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Valerie Steele

Director and Chief Curator, The Museum at FIT
Inspired by Diana Vreeland

Diana Vreeland paved the way for me as a fashion curator.  In her work as special consultant to the Costume Institute, Mrs. Vreeland transformed antiquarian “costume” exhibitions into dramatically exciting fashion exhibitions.  Although visually compelling, her exhibitions were often historically inaccurate. However, most curators today understand that fashion exhibitions can—and should— be both beautiful and intelligent.

Read about the latest exhibition at The Museum at FIT, Shoe Obsession, and the upcoming exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, PUNK:  Chaos to Couture.

Valerie Steele photo by  Aaron Cobbett.

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