So springtime has arrived again and the season is perfect for travelling. I see many tourists walking around my city now with their luggages, maps and plans.
And I’m officially jealous!
I put together for you this list of exhibitions all aroud the world; if you are like me you could imagine how fabolous would it be to fly from a destination to the other, visiting these exhibitions in a long trip through my favorite countries and cities.
Oh that would be my dreamlife, now you know!
And if you’re planning to be a tourist in a few weeks or months, let’s say that maybe one of the following exhibitions will happily be on your travel plans!
Hope you’ll be inspired!
Where: Museum of Photography, Berlin
When: December 4, 2015–May 22, 2016
This exhibition is a retrospective of German photographer Helmut Newton’s works, with images taken from his out of print book Pages from the Glossies. More than 500 images will be on display in chronological order, giving visitors a chance to trace Newton’s changing style from the 1950s onward.
Where: Museum of Bags and Purses, Amsterdam
When: January 10 2016 – June 5 2016
The Museum of Bags and Purses will show and tell you the story of our beloved everyday companion, through a fascinating story, featuring fashion, art, customs and history.
The museum located in an idyllic canal house of Amsterdam display many beautiful handbags in its collection and it sure is a one of a kind visit.
Where: Kensington Palace, London
When: from February 11 2016
“Fashion Rules Restyled” takes a nostalgic look back at recent decades through the wardrobes of three royal women: Her Majesty The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales.
The exhibition will show how these women, through their own rules, influenced fashion and taste.
You will explore how they reflected the fashions of the day, negotiating the rules of dressing fashionably within the ‘rules’ of a royal wardrobe from the ‘New Look’ glamour of Princess Margaret in the 1950s, the elegance of The Queen in the 1960s and 1970s, and the tailored drama of outfits created for Diana in the early 1990s.
Where: National Portrait Gallery, London
When: February 11th until May 22th, 2016.
“Vogue 100: A Century of Style” will showcase the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916, with over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections being shown together for the first time to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.
This exhibition has been organized by the National Portrait Gallery, London in collaboration with British Vogue as part of the magazine’s centenary celebrations.
Where: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
When: February 20 2016 to May 16 2016
For the first time the Rijksmuseum presents a large selection of its diverse fashion collection in an exhibition designed by world-renowned Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf.
This os the first fashion exhibition hosted by the Rijksmuseum to display its diverse fashion collection.
The exhibition will be dedicated to fashion of the Dutch from 1625 to 1960, vibrantly coloured French silk gowns and luxurious velvet gentlemen’s suits of the eighteenth century, classically-inspired Empire dresses and bustles of the Fin de Siècle culminating in twentieth-century French haute couture by Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.
Where: Cité internationale de la dentelle et de la mode de Calais, France
When: April 1 through November 15, 2016
Anne Valérie Hash is one of the most interesting creator of the French fashion scene and she owns one of the few houses, which has obtained the prestigious label of Haute Couture.
Deconstructing the garment is her key-concept, behind her idea of fashion: male-female, strength-weakness, pioneering tradition, adulthood-children, opacity, transparency, pleated-smoothness, symmetry-asymmetry .
The has a taste for unified contrasts, embellished with powdered colors, made with traditional materials and sober and refined techniques. Anne Valérie Hash’s silhouette is fluid and poetic, sporty, sophisticated, modern.
The exhibition offers a retrospective of her first ten years of career.
Where: Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris
When: April 7 through August 14, 2016
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is celebrating the thirteenth anniversary of its fashion collection, responding to public’s strongly expressed desire to at last be shown an all-embracing panorama of fashion history over several centuries.
The ‟Fashion Forward, 3 Centuries of Fashion (1715-2016)” exhibition will bring together 300 items of men’s, women’s and children’s fashion from the 18th century to today, selected from the museum’s collections to provide a novel chronological overview.
This stunning exhibition will surely be a must see!
Where: V&A, London
When: April 16 through March 12, 2017
This exhibition will address the practicalities of underwear and its role in the fashionable wardrobe, highlighting its sensual and sexual appeal.
The exhibition will explore dress reformers and designers who argued for the beauty of the natural body, as well as entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators who have played a critical role in the development of increasingly more effective and comfortable underwear.
