If there is one idea that may be taken away from The Museum at the
Fashion Institute of Technology’s exhibition, Faking It: Originals,
Copies, and Counterfeits, it is that authenticity in fashion is a relative
concept. Indeed, the related ideas of authenticity and originality
have been approached from many different perspectives in the study
of fashion, both historical and theoretical; however, Faking It represents
one of the first curatorial efforts to materialize them, bringing
accessories and associated ephemera in the form of
a retrospective fashion exhibition. However, this is not to say that the
authenticity—an inherently nebulous concept—
in a didactic or prescriptive manner. Rather, while conventional in its
presentation, Faking It succeeds conceptually in bringing to light just
how mutable the concept of authenticity is, and foregrounds fashion as
a fertile site for its exploration.
Taylor & Francis, 2016. Vol. 20, no 3, 369-375 p.
Exhibition Review, Fashion Studies, Fashion Theory, Curatorial Studies, Fashion Design, New York, Fashion Institute of Technology, Costume History, Dress History