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October 18, 2018

The Museum at FIT Showcases “Pink” this Fall


If you traditionally think pink as a girl’s color, think again. The color pink actually has a rich history involving both genders, many cultures, and more than a little debate.  This will become evident to visitors at the new fashion exhibit “Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color” on display this fall at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) located at 27th Street and 7th Avenue.

The special exhibition, on display from now until early January 2019, features a total of 80 ensembles stretching back from the present day to the 1700s, including clothes by some of the world’s most notable designers. Dr. Valerie Steele, the FIT Museum’s director and chief curator, has methodically organized the exhibit to unveil a fascinating sense of history regarding the color pink. Visitors will explore the following, and will have the option to take an online audio tour as an introduction to each section:

  • The progression and context of how pink came to be seen as a feminine color, and blue a masculine color
  • Different eras and cultures in which pink was popular across genders
  • How various shades of pink came to represent different aspects of femininity
  • Time periods in which people had differing and confusing views as whether pink was a girl’s or a boy’s color
  • Why pink came to be considered a “non-serious” color
  • How “Millennial pink” is coming back into vogue as an all-gender color in response to past gender stereotypes
  • …and more!

Accompanying Book and Symposium

“Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color” will be accompanied by a hardcover book of the same name, a compilation of multiple contributors (Published by Thames & Hudson, with 208 pages and 120 color illustrations at $50) that will go into greater detail regarding pink’s “colorful” history. Additionally to complement the exhibition, the Museum at FIT will host a special free symposium on October 19, 2018, featuring multiple speakers. (Seating is limited and first-come-first-serve with RSVP.)

Hosted by the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Museum at FIT hosts over 100,000 visitors per year and is only one of a handful of museums across the globe specializing in fashion. Admission to the museum is free; see location and hours below.

The “Pink” exhibit is on display from September 7, 2018 – January 5, 2019. For more information, visit this link.

Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New York, NY 10001-5992
(212) 217-4558


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