Uniformity: Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Back in NYC one more time, to share a little bit of this interesting free fashion museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) called Uniformity. I’ve never been a fan of uniforms, maybe because I enjoy the freedom of expression fashion allows. This exhibit focuses solely on the fashion created through uniforms! It was quite interesting to realize how prevalent uniforms actually are. From distinguishing teams, jobs, schools, rankings, affiliations, etc. there are SO many reasons to wear uniforms.

And then uniforms bleed into the fashion world – because when you really start paying attention, you will see nods to uniforms on the modern runway! One of the exhibits was a side by side comparison of a vintage Chanel suit and a military suit, it was difficult to tell the difference between the two. It kind of blew my mind! I hope you enjoy these pictures.

A military print turns high fashion
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

A old timey sailing inspired uniform next to what I think was an Oscar de la Renta dress, which included a fancy silk bow!
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Aforementioned military uniform with Chanel suit
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Two army jackets become fashionable when worn with other pieces.
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

A modern Moschino runway piece and a 1970’s McDonalds employee uniform, interesting juxtaposition huh!
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

A dapper vintage child’s suit with a Thom Browne suit
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

This Japanese school uniform stands next to a vintage Rudi Gernreich vintage piece.
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

It was so cool to see the 1920’s football uniform (seen in the middle) next to a 1960’s vintage uniform inspired sequin dress (on left) and a strange uniform/tropical/grunge outfit (on right) all together from similar influences.
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Beauty: Cooper Hewitt Museum

I was given a tip to see the Cooper Hewitt museum on my trip to NYC. It’s not a very large museum, but designed focus and kind of a hidden gem! It was absolutely beautiful inside and out, I was kind of in awe – as it previously was a home! Started out as a mansion and was turned into a Smithsonian design museum. And now I read that it was an Andrew Carnegie home – my library radar loved that!

Here are a few photos from that trip! Enjoy

Cooper Hewitt Museum, Design museum, things to do in NYC, NYC museums

Cooper Hewitt Museum, Design museum, things to do in NYC, NYC museums

Cooper Hewitt Museum, Design museum, things to do in NYC, NYC museums

Cooper Hewitt Museum, Design museum, things to do in NYC, NYC museums

Cooper Hewitt Museum, Design museum, things to do in NYC, NYC museums

Cooper Hewitt Museum, Design museum, things to do in NYC, NYC museums

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an age of technology

So I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven – I recently have returned from the most amazing, wonderful, whirlwind trip to New York City where I got to wander the streets for four days straight! I ate everything I bookmarked, and visited every museum I fancied. From the top of the Rockefeller center, to subways, I hit high and low, up and down the city!

I would have never in a million years imagined I would get to see one of the Met Costume Institute exhibits, and so shortly after the Met Gala! But I did, the stars lined up for me. The Manus x Machina fashion exhibit was one of the most exquisite ones I have ever seen (and I’ve had my fair share here in San Francisco.) The sub-title, fashion in an age of technology, and title which is a nod to man-made and machine-made gave you a sense of what to expect.

Please enjoy the following photos, a selection of my favorites – but you will be able to see the rest if you click through any of the images to get to my Flickr account.

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Inclement weather sweater

If the darkness of these photos doesn’t give it away, I can tell you that the clouds were looming and I, being of fashionable preparedness had worn this trench coat ready for the rain. Rain? It hasn’t really rained in the Bay Area for years. YEARS! You better believe that this trench coat that hasn’t seen the light of day for a few years would get taken out to play. I’m glad I wore it (and oh so glad it rained) because I realized that this coat is actually built for another body. I had been wearing it wrong this whole time!

This trench coat came to me second hand after expressing to my roommate that it would be so cool to find Burberry trench coat. They were the rage of the runway when I started my blog in 2006 (blame Kate Moss.) And said roommate and I took a trip to the Las Vegas Buffalo Exchange together and one of the sales associates handed her THIS trench coat, she looked at me and reluctantly gave it over, knowing I had just told her I wanted one! I bought it because I’d figured I’d never find one again (something I learned does not exist in the world of second-hand.)

This trench is made for a petite person. So on me, the sleeves that should come to my wrist, are 3/4. The belted waist, is more like a belt right under my boobs. But when you’ve invested so much thought to keep this one damn thing, it’s hard to get rid of it (FYI, it only cost me $30.) So I realized I have to wear it another way, and the simplest thing I did finally was to just remove the belt! As a loose trench, I don’t have to worry about some of the aforementioned issues. I call this a success story! And you want to hear the cherry-on-the-top part of this story? My buddy was working at a Burberry store up until recently and gave me this rich wine colored lipstick from their makeup line! It’s so good!

Item From Made in… BUY
vintage Burberry trench Buffalo Exchange England  –
TSE sweater thrifted China  –
vintage Levi’s 517 thrifted USA HERE
Sam Edelman Petty boots Shopbop China HERE
Burberry lip velvet in Oxblood Burberry store HERE

Thrift Eye, vintage Burberry trench coat, style blogger, vintage Levi's, San Francisco style

Thrift Eye, vintage Burberry trench coat, style blogger, vintage Levi's, San Francisco style

And yes, it did rain. I wear my TSE cashmere sweater when it rains because in the weirdest of coincidences – my dentist taught me it’s waterproof when we accidentally spilled a cup of water on me at an appointment!

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