The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City has compiled an exhibit, which explores over 200 years of how fashion has been inspired by politics in the United States. “Fashion & Politics” chronologically displays 100 costumes, textiles and accessories that have addressed important social themes from the early 19th century to present day. Together, curators Melissa Marra, Jennifer Farley, Colleen Hill, Harumi Hotta and Lynn Weidner have organized a detailed exhibit that touches on American nationalism, feminism and ethnic identity expressed through designers such as James Sterling, Vivienne Tam and Stephen Sprouse. The museum is free of charge and this particular exhibit will be on display from Jul. 7 through Nov. 7.

—Alexandra Gonzalez