20 incoming fashion exhibitions you can't miss in 2019






Are you a fashion addicted? To satisfy your curiosity and follow your passion for style, here a selection of the unmissable fashion exhibits you can see in 2019.


The New Year has just started and is full of interesting events dedicated to all fashion lovers and perfect for aspiring fashion designers to deepen the knowledge of this crazy and fabulous world.

Mark the dates on your agenda, because 2019 reserves big surprises!



"Animalia Fashion" exhibition at Palazzo Pitti in Florenc

"Animalia Fashion" opens today at Palazzo Pitti in Florence in conjuction with the beginning of Pitti Immagine Uomo 95, the event that transforms the city into the capital of menswear for 4 days.
The temporary exhibition "Animalia Fashion", hosted in the Museo della Moda e del Costume, reveals the unexpected side of the relationship between fashion and nature analysing the work of modern fashion designers in a sort of zoologic museum. The creations from 2000 to 2018, already real masterpieces of fashion history, are made by avant-garde designers such as Yiqing Yin, Gareth Pugh, Iris Van Herpen, but also by big names of Haute Couture like Stephane Rolland, Sarli, Valentino and Schiapparelli, evoking the shapes of strange animals trying to imitate the perfection of Mother Nature throught a fantastic creativity.

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8th January 2019 - 05th May 2019
Museo della Moda e del Costume - Palazzo Pitti
Florence (Italy)
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"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. 
Not only leopard prints, floral embroideries or feathers. In the 6 thematical areas, the visitors can walk between beautiful ancient and modern dresses inspired by flora and fauna (like the "Plato's Atlantis" dress by Alexander McQueen or the ecological creations by Stella McCartney), take a closer look to the materials used to produce fashion, see how this industry produced pollution since 19th century with the industrial revolution and then how fashion designers are trying to remedy becoming environmental activists like Vivienne Westwood, using recycled materials like Christopher Raeburn or finding no-waste sustainable new technologies like the Dutch designer Diana Scherer.

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Until 27th January 2019
Victoria and Albert Museum
London (United Kingdom)
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"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.

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Until 24th February 2019
Maurice Verbaet Center
Antwerpen (Belgium)
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"La Vie en Rose" exhibition at Museo del Traje in Madrid

If you are romantic or love Barbie's favorite color, the exhibit "La Vie en Rose", until 3rd March 2019 at the Museo del Traje in Madrid, is continuing the focus on pink shades already seen in the lucky and just finished exhibition of the FIT Museum "Pink: the history of a punk, pretty, powerful color". Compared to the American event, this Spanish exhibit starts from the ancient past making a trip into the historical use of this color from the Greeks and Middle Age to Rococò, Neoclassicism and Romanticism, going to more modern periods anlysing the influence that this chromatic shade has on society as hyper-used symbol of femininity and girl-power.

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Until 3rd March 2019
Museo del Traje
Madrid (Spain)
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"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.

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Until 3rd March 2019
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia (USA)
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"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".
But what "camp" means? It'a an aesthetic based on everything is kitch, ironic, provocative, exaggerated and out-of-the-box, expressed with sense of humour to overthrow the rules of fashion and communication.
Starting from the book "Notes on camp" written in 1964 by Susan Sontag, the exhibition traces the evolution of camp from the 17th century to now through the most strange creations realized by a long list of great designers: John Galliano, Denma Gwesalia, Moschino, Thom Browne, Elsa Schiapparelli, Thierry Mugler, Marc Jacobs, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Miuccia Prada, Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Vivienne Westwood, Jeremy Scott, Viktor & Rolf, Walter Van Beirendnck and also the new prodigy of fashion made in UK Richard Quinn.

Info:
9th May - 8 September 2019
MET's Constume Institute - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York (USA)
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"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. 
Among the designers present we will find Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rei Kawakubo and the emerging designer Alessandro Trincone, who studied at Polimoda and Bunka Osaka fashion schools and recently presented his extraodinary theatrical menswear collection at New York Fashion Week with the support of CFDA.


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16th March - 25th August 2019
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston (USA)
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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.

 Info:
Until 4th May 2019
The Museum at FIT
New York (USA)
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"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.


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8th February - 20 th April 2019
The Museum at FIT
New York (USA)
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"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.
   
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June 2019 - November 2020
The Museum at FIT
New York (USA)
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"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.

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6 September 2019 - 4 January 2020
The Museum at FIT
New York (USA)
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"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.

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December 2019 - May 2020
The Museum at FIT
New York (USA)
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"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.


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Unitl 10th February
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Washington (USA)
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"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.

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Until 10th March 2019
Artipelag 
Stockholm (Sweden)
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"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.

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10th June - 22 September 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago (USA)

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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.

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2nd February - 14th July 2019
Victoria and Albert Museum
London (UK)
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"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.
   
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6th April 2019 - 16 February 2020
Victoria and Albert Museum
London (UK)
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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.
   
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21th September 2019 - 8th March 2020
Victoria and Albert Museum
London (UK)
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"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.
   
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Until 31 th August 2019
FIDM Fashion Institute of Design Museum
Los Angeles (USA)
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"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.

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8th March - 30th June 2019
Palazzo Morando
Milan (Italy)

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(photo credits: museums official pages)

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