|“Fashioned by Nature” exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum in London
Again nature, but this time seen from different angles. “Fashioned by Nature”, at Victoria & Albert Museum in London until 27th January 2019, is a trip in time and space that explores how nature inspired fashion from 1600 to today, but also how fashion is closely related to environment as industry and powerful way of communication.
|“Soft? Tactile Dialogues” exhibition at Maurice Verbaet Center in Antwerpen
Speaking about textile art, in Antwerpen there’s the exhibit “Soft? Tactile Dialogues” presented by MoMu, the Belgian Museum of Fashion, currently under maintenance, at the Maurice Verbaet Center until 24th February 2019. The exhibition is focused on the connection between contemporary artists and the aesthetic possibilities offered by fibers and fabrics, going beyond the simple decoration to create unusual textile applications and express conceptlike rebellion, feminism and freedom.
|“Fabulous Fashion: from Dior’s New Look to now” exhibition at Philadelphia Museum of Art
The female charm is celebrated by the exhibition entitled “Fabulous Fashion: from Dior’s New Look to now” at Philadelphia Museum of Art until 3rd March 2019, which follows the steps of the great masters of Haute Couture and ready-to-wear focusing on the glamour expressed by names like John Galliano, Dior, Balenciaga and Pierre Cardin through rich evening ensembles, stunning wedding gowns, embroideries and draping used to emphasize the female silhouette.
|“Camp: Notes on Fashion” exhibition at MET’s Constume Institute in New York
Surely the most awaited fashion event of the year will be the opening of the new upcoming exhibition of MET’s Costume Institute of New York supported this time by Gucci and celebrated with great pomp by a gala dinner to which partecipate all the big divas and celebrities of the world. The title of the Met Gala and of the exhibition is “Camp: Notes on Fashion”.
|“Gender Bending Fashion” exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts in Boston – Outfit by Alessandro Trincone
An exhibition that goes beyond the traditional definition of what is fashion in the classic roles of male and female clothing is “Gender Bending Fashion” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston from 16th March to 25th August 2019. Presenting more than 60 cutting-edge creations, the exhibit wants to tell the great changes in society and costume of the latest years thanks to the new relevance of the LGBTQIA communities, which are contributing to overcome the rigid division between sexual genders.
The Museum at FIT, besides of the permanent collection of 50000 clothes and accessories and the space given to showcase the creations of FIT Fashion Institute of Technology‘s students, presents this year a very rich program of temporary fashion exhibitions.
|“Fabric in Fashion” exhibition at The Museum at FIT in New York
Until 4th May 2019 the museum hosts “Fabric in Fashion”, an historical exhibition that analyses fashion evolution from the point of view of textile usage. With garments from the 18th century to the modern periods, the vistor can admire beautiful and precious dresses appreciating the different textures and effects of silk, wool, cotton and synthetic fibers.
|“Exhibitionism: 59 years of The Museum at FIT” exhibition in New York
“Exhibitionism: 50 years of The Museum at FIT” celebrates the anniversary of the museum foundation with a collection of outfits and accessories from the best 33 exhibitions among the over 200 made until now, like “Fashion and Surrealism” (1987) which explored the connection between fashion and art, “Corset: Fashioning the Body” (2000) about this sexy but controversial garment, or “Black Fashion Designers” (2016) with outfits of designers such as Duro Olowu.
A mix and match of styles, narrations and visions with the best names of fashion history (Rick Owens, Elsa Schiapparelli, Paul Poiret, Gianni Versace, Comme Des Garçons, Alexander McQueen) that will be important not only for fashion lovers, but also to understand the evolution of fashion communication made in the years by the different museum’s curators.
|“Minimalism/Maximalism: Fashion Extremes” exhibition at The Museum at FIT in New York – outfit by Agatha Ruiz De La Prada
The two opposite visions of fashion are the topics of “Minimalism/Maximalis: Fashion Extremes”, from June 2019 to November 2020, in which will be explained how these two contrasting aesthetics are cyclically alternate in fashion history. So periods of calm and cleanliness give way to others dominated by excess, boldness and extreme luxury, to go from the pure simple lines of Calvin Klein to the hyperbolic and fnny worlds of Agatha Ruiz De La Prada.
|“Paris, Capital of Fashion” exhibition at The Museum at FIT in New York – outfit by John Galliano 1992
What makes Paris a so charming and chic city? This is the question at the base of “Paris, Capital of Fashion”, from September 2019 to January 2020, which investigates on the role of the French capital as one of the ost important fashion cities in the world. From the years of Versailles court’s elegance to the birth of Haute Couture and today’s style, the unicity of Paris will be showcased through magnificent evening ensembles of 18th century and the most captivating creations of designers like Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, John Galliano and many others.
