Well, maybe it should be a resolution to try to get to the museum at the Fashion Institute of technology, FIT has a great exhibit right now called She's Like a Rainbow: Colors in Fashion, it runs November 11, 2006 - May 5, 2007 . It is part of the permanent exhibit Fashion and Textile History Gallery. http://www.fitnyc.edu/aspx/Content.aspx?menu=PastGlobal:Museum
Here is the description from part of the press release.
In November 2005, The Museum at FIT launched America's first and only permanent gallery of Fashion and Textile History. The gallery features changing selections from the Museum's permanent collections, which are comprised of more than 50,000 garments and accessories dating from the 18th century to the present - with particular strength in contemporary designer fashion - some 30,000 textiles from the 6th to 21st centuries, as well as 300,000 textile swatches and 1,300 sample books. The Fashion and Textile History Gallery is organized chronologically, so that students and visitors can understand the important cultural, social, and technological changes that fashion so clearly demonstrates. In this and other respects, the gallery supplements the many classes and tours held in the Museum as well as its special exhibitions and public programs. The Museum at FIT is one of the world's only institutions dedicated to the study of fashion and textiles and now features its collections year-round.
Sign up to be on their email list if you go to the site. They will keep you posted on future happenings. There are few really great schools for design, and this is one of them. I will never forget my 4 years there. I love to go back to use the library and see the exhibits. Hope you get there soon.