Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme

Patricia Mears, Lacey Flint, Sarah Pickman, Jonathan Faiers, Elizabeth Way, Ariele Elia

Description

Today— from haute couture to ready- to- wear— parkas, puffer coats, and backpacks, as well as garments made of neoprene and Mylar are everywhere. But the roots of these ubiquitous items of dress and cutting- edge textiles are rarely acknowledged or understood. Inspired by the so-called “heroic era” of polar navigation (1890– 1922), extreme mountain climbing, deep sea exploration, and journeys to outer space, Expedition explores how garments made for the most inhospitable environments on earth and beyond have inspired more than sixty years of fantastical, otherworldly fashions.

Lavishly illustrated, this publication features approximately 150 color photographs. The images include high fashion magazine editorials by Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, and others; museum objects from the permanent collections of The Museum at FIT and the American Museum of Natural History; and unpublished photographs of early expeditions in the archives of the Explorer’s Club in New York.

Contributors

Patricia Mears

Author

Patricia Mears is Deputy Director of The Museum at FIT.

Lacey Flint

Author

Lacey Flint is a Curator at the Explorers Club, New York.

Sarah Pickman

Author

Sarah Pickman is a doctoral candidate at Yale University.

Jonathan Faiers

Author

Jonathan Faiers is a fashion scholar and writer.

Elizabeth Way

Author

Elizabeth Way is an Assistant Curator at The Museum at FIT.

Ariele Elia

Author

Ariele Elia is an Assistant Curator at The Museum at FIT.