|“Power Mode” exhibition a The Museum at FIT in New York – “Pyer Moss” jacket by Kerby Jean-Raymond, 2015
At the end of the year The Museum at FIT will make a reasoning about the symbolic association between power and fashion in the exhibition “Power Mode”, from December 2019 to May 2020. Divided into 5 thematical zones, the event will examinate the elements at the base of empowerment ad strong identity, showcasing outfits and accessories like uniforms, fetish wear, leather jackets and rich fabrics as status symbol of authority, rebellion and strenght.
|“Rodarte” exhibition at National Museum of Women in Arts in Washington
Are you a fan of some particular designer? This year you’ll have the occasion to take a closer look to the best creations of your favorite fashion icons in 5 standalone fashion exhibtions organized by the biggest and more influencing museums all around the world.
For the first time in its life the National Museum of Women in the Arts dedicates an exhibition to fashion, making a retrospective about the luxury fashion house “Rodarte”, which is also the title of the event. Until 10th February who is in Washington can have the opportunity to see the poetic wolrd created by the sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who ina few years have become on of the most relevant brand of Amenrican fashion landscape. The retrospective shows the story of the design duo through 90 outfits of the most beautiful collections, including also the costumes for “The Black Swan” movie interpreted by Natalie Portman.
|“Margiela, the Hermès Years” exhibition at Artipelag in Stockholm
The most mysterious designer ever existed, Martin Margiela, is the protagonis of the exhibition “Margiela, the Hermès Years”, originally curated for the MoMu museum of Antwerpen in 2017 and now hosted by Artipelag in Stockholm until 10th March 2019.
The exhibition showcases the apparently strange collaboration of the designer with Hermès from 1997 to 2003 throught the juxtaposition of his own label’s outfits and of the work made for the historical brand, in a fusion of Avant-garde vision and sartorial tradition that was one of the most interesting experiment ever seen in fashion.
|“Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech” exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago
If you love Avant-garde fashion and street style your new super-hero is surely Virgil Abloh, the mind behind the lucky brand Off-White (always a sold-out label) and newly appointed as menswear designer at Louis Vuitton.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago celebrates this multi-faceted artist with the exhibition “Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech”, focusing on his controversial figure considered by many not as a real designer, but who is certainly a talent in the interpretation of contemporary trends and in the successful connection between fashion, music and visual design.
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, one of the most important of the world, has rich proposals in calendar dedicated to big-time fashion icons.
|“Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum in London
In February will start the largest exhibition ever hosted in UK focused on the great master of Haute Couture “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams”, supported by Swarovski. From the New Look of 1947 to the current day, the retrospective analyses the entire world of Dior, his particular relationship with England and his influence in fashion design.
Not only Monsieur Dior, but also the creations of his successors Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri, who driven the fashion house from the founder’s death to today transforming it in a global phenomenon of high-luxury.
|“Mary Quant” exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum in London
In April it will the time of a fashion icon made in UK, the inventor of the miniskirt “Mary Quant”, to who the V&A Museum will dedicate a large retrospective with over 200 clothes and accessories chosen to explain the huge contribute of her funny and irreverent fashion in the female emancipation and sexual revolution of the Sixties. From miniskirt of 1964 to the super sexy hot-pants, with many pieces directly from the Quant’s personal archive never seen before, this will be a trip back in time, a dive into the enjoyable years of the Swinging London.
For the fashion photography enthusiasts, here three exhibitions dedicated to the world of fashion seen from behind the photographic lens.
|“Tim Walker” exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum in London
Still at Victoria and Albert Museum in London, from September 2019 to March 2020, finally an entire exhibition dedicated to the genius “Tim Walker”, a visionary fashion photographer who collaborates with the major magazines and brands worldwide, creating extraordinary and oniric worlds with his vivid imagination and immense love for culture. For the first time will be possible to see behind the scene of tthe photo shoot’s creative process and a new series of photographs made specifically for this occasion.
|“Capturing the Catwalk” exhibition about Michel Arnaud photos at FIDM Fashion Institute of Design Museum in Los Angeles
At FIDM Fashion Institute of Design Museum in Los Angeles, until August 2019, “Capturing the Catwalk” show-and-tell the backstage life in the most important fashion shows during the era of supermodels and brands like Dior, Chanel and Versace, captured by Michel Arnaud, famous photographer for Harper’s Bazaar and British Vogue.
|“Bob Krieger. Living through Fashion ’60, ’70, ’80, ’90” exhibition at Palazzo Morando in Milan
Palazzo Morando in Milan will host, from March to June, the exhibition “Bob Krieger. Living through Fashion ’60, ’70, ’80, ’90”, dedicated to the photographer who signed with is personal point of view the great era of Italian ready-to-wear collaborating with important designers like Versace, Armani, Mila Schon and with the most beautiful supermodels of those years.