fashion Week, the Museum at FIT opens a new show, Love and War: The Weaponized Woman.

Starting today, and featuring about eighty contemporary garments by designer royalty, this exhibit examines the influence of armor and other military styles on high fashion. The “hard body” concept is also central to the exhibition, "both because hardness is associated with strength and power, and because the relationship between body and clothes has changed dramatically in recent years." Now that would be a tough Project Runway challenge!

Designers represented: John Galliano for Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lost Art, Boudicca, Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake, Thierry Mugler, Olivier Theyskens for Marcel Rochas, Zac Posen, Paco Rabanne, Narciso Rodriguez, Elsa Schiaparelli, Versace, Yohji Yamamoto, Yeohlee, and Jean Yu.

At Right: Junya Watanabe for Comme des Garçons, army green wool deconstructed military jacket and pleated skirt, 1998, Japan, museum purchase. Men’s military uniform from World War I, khaki wool gabardine, c. 1915, USA, anonymous donor.

Today through December 16// The Museum at FIT [7th Ave and 27th St] // Free