Where: The Fashion and The Textile Museum, London
When: May 6th to September 4th, 2016
“MISSONI ART COLOUR” showcases over 60 years of fashion alongside paintings by 20th century European artists, and previously unseen textile studies, paintings and Arazzi by Ottavio Missoni.
The personal artwork of Missoni is mixed with modernist masterpieces, including the work of Sonia Delaunay, Lucio Fontana and Gino Severini, that have influenced Ottavio and Rosita in the development of their signature graphic style.
The connection between fashion and art will sure make for a very interesting journey through the creativity of this Italian fashion house.
Where: ICA, London
When: June 29 through September 11, 2016
This is the first solo retrospective of the work by the British accessory designer and stylist Judy Blame.
The exhibition retraces his make-do-and-mend aesthetic from the Punk movement and subsequent ‘80s club scene to his latest creations for magazine editorials and brands like Louis Vuitton.
Where: The Barbican Art Gallery, London
When: 13 Oct 2016 – 05 Feb 2017
What is it that makes something vulgar? This sumptuous exhibition explores the notion of vulgarity in our fashion habits, from the Renaissance to 18th century, while also celebrating contemporary designers whose style is devoted to the excesses and delights of “vulgar”.
As long as there has been fashion, there has been vulgarity. New aesthetics are the opposite of current beauty, for example, and they can be considered ugly and vulgar by the mass. Chanel used to say about vulgar, that it was the opposite of luxury: “Vulgarity is the ugliest word in our language. I stay in the game to fight it.”
Can contemporary designers really listen to her words now? Vulgar and luxury are strictly related. Sometimes.
Where: High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
When: November 07, 2015 – May 15, 2016
For her Chemical Crows collection, Iris van Herpen took inspiration from the alchemists’ desire to turn mundane metals into precious gold. She manipulates functional materials, turning them into extraordinary works of high fashion. It all started with a broken umbrella and a group of crows, living near her studio, which gave Iris van Herpen the idea for the collection.
Van Herpen intention’s is to create extravagant sculptures, with protrusions and unconventional shapes, made with metallic fabrics, wires and other unconventional materials. C’est génial!
Where: Museum at FIT, New York
When: December 1, 2015 – May 7, 2016
Denim: Fashion’s Frontier is an incredible exhibition, which explores the multifaceted history of denim and its relationship with high fashion, starting from 19th century to the contemporary days. The exhibition features more than amazing 70 objects from the museum’s permanent collection.. The concept behind the exhibition examines a variety of denim garments—from work wear to haute couture—in order to highlight the incredible style of this fabric, which has been able to dominate the clothing industry and the way people dress around the globe.
Where: Museum at FIT, New York
When: January 15 – April 16, 2016
Fairy Tale Fashion is a unique and imaginative exhibition, whose purpose is the study of fairy tale’s world through the lens of high fashion. Studying fairy tales’ authors, such as Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Andersen, the common trait that links each of their stories, is the dress. It is evident that the dress is used as a symbol of the a character’s transformation and it expresses vanity, power, or privilege. And high fashion has captured the spirit of this stories, to pay tribute to the enchanted and mystic world of fairy tales.
Where: SCAD FASH Museum, Atlanta, GA
When: January 22 2016 – April 1 2016
The SCAD FASH museum presents “Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken”. This is the first U.S. exhibition of the London-based artist, stylist and designer Daniel Lismore, whose distinctive flamboyant style has earned him the title “London’s Most Outrageous Dresser” by Vogue.
Lismore’s irreverent reputation is well-known in the world of fashion. His outfits brilliantly combine haute couture garments with charity-shop finds, yards of vintage fabrics and tartans, plastic trinkets, found objects, ribbons, feathers, chainmail, shells, ethnic jewelry, retro accessories, millinery and more in an expression of eccentric, creative energy, with a touch of his unique sartorial point of view.
Where: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
When: March 5, 2016–July 10, 2016
Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion & Its Legacy is the first exhibition that fully explore the Romantic era as a formative period in costume history. Historic garments are presented alongside with literary works, paintings, prints, and decorative arts. The exhibition examines how European fashions have been influenced by Medieval era, Renaissance, and Baroque. All these aesthetics inspired the new Romantic style, which firstly appeared in1810 and declined in 1860. The exhibition culminates with a look at recent Goth and Steampunk fashions, revealing the roots in the rich imagination of Romanticism.
Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
When: March 6 2016 – July 10 2016
This exhibition is focused on clothes that are able to respond to the environment, are ingeniously constructed from recycled materials and that come off a 3-D printer. This new concept of ready-to-wear is explored, examining technological innovations and their profound impact on the future of the fashion industry. Designers have embraced these innovations and “#techstyle” is about the synergy between fashion and technology.
The key-point of the exhibition is that, designers are not only changing the way they design, but also that people will change their way to interact with their clothing.
The exhibition draws on the MFA’s collection of contemporary fashion and accessories, and features key pieces from innovators in the field including a digitally-printed dress from Alexander McQueen’s Plato’s Atlantis collection (Spring/Summer 2010/2011) and Iris van Herpen’s 3-D printed dress (2013) produced in collaboration with MIT designer and assistant professor Neri Oxman.
Where: Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL
When: March 8 2016 – April 10 2016
Since opening its doors in 1996, luxury shoe brand Stuart Weitzman’s Madison Avenue flagship store has showcased footwear commissioned by artists, designers and craftsmen from around the world.
Art & Sole features over 150 of these most inventive examples of shoes. These fantasy pieces of art are not only for their remarkable and imaginative construction, but also for the elaborate adornment. Shoes are constructed of unexpected materials such as bronze,vintage China porcelains, ceramic, wire, Plexiglas or in the case of Robert Steele, corrugated cardboard. Others are noteworthy for their surfaces, embellished with feathers, gems, fresh flowers and cake frosting.
This is an exhibition for aspiring unconventional Cinderellas.
Where: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
When: March 12 – May 30, 2016
In The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is showcased the world premiere retrospective of Oscar de la Renta’s work. This is the first major exhibition, celebrating the life and career of one of fashion’s most talented designers. The exhibition is organized in close collaboration with the House of Oscar de la Renta and the designer’s family, and is curated by André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue and a lifelong friend of de la Renta.
More than 130 ensembles are presented, making visitors able to travel through five decades of De la Renta’s career. The outfits are organized into several thematic sections: early work; Spanish, Eastern, Russian and garden influences; daywear and gowns, featuring ball gowns and red carpet looks. The presentation traces the rise of de la Renta’s career in Spain, where he gained his first commissions; his formative years spent in the world’s most iconic fashion houses; and his eventual role as a designer for many of the most influential and celebrated personalities of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Where: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
When: April 10, 2016–August 21, 2016
Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 explores the history of men’s fashion habits from the eighteenth century to the present days, re-examining the all-too-frequent equation of “fashion” with “femininity.”
Staring from the lavish and opulent style of 18th Century, when men’s dress needed to be as incredible as the ensembles of the female counterpart, to the nineteenth-century “dandy”, whose dresses of expensive elegance became his signature, opening the era of Savile Row.
From the mid-twentieth-century “mod” relished in the colorful and modern styles of Carnaby Street, to the twenty-first century man—in an ultra-chic “skinny suit” by day and a flowered tuxedo by night—, every section of the exhibition tries to retrace the balance between masculinity and femininity through the evolution of fashion and time.
Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
When: May 5 through August 14, 2016
The Met Costume Institute’s exhibition, presented in the Museum’s Robert Lehman Wing, will explore the relation between hand-made and machine made. How are fashion designers reconciling both the techniques, when creating haute couture or avant-garde ready-to-wear garments?
With more than 120 ensembles dating from the early 20th century to present days, the exhibition starts from the origin of haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and focuses on the emergening of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production.
This ongoing dichotomy is the fundamental theme of the exhibition. Hand and machine are presented as discordant tools in the creative process, questioning the differences between haute couture and ready-to-wear’r production.
Where: Jewish Museum, New York
When: May 5 through August 14, 2016
Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History is the first museum exhibition to focus on the strong influence of the American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur on the fashion scene. The exhibition explores Isaac Mizrahi’s unique point of view, which combines high style and popular culture.
While best known for his clothing designs, Mizrahi’s creativity has increased over three decades, allowing him to expand his career in acting, directing, set and costume design, writing, and cabaret performance.
