A New Storage Area Where Everything is Beautifully Displayed, Easy to Access, and Safely Stored
Located in the heart of Manhattan, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is an internationally recognized college for design, fashion, art, communications, and business. The Museum at FIT is open to the public and creates exhibitions with its extensive collection of 50,000 items from the world’s most well-known designers including Adrian and Yves St Laurent.
Founded in 1969, the museum and the collections area had become overcrowded after decades of growth. Staff wanted to create an amazing experience for the public and improve the storage of their collection. They also wanted to attain accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) – a prestigious distinction that recognizes museums for following best practices for collections storage and achieving their mission.
Expanding the museum’s overcrowded storage rooms wasn’t possible. so they had to maximize capacity to store their thousands of costumes, shoes, hats, and other accessories, to achieve accreditation.
They decided the best way to maximize capacity would be to install high density storage systems. The architect relocated the doors to create one long central aisle through each 5,000 square foot climate controlled room. On either side of the aisle, sit rows of mechanical assist high density storage systems.
The collections area is now a model of best practices for collections storage. When pieces aren’t on display, they’re housed in the high density systems, organized alphabetically by designer.
Staff love the new clean and simple storage area where everything is beautifully displayed, easy to access, and safely stored.