Eric Greenfield

At a recent exhibition at Fashion Institute of Technology's museum, Eric Greenfield learned a thing or two about what influences fashion. The exhibit, Uniformity, highlighted how uniforms, and more specifically, the military uniform, has infused fashion design.

Throughout history, fashion has drawn inspiration from uniforms for the military, workplace, school, and sports. Greenfield was particularly surprised by how great an influence the military uniform has had on high fashion. Designers often borrow elements such as epaulets, metallic braiding, gold buttons, and camouflage, all of which have become commonplace in clothing for both men and women.

Even more surprising to Greenfield was that designers of haute couture like Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier are constantly drawing on uniforms in their work. If you don't believe it, go to The Museum at FIT and see for yourself!

Uniforms at FIT Museum