The exhibition presents garments and ensembles from his first collection in 1988 to the present day. An Unruly History weaves together the multifaceted aspects oh his career, juxtaposing work in fashion, film, television, and the performing arts.
Where: The Museum at FIT, New York
When: May 20 – November 19, 2016
Uniforms are the antithesis of high fashion. Uniform design focuses on functionality, control, and tradition, on the other hand fashion promotes constant change, movement, creativity, and revolution. Yet fashion has often drawn inspiration from uniforms of all kinds, taking functional notions and concepts and transforming them into decorative elements.
Nevertheless, uniforms occupy a unique place in our society. We encounter uniforms everywhere, from those of soldiers and school children, to the distinctive attire of flight attendants and fast-food clerks. Uniforms of athletes and police officers have become familiar, too. They are the symbols of our social order, but they are also considered so commonplace that they are often taken for granted.
The exhibition will explore the history behind a variety of uniforms, focusing on both their social role and their influence on high fashion.
Where: Museo del Barrio, New York
When: May 25 through September 17, 2016
El Museo del Barrio presents an exhibition of the work of the fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez (1943-1987).
This exhibition will explore various aspects of the career of this important artist. Thematic sections will be dedicated to his work, focusing also on high fashion illustration, on the relationship of the artist to particular models, on his shoe and jewelry creations, and images of people he came to know and love from the streets of New York City.
Where: Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto
When: Open until June 2016
In the Bata Shoe Museum opens a new exhibition, called “Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels.”
The exhibition will challenge preconceived concept of wearing heels. Who does wear heels and why? From privileged rulers to hyper-sexualized rock stars the provocative idea behind the exhibition will explore the history of men in heels from the early 1600s to today, analyzing the use and meanings of heeled footwear in men’s dress over the last four hundred years.
Where: Museum at FIT, New York
When: September 2016 – January 3, 2017
From the collaboration of The Museum at FIT is collaborating with the Palais Galliera (Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris) a new exhibition will take place at FIT. Élisabeth, Comtesse de Greffulhe,Proust’s muse, is the protagonist of an exhibition focusing on her wardrobe and her beauty and elegance, which inspired Marcel Proust’s fictional character, the Duchesse de Guermantes (from his novel La Recherch du Temps Perdu).
The Comtesse was very active on the artistic scene, she was a smart, cultivated woman, with a passion for fashion history, Symbolist paintings, theater and poets. The exhibition will focus on her personality, her exquisite taste, underlying her remarquable savoir-faire.
Where: Kent State University, Kent, OH
When: Until September 4th, 2016
In The Kent State University Museum the exhibition “Flapper Style: Fashions of the 1920s” is showcased in the museum’s Broadbent Gallery.
Flapper style is the theme of the exhibition, which epitomized the glamor and decadence of the Roaring Twenties.
“The term ‘flapper’ refers to the generation of young women who came of age just as World War I ended and shocked the older generations with short hair-cut and short skirts, boyish and skinny silhouettes. They drunk,they smoked, they were a very different version of their own mothers, or from the common ladies that society knew. Their clothing reflected this dramatic break with the past.
Where: the National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
When: March 16 through June 13, 2016
This exhibition is a major retrospective of the career of one of the most innovative designer of our time,who was able to push an avant-garde use of fabrics. Highlights will include a large section dedicated to Pleats Please collection ad some works with Irving Penn.
The new boundary-pushing techniques applayed by Miyake have built a reputation of him as one of Japan’s most revered designers. Now, a new exhibition dedicated to him is set to open in Tokyo at The National Art Centre, spanning his entire entire career from the 1970s to today.
Where: The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
When: March 5 2016 – July 31 201
Over 120 works from more than ninety designers are presented in this exhibition, which is considered the first major survey of Australian fashion.
Since settlement, Australian fashion has been shaped by geographic, seasonal and cultural influences. Australian designers have consciously defined the character of how Australians dress, according to their local terms of reference.
Even today, Australian style is a by-product of independence and impertinence. From the early dressmaking establishments of Brisbane to the mid-century salons of Collins Street, to the contemporary studios by Bondi’s beaches, 200 Years of Australian Fashion traverses over two centuries of fashion design in Australia.