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Take a look at the latest styles churned out by the students of the Fashion Institute of Technology and other esteemed designers at The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology. This museum is renowned for hosting novel and critically acclaimed exhibitions like London Fashion, Madame Gres: The Sphinx of Fashion and Gothic: Dark Glamor. Visitors can peruse accessories and clothing that span over 50,000 items, the oldest ones being from the 1700s. Get a glimpse of the popular styles of Dior, Chanel and Balenciaga that are displayed here. Housing three galleries, this museum is a great place for those with a keen interest in the latest fashions.
This Manhattan museum is housed in a modern building with a resemblance to that of a Tetris game. All aspects of design, and every medium of art, are represented at this impressive museum. Whether it's architecture, interior design, fashion or folk crafts, the collections here encompass much of American object art. The museum also offers a wide range of workshops, programs and tours, giving anyone a chance to join in, whether you're an art student or a casual visitor.
Austrian and German artists display their works at this museum. Those looking for cultural art will be in for a treat. Stark lines, bright colors and reflections of reality are the themes of these works. Exhibitions are conducted often and the venue is open for private events on rare occasions. The in-house cafe, Cafe Sabarsky, is equipped with a grand piano and serves Viennese, American and traditional Austrian dishes to those who are famished.
The Cooper-Hewitt Museum was founded in 1897 by the grandchildren of wealthy New Yorker Peter Cooper. Today, the museum is a branch of the Smithsonian Institution, and it houses one of the world's largest collections of historical and current design. It is also the only exhibition space in America devoted solely to this subject. The outside of the Upper East Side building, once the residence of Andrew Carnegie, resembles a Georgian country house.
The Cloisters is the medieval outpost of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Overlooking the Hudson River, it is a deeply relaxing and spiritual place. The interlocking cloisters are faithful reconstructions of five French monasteries. They were erected between 1934 and 1938 on a site offered by John D. Rockefeller Jr. The museum here is devoted to medieval architecture and European art. The gardens are as beautiful as the chapels and cloisters.