Yet amid the rapid pace of innovation, we see an increase of fashion exhibitions in the timeless architectural landmarks that remain untainted by time: museums. Since the Met’s astounding influx of visitors for 2011’s Alexander McQueen show, a mounting number of our favorite designers, dresses, and muses are taking up residence within the classical confines of great institutions.
In 2013 alone we saw such great displays as Christian Louboutin at the Design Exchange Museum of Toronto, 30 Years of Japanese Fashion at the Seattle Art Museum, Dior in Moscow at the Pushkin Museum, Hippie Fashion at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Valentino at the Victoria and Albert in London, and Punk at the Met in New York, just to name a few. These presentations attracted vast numbers of fashion and art lovers alike, enthusiastic to experience the essence fashion icons and their impact on cultural history.
As fashion enthusiasts, we revere the work of fashion designers throughout history the same way we do artistic masters. Our appreciation for style extends to embody art, culture and design. I love this juxtaposition of fashion and art across the globe, where clothes, accessories and jewelry are placed among other prized works and artifacts. In this way, I think fashion deserves its place in the world of art, and can not wait to see more explorative exhibitions to come in 2014.
Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Brooklyn Musuem, New York
October 25, 2013 – February 23, 2014
Traces the influence and development of Gaultier as a designer through 7 themes, each to represent a period of his career. Includes accessories, garments, sketches, costumes, and runway videos.
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
December 3, 2013 – April 30, 2014
Displays pieces from the museum’s permanent collection to examine how trends have began, developed and spread since the 18th century.
Fashion Flashback: 1970s
Charleston Museum, South Carolina
January 18, 2014 – April 27, 2014
The first in a new series by the museum that will examine the most prominent styles of each decade, starting with the 1970s.
The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond
De Young Museum, San Francisco
September 21, 2013 - February 17, 2014
Outlines and exhibits the influential work of luxury jeweler Bulgari, and observes unique inspiration from Italian Renaissance and classical art from the Bulgari Archives. Includes sketches, 150 pieces, and even several from Elizabeth Taylor’s collection.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
November 2013 February 17, 2014
Shows iconic costumes from cinema history, including those from The Wizard of Oz, My Fair Lady and Titanic, to examine the essential role of costume in film.