The Museum at FIT Takes a 250-Year Look at the Ideal Body in Fashion

FASHION WORKS OUT: Considering the fashion industry’s ath-leisure leanings, the Museum at FIT’s new exhibition “The Body: Fashion and Physique” is not remotely a stretch.
On view through May 5, the exhibition is meant to deliver a message of body positivity and inclusivity. Emma McClendon, who curated the exhibition, addressed the challenge in an online post earlier this month. “Most runway shows and magazines continue to feature primarily white, thin, young models, but the Internet and social media have opened up the industry, giving bloggers and consumers a much more powerful voice to challenge normative body ideals and expand our notion of what a fashionable body is.”
The increasingly physically fit-minded consumer isn’t just an American phenomenon. This month Japanese company FamilyMart revealed plans to open 24-hour gyms above its convenience stores. And Westin Hotels & Resorts has partnered with TRX to offer the latter’s suspension training and fitness equipment at more than 200 WestinWorkout Fitness Studios internationally. And on-the-go workouts are the selling point for Roam Fitness, a post-security airport gym, that debuted at Baltimore-Washington International Airport with product support from Brooks Running, Lululemon and Malin + Goetz.
Taking a look at the past 250 years, “The Body: Fashion and Physique” explores how

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