It's All Happening in 2013

Exhibitions in the New York area:

The Museum at FIT presents:

From Cristobal Balenciaga and Christian Dior to Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, many of the greatest fashion designers of the past century have been gay. A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk explores the history of modern fashion through the lens of gay and lesbian life and culture, addressing subjects including androgyny, dandyism, idealizing and transgressive aesthetic styles, and the influence of subcultural and street styles, including drag, leather, and uniforms.  Closes January 4.

By looking back at the multifaceted and dynamic history of trends, Trend-ologyaims to help visitors gain insight into the current state of the trend cycle.
Closes April 30, 2014.

Presenting both men’s and women’s fashions, Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s celebrates some of the most innovative and beautifully designed clothing made in the twentieth century. Opens February 7, 2014.

Rodarte dressesRodarte dresses. Left, spring 2010. Right, 2009 for Target, gift of The Fashion and Textile Studies Department and the School of Graduate Studies.

American Folk Art Museum | alt_quilts: Sabrina Gschwandtner, Luke Haynes, Stephen Sollins
Closes January 5, 2014

alt_quilts considers three contemporary artists who are inspired by the history and structure of American quilts but who are neither inhibited, constricted, nor defined by it. By purposefully reusing experiential elements with relevance to their own lives and times, they exploit the tension inherent in historical quilts between function and significance.

""Image (c) Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art | Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800
Closes January 5, 2014

Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800 is the first major exhibition to explore the international transmittal of design from the sixteenth to the early 19th century through the medium of textiles. It highlights an important design story that has never before been told from a truly global perspective. The exhibition features 134 works, about two-thirds of which are drawn from the Metropolitan Museum's own rich, encyclopedic collection. These objects are augmented by important domestic and international loans in order to make worldwide visual connections.

MAD Museum | Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger
Closes January 20, 2014

Featuring over 450 pieces of fashion jewelry by designers such as Miriam Haskell, Marcel Boucher, Balenciaga, Kenneth Jay Lane, and Gripoix, Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger is an eye-opening display of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, many of them one-of-a-kind, drawn from the world-renowned collection of Barbara Berger, the daughter of an American diamond merchant.

The Jewish Museum | threeASFOUR: MER KA BA
Closes  February 2, 2014

MER KA BA presents the spring – summer 2014 fashion collection of the avant-garde design team threeASFOUR. The clothing line and its environment are inspired by sacred geometry and tile patterns found in churches, synagogues, and mosques throughout the world. In the work of threeASFOUR ancient symbols meet contemporary design: myriad traditions blend to mirror the group’s hybrid identity and utopian vision.

Focus Gallery of the Bard Graduate Center | An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design, 1915–1928
Closes February 2, 2014

An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design, 1915–1928 examines the efforts of the American Museum of Natural History to educate and inspire New York textile and fashion designers during and after World War I.

Forbes Jewelry Gallery | Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC
Closes February 22, 2014

In the late eighties, a group of American designers got together and discussed the need to educate the trade and public about American jewelry design not for commercial reasons but for the love of jewelry as art. Annually, each member of the group creates a Design Project where each designer interprets a single concept or theme. The final product is a collection of unique jewelry pieces joined by a solitary concept. Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC is a selection of Design Projects from the very first, in 1996 to the most recent, in 2013.

Brooklyn Museum | The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Closes February 23, 2014

Gaultier has shaped the look of fashion over the last 35 years with his avant-garde creations and cutting-edge designs. 
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalkcelebrates the famed French couturier's work and provides a spectacular overview of his extensive oeuvre. Initiated and produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Maison Jean Paul Gaultier-Paris, the exhibition brings to life the world of Gaultier and gives a unique opportunity to visitors to have access to haute couture, stage and movie costumes.

New York Historical Society Museum & Library | Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America
Closes March 9, 2014

Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America examines the remarkable critical and popular resurgence of portraiture in the United States during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century. The exhibition —presenting over sixty works of art as well as period photographs and graphic materials, all from the New-York Historical Society—investigates the strong cultural and social legacy of the American portrait tradition, with particular emphasis upon the New York sitters so well represented in New-York Historical's rich collection.

Metropolitan Museum of Art | Jewels by JAR
Closes March 9, 2014

Jewels by JAR features more than four hundred works by one of the most acclaimed jewelry designers of the twentieth century, Joel A. Rosenthal, who works in Paris under the name JAR.

