The way we wore: N.Y. museums offer fascinating look


Baltimoreans who zip up to New York for a weekend often package theater, dining and shopping. Here's a suggestion for the style- and budget-minded: Look, don't shop. A taste for fashion can be satisfied with specialized collections in the city's museums. A sample of clothes and trimmings to be seen in weeks to come:

THE MUSEUM OF THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Seventh Avenue and 27th Street. Hours: Noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free. (212) 760-7642.

"Hattie Carnegie American Style Defined," through April 27.

"Shoe Dreams, Designs by Andrea Pfister," a retrospective of fanciful and futuristic designs by the master artist pulled from his own collection and the Museum of Shoes in France and the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. Through April 20.

THE COSTUME INSTITUTE OF THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, 1000 Fifth Ave. Hours: 9: 30 a.m. to 8: 45 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 9: 30 a.m. to 5: 15 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Closed Monday. Free, with suggested contribution of $7 for adults and $3.50 for students and seniors. (212) 535-7710.

"Faberge in America," a comprehensive exhibition of the jeweler's art. Through April 28.

"Bare Witness: Clothing and Nudity," an examination of costume in its dual role as both concealer and revealer of the female body. April 2 through Aug. 18.

THE COSTUME COLLECTION OF THE MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 1220 Fifth Ave. at 103rd St. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free with suggested contribution of $5 for adults. (212) 534-1672.

A permanent collection of historical costume including inaugural gowns, wedding gowns, fancy dress of prominent New Yorkers and a comprehensive collection of 20th-century New York designers.

Pub Date: 3/14/96

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