9 Fashion Exhibits You Should See Now That Aren’t About Punk


Lets go around the world this summer and see some of the best exibitions the world has on offer. The Metropolitan Museum is far from being the only place putting fashion at the forefront as less than a week away is the opening gala for the Punk: Chaos to Couture exihibition.

In fact, Punk isn’t even the first clothes-focused exhibit the Metropolitan has put on this year: it’s currently running an exhibit about fashion in impressionist art. In the Rhode Island School of Design an exibit has been assembled to highlight the historical and contemporary dandies, and around the other side of the globe NRW-Forum Dusseldorf is featuring a show on the legendary Azzedine Alaia.

Catherine Martin and Miuccia Prada Dress Gatsby

Where: Prada SoHo, New York
When: May 1 to 12, 2013
What: Costume designer Catherine Martin worked with Miuccia Prada to create some of the costumes for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, and this exhibit puts them on display alongside jewelry and accessories, stills from the film, and behind-the-scenes footage.
Bonus: After going on display in New York, the exhibit will head to Prada Tokyo Epicenter store from June 14 to 30, and then head to Shanghai’s IFC Mall in July.
No.5 Chanel PARIS

Where: Palais de Tokyo, Paris

When: May 5 to June 5, 2013

What: The exhibit searches for the connections Chanel’s iconic No. 5 perfume has with art, and uses pieces of the designer’s past (works of art, photographs, objects from the Chanel archives) to “reveal the timeless and iconic artistic essence” of the fragrance.

Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity

Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

When: Open now until May 27, 2013

What: Though it might not get as much fanfare as the Met’s other fashion exhibit, this one is not to be ignored. The exhibit examines the role of fashion in the works of impressionist artists. The online introduction to the exhibit opens with a quote from Edourard Manet: “The latest fashion . . . is absolutely necessary for a painting. It’s what matters most.”

Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced

Where: Museum of the City of New York, New York

When: Open now

What: This is the first exhibition of work by designer Stephen Burrows — who in 1977 was called “the brightest star of American fashion” by The New York Times. The show explores Burrows’s use of bright colors, metallic fabrics, and silhouettes that skimmed the body. It also traces his history from designing clothes for friends to becoming the first black designer with an international presence.

Azzedine Alaïa in the 21st Century

Where: NRW-Forum Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany.

When: June 8 to September 8, 2013

What: The best examples of the iconic designer’s work over the last 10 years will be on display in this exhibit, with each room dedicated to a different material: velvet, fur, wool, leather, cotton, animal skins, chiffon, and knits.

The Amazing Shoemaker: Fairy Tales and Legends About Shoes and Shoemakers

Where: Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Florence

When: Open now until March 31, 2014

What: This exhibit examines the magical role of shoes in fairy tales and other stories that span history and the globe.

Bonus: A short film called White Shoes was created for the exhibit. It tells the fantastical version of a story about young Salvatore Ferragamo creating a pair of white shoes for his sister’s communion in just one night. The trailer is at left.

Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum

When: Open indefinitely
What: This virtual space allows users to click through photos of Valentino’s work and images of the women who wore it, in addition to video interviews and a section called This Month that brings regular content to the site. The most recent entry sees Derek Blasberg interviewing Hugh Jackman.Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion

Chace Center Galleries

Where: Chace Center Galleries at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence

When: April 28 to Aug. 18, 2013

What: The exhibit is designed as a celebration of the dandy and his place in men’s fashion over the last 200 years. From 18th century men’s fashion arbiter Beau Brummell to the jewelry designer Waris Ahluwalia, the show pairs suits and other garments alongside photos, portraits, and other representations of an array of historic and contemporary personalities.

Bonus: An illustrated book accompanies the exhibit, and includes essays from curators Kate Irvin and Laurie Brewer, as well as musings on dandies by people like Glenn O’Brien and Scott Schuman. Thom Browne, naturally, wrote the preface. Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Ellsworth Kelly’s Collaboration With Calvin Klein

Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When: May 31, 2013

What: In honor of artist Ellsworth Kelly’s 90th birthday, Calvin Klein creative director Francisco Costa modernized a dress that Kelly designed for a friend in 1952. The dress was inspired by Kelly’s iconic painting “Red Yellow Blue White,” painted in the same year. The dress will be produced in limited quantities and donated to the Met’s Costume Institute and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which owns “Red Yellow Blue White.” Photo courtesy of Calvin Klein

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