American Folk Art Museum | Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art
January 21 – April 23, 2014

Conceived as an encounter between two worlds of creative endeavor, Folk Couture features the work of thirteen established and emerging designers who have created an original ensemble based on a selection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, quilts, and furniture chosen from the museum’s outstanding collection.

MAD Museum | Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital
Closes July 6, 2014

Also at the MAD Museum is Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital, an exhibition exploring the many areas of 21st-century creativity made possible by advanced methods of computer-assisted production known as digital fabrication. From sculptural fantasy to functional beauty, Out of Hand examines the pioneering works of more than 80 international artists, architects, and designers, including Ron Arad, Barry X Ball, Zaha Hadid, Stephen Jones, Anish Kapoor, Allan McCollum, Marc Newson, and Roxy Paine. Represented will be some of the most compelling creations from the past decade ranging from sculpture and furniture to fashion and transport.

MAD museumMarc Newson, Doudou necklace by
Boucheron, 2009

Metropolitan Museum of Art | Charles James: Beyond Fashion
May 8 - August 10, 2014

The inaugural exhibition of the newly renovated Costume Institute examines the career of the legendary twentieth-century Anglo-American couturier Charles James (1906–1978). Charles James: Beyond Fashion explores James's design process, focusing on his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring that continue to influence designers today.

The Museum of the City of New York | Gilded New York

Inaugurating the Museum’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century.

Designer tributes:

The International City of Lace and Fashion (Calais, France) | Iris van Herpen
Closes December 31, 2013.

At just 29 years of age, this young Dutch stylist has already made an impression on minds and podiums with futuristic creations akin to sculpture. Iris van Herpen invites visitors to venture into the avant-garde world of this ultra-talented young fashion designer!

""Photo: (Tim Graham/The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon by David Sassoon and Sinty Stemp)

Fashion and Textile Museum (London, UK) | The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon
Closes January 11, 2014

Bellville Sassoon has been synonymous with high fashion for over 50 years. As Britain’s foremost couture label from the 1960s onwards, founder Belinda Bellville with designers David Sassoon and Lorcan Mullany, dressed many of the world’s most stylish women, including Diana, Princess of Wales. The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon traces the history of British glamour from the couture houses of the late 1950s, to the celebrities who became clients of the company. It also explores the influence of ready-to-wear and Vogue patterns.


Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC) | Dior, Balmain, Saint Laurent: Elegance and Ease
Closes January 12, 2014

Dior, Balmain, Saint Laurent: Elegance and Ease, drawn entirely from the Mint’s Fashion Collection, features thirty exquisite designs by these three French Masters and the unique approach each brought to the fashion world. The exhibition, featuring the work of these top designers, active from the mid-20th century and into the 21st century, showcases their work and explores the history behind modern and contemporary fashion trends.
"" Christian Dior, Cocktail Dress, gift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary, donated by Mrs. Celia May Brumm.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum (China) | Fashion.Image.Eddie Lau
Closes January 13, 2014

Eddie Lau's pioneering success in fashion and image design both locally and abroad is such that he is rightly regarded as a modern-day Hong Kong legend. He was the first Hong Kong designer to give solo fashion shows in China. Fashion.Image.Eddie Lau, a solo exhibition of Lau's work, includes more than 20 stage costumes specially created for Cantopop superstar Anita Mui.

Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin, Ireland) | Eileen Gray: Architect Designer Painter
Closes January 19, 2014

Eileen Gray: Architect Designer Painter celebrates Gray’s Irish roots and presents a number of previously unseen works that offer new insights into Gray’s extraordinary career. Her work has often been split into two parts by critics, with decorative arts on the one hand and architectural modernism on the other. This exhibition approaches Gray’s work as a whole, engaging, as she did, in drawing, painting, lacquering, interior decorating, architecture and photography.

""Image (c) Patrick Demarchelier.

Palais Galliera, Museum of Fashion (Paris, France) | Alaïa
Closes January 26, 2014

Designed for the reopening of the Musée Galliera, 
Azzedine Alaïa provides the first retrospective in Paris dedicated to the couturier. After studying at the School of Fine Arts in Tunis, Alaïa arrived in Paris during the 1950s and quickly became a noble artisan himself, perfecting Parisian elegance. He mastered his craft by remaining close to his clients, whom he seduced with custom-made garments in the great tradition of Chic. A true plastic surgeon who only used his scissors on chiffon and leather, Alaïa sculpted a new body. By inventing novel morphologies for clothes through the simple play of seams, Alaïa became the couturier of a timeless body of work. His influence on contemporary fashion and all generations of creators and couturiers is fundamental.

