Celebrate Fifty Years of Hip Hop Style at MFIT


| LAST UPDATE 01/01/2023

By Logan Shaw
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Over 50 years ago, the world witnessed the birth of Hip Hop music. But, as the people soon saw, it was more than just a music genre; it was a culture with its own unique style. The Museum at FIT (MFIT) in New York is celebrating this fashion milestone with its upcoming exhibition, Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop Style, starting February. Here's everything you can expect to find there.

As noted by the MFIT's statement, the exhibition will be "the largest and most comprehensive exhibition to explore this revolutionary and influential style." Visitors can expect to find over 100 pieces of clothing and accessories that demonstrate how influential hip-hop has been in the style industry. From Kangol hats to Dapper Dan tailored jackets, there's something for everyone to feel nostalgic over. Iconic outfits worn by some of the greatest hip-hop legends through time will also be on display - including Missy Elliot, Aaliyah, DJ Khaled, Cardi B, and many more.

MFIT Hip Hop Style Exhibition
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Elena Romero, an assistant professor at FIT, is the brains behind the show, along with MFIT costume curator Elizabeth Way. These two women were responsible for three of MFIT's most successful exhibitions - Black Fashion Designers in 2016, Fabric in Fashion in 2018, and Head to Toe in 2021. Hundreds of designer brands have expressed their desire to be a part of this cultural phenomenon, contributing memorable statement pieces to be put on display at the museum. Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton, Mecca USA, Pelle Pelle, 5001 Flavors, FUBU, Rocawear, Wu Wear, Cross Colours, Versace, and Gucci, are just a few of the big names involved.

Dr. Valerie Steele, director at MFIT, underlined the importance of the exhibition. "It was important for The Museum at FIT to organize this exhibition because hip hop - the most influential music genre of our era - has had such a profound impact on the world of fashion," she said. "Furthermore, hip hop fashion and music are cultural expressions of the African and Hispanic cultural diasporas, which MFIT seeks to amplify as part of our goal to expand the understanding of fashion." Check out MFIT's website for all further details. And be sure to check out the exhibition starting February 8, 2023 - April 23, 2023.

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