The Design Museum (London, UK) | Hello, My Name is Paul Smith
Closes March 9, 2014

The world of fashion designer Paul Smith is a world of creation, inspiration, collaboration, wit, and beauty. Celebrating his career to date and exploring future developments, Hello, My Name is Paul Smith references the designer’s influences and designs, charting the rise of this quintessentially English label which has become one of the leading fashion brands in the world.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris, France) | Dries Van Noten
February 28, 2014 - August 31, 2014

The fashion designer Dries Van Noten  has been invited to illuminate his world and creative vision through use of his collections and those of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. As a first step in this process, 19th century prints selected from the Museum’s archives by Dries Van Noten have been replicated and applied to garments of his collection for men for his spring/summer 2014, unveiled on June 27th 2013 during the Paris Collections.

Fashioning identity

Muscarelle Museum of Art (Williamsburg, VA) | Glenn Close: A Life in Costume
Closes January 12, 2014

Glenn Close: A Life in Costume is a selection from Close’s personal costume collection. It consists of ensembles worn by some of the most iconic characters from Close’s career in film, theater and television, including Norma Desmond (Sunset Boulevard), Albert Nobbs (Albert Nobbs), Alex Forrest (Fatal Attraction), Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians, 102 Dalmatians), and Patty Hewes (Damages).

Michener Art Museum (Doylestown, PA) | From Philadelphia to Monaco: GRACE KELLY Beyond the Icon
Closes January 26, 2014

From Philadelphia to Monaco: GRACE KELLY Beyond the Icon traces the unique path Grace Kelly took from Philadelphia to Monaco, inviting viewers to discover the life of Grace Kelly (1929-1982) beyond the fairy tale. This exhibition brings us up close to the stage and screen legend, fashion icon, princess, United Nations advocate for children, and international spokesperson for arts and culture.

Frida Kahlo Frida Kahlo arriving in New York, 1938.

Museo Frida Kahlo (Mexico City, Mexico) | Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo
Closes January 31, 2014

Frida Kahlo has long intrigued both fashion designers and art-lovers, with her distinct look, tragic life and heart-stopping self-portraits. A deeper glimpse into her life and style is revealed in Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo. Her closets are opened for the first time since her death in 1954, unveiling over 300 items from her wardrobe, as well as a number of strangely elegant prosthetic limbs and orthopedic corsets. Also included are a variety of garments inspired by Kahlo, by designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Ricardo Tisci and Rei Kawakubo.

Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK) | From Club to Catwalk
Closes February 16, 2014

From Club to Catwalk explores the creative explosion of London fashion in the 1980s. It shows the creative relationship between catwalk and club wear, and the emerging theatricality in fashion, reflected in magazines such as i-D and Blitz. The display includes outfits made specifically to be worn at clubs such as Heaven and Taboo, creations designed and worn by the flamboyant clubber Leigh Bowery, glamorous dresses designed specifically for men, studded biker outfits by Pam Hogg and Katharine Hamnett, customised denim jackets by Vivienne Westwood and Richmond Cornejo and exuberant knitwear by Joseph, Artwork and Bodymap.

Somerset House (London, UK) | Isabella Blow
Closes March 2, 2014

This autumn, Somerset House, in partnership with the Isabella Blow Foundation and Central Saint Martins, presents Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!, a major fashion exhibition celebrating the extraordinary life and wardrobe of the late British patron of fashion and art. The exhibition will showcase over a hundred pieces from her incredibly rich collection, one of the most important private collections of late 20th Century/early 21st Century British fashion design, now owned by Daphne Guinness. This includes garments from the many designer talents she discovered and launched, such as Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald amongst others.
"" Photo by Mario Testino.

Musée Carnavalet (Paris, France) | The Novel of A Wardrobe
Closes March 16, 2014

Imagine stepping into one of Paris's top Haute Couture houses in the early 20th century: Alice Alleaume, chief saleswoman from 1912 to 1923 at Chéruit, 21 Place Vendôme, welcomes you and offers to fulfil your wildest dreams. The Musée Carnavalet is home to an off-site exhibition by the Palais Galliera, the City of Paris Fashion Museum: The Novel of a Wardrobe: Parisian Chic from the Belle Epoque to the 1930s. On public display here for the first time, this remarkable wardrobe is that of Alice Alleaume herself. Dresses by Chéruit, Worth and Lanvin, evening shoes by Hellstern, hats by Alphonsine, Marcelle Demay, Madeleine Panizon and Le Monnier, evening headbands by Rose Descat, jewellery – and much more.

Powerhouse Museum (Sydney, Australia) | Clothes Encounters
Closes May 4, 2014

What would you wear to meet a president, a princess or The King? Clothes Encounters features 10 clothes encounters – stories exploring the clothing worn or created by a diverse range of Australians, from different eras and walks of life, in response to significant political, creative and social encounters in their lives. Drawn from the Powerhouse Museum collection, the exhibition is a reminder that the fashion and dress choices we make reflect our aspirations and identity, and more broadly form part of a society’s cultural expression.

Immigration Museum Victoria (Canada) | Faith, Fashion, Fusion: Muslim Women's Style in Australia
Closes June 9, 2014

Australian Muslim women dress in diverse styles and are increasingly choosing to engage with global fashion trends while also expressing their faith. Faith, Fashion, Fusion explores an emerging modest fashion market and the work of a new generation of fashion designers, retailers and bloggers offering stylish clothing and fashion advice to Muslim women.

Liverpool Museum (UK) | April Ashley: Portrait of A Lady
Closes September 21, 2014

Born in Liverpool in 1935, April Ashley MBE, a former Vogue model and actress was one of the first people in the world to undergo pioneering gender reassignment surgery. As one of the most famous transgender individuals and a tireless campaigner for transgender equality, she is an icon and inspiration to many. Here, for the first time, April’s very public story is explored through her previously unseen private archive and investigate the wider impact of changing social and legal conditions for all trans and lesbian, gay and bisexual people from 1935 to today.

Heard Museum (North Scottsdale, AZ) | American Indian Fashion: From Lloyd Kiva New to Now
Closes October 26, 2014

Since the mid-20th century, American Indian fashion and design have reinforced Native identity and provided a platform for Native expression. American Indian Fashion: From Lloyd Kiva New to Now uses clothing and accessories from the Heard collection and other private collections to examine how materials, design, style and accessories honor tradition and create innovative statements on Native identity and culture.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (IL) | David Bowie Is
Closes January 2015

David Bowie Is presents the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie—one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time. More than 300 objects, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades are brought together from the David Bowie Archive for the first time. td>

American Antiquarian Society | Beauty, Virtue and Vice
Permanent online exhibition

Most of the prints in the exhibit Beauty, Virtue and Vice: Images of Women in Nineteenth-Century American Prints were designed simply to please the eye, but they are also useful to historians who would like to understand how nineteenth-century Americans thought about the world in which they lived. Prints can be extremely useful for understanding the history of popular ideas, understandings, and beliefs. When read carefully and conscientiously, prints can be very useful documentary sources for understanding the past. This permanent online exhibition is hosted by the American Antiquarian Society. Permanent online exhibitionMost of the prints in the exhibit were designed simply to please the eye, but they are also useful to historians who would like to understand how nineteenth-century Americans thought about the world in which they lived. Prints can be extremely useful for understanding the history of popular ideas, understandings, and beliefs. When read carefully and conscientiously, prints can be very useful documentary sources for understanding the past. This permanent online exhibition is hosted by the American Antiquarian Society.

Click or Draw:


FIDM Museum (Los Angeles, CA) | BOLD, BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED: A Retrospective of 80s Fashion Illustrations from Tony Viramontes
Closes December 21, 2013

A visionary ahead of his time, Tony Viramontes was a fashion illustrator who captured the pulse of the 80s like no other. Although he died prematurely of AIDS at the age of 31 in 1988, he left behind a vast treasure trove that included fashion portraits, album covers, and mixed media. BOLD, BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED showcases original fashion illustrations by Viramontes.

Gagosian Beverly Hills | Avedon: Women
Closes December 21, 2013

Avedon: Women spans six decades of Richard Avedon’s photography. This is the first solo exhibition of Avedon's work in the Los Angeles area since 1976.

CODA Museum| The Art of Seduction / Carli Hermès • 25 years of world-class photography
Closes January 26, 2014

Erotic, contemporary, alienating, and seductive have been the main characteristics of top photographer Carli Hermès’s work for 25 years. The Art of Seduction – Carli Hermès, 25 years of world-class photography shows an overview of Carli Hermès’s photo and film oeuvre in a museological context.

The Photographers' Gallery (London, UK) | Jacques Henri Lartigue - Bibi
Closes January 5, 2014

Bibi focuses on photographs from the 1920s that depict Lartigue’s marriage to Madeleine Messager, known as Bibi, his first wife and the mother of his only child.  The exhibition features dozens of black and white photographs including images from the couple’s visit to London. The photographs trace Lartigue and Bibi’s relationship from their early days as a loving couple and glamorous socialites - to subsequent upheavals and calamities which eventually led to their separation.
"" Image (c) Ministere de la Culture France /AAJHL

Mona Bismarck American Center (Paris, France) | Yosuf Karsh: Icons of the Twentieth Century
Closes January 26, 2014

The remarkable artistic career of Yousuf Karsh was matched only by the extraordinary lives of cultural, political, artistic and intellectual figures that he photographed. Organized by Jerry Fielder, Curator and Director of the Estate of Yousuf Karsh, uniquely for the Mona Bismarck American Center, this exhibition celebrates Karsh’s exceptional contribution to shaping personal and historical memory throughout the twentieth century. Original photographs of American and French luminaries will be presented alongside archival material from the dozens of Life and Paris-Match covers that Karsh captured, marking the transformation of his intimate portraits into public icons.

Jeu de Paume Museum (Paris, France) | Erwin Blumenfeld: Photographs, Drawings, and Photomontages
Closes January 26, 2014

Erwin Blumenfeld’s life and work impressively document the socio-political context of artistic development between the two World Wars, while highlighting the individual consequences of emigration. The exhibition devoted to Erwin Blumenfeld’s multi-layered œuvre brings together over 300 works and documents from the late 1910s to the 1960s, and encompasses the various media explored by the artist throughout his career: drawings, photographs, montages and collages.

Museum of Contemporary Art LA (CA) | Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland
Closes January 26, 2014

MOCA presents Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland the first American museum exhibition devoted to the art of Bob Mizer (1922-1992) and Touko Laaksonen, aka "Tom of Finland" (1920-1991), two of the most significant figures of twentieth century erotic art and forefathers of an emergent post-war gay culture. The exhibition features a selection of Tom of Finland's masterful drawings and collages, alongside Mizerâ??s rarely seen photo-collage "catalogue boards" and films, as well as a comprehensive collection of his groundbreaking magazine Physique Pictorial, where drawings by Tom were first published in 1957.

ONE Archives Gallery & Museum (LA, CA) | Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom
Closes January 26, 2014

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives presents Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom, an exhibition exploring the social and historical context surrounding erotic art and physique photography during the 1940s, 50s and 60s on the occasion of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s retrospective Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland. Drawn from the collections of ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, the largest LGBTQ repository in the world, with additional materials on loan from the Tom of Finland Foundation, the exhibition includes numerous bodybuilding and beefcake magazines from the period, as well as original artworks, collages, primary documents, and a range of related ephemera.

""Image (c) 1930 Conde Nast Publications

National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia) | Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion
Closes March 2, 2014

Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion comprises over 200 photographs and more than 30 garments. This stunning exhibition captures the sophistication of the modern woman and the elegance of high-end fashion from this golden age of fashion and photography. The exhibition also showcases Art Deco fashion including garments and accessories from the 1920s and 1930s which express characteristic Art Deco motifs and introduce the modern forms of twentieth and twenty first century dressing.

Chester Beaty Library (Dublin, Ireland) | Costumes Parisiens: Fashion Plates From 1912-1914
Closes March 30, 2014

One hundred years after the publication of the fashion magazine Journal des Dames et des Modes , the Chester Beatty Library opens an exhibition, featuring almost 150 of the Journal’s unique fashion illustrations, known as Costumes Parisiens.

Unraveling Textiles:

Charleston Museum (NC) | Positively Paisley
Closes January 5, 2014

Capturing an autumnal color palette for the fall, Positively Paisley features woven and embroidered shawls from the early to late 19th century that feature the boteh, later known as the paisley design, as well as garments and fashion accessories ranging from the Victorian tastes of the 19th century to the groovy styles of the 1960s and 70s.

American Textile History Museum (Lowell, MA) | The Color Revolution: Fashion and Fabrics, 1960-1975
Closes January 26, 2014

The Color Revolution: Fashion and Fabrics, 1960-1975 explores the new dyes, fibers, and designs of the fertile post-World War II period and helps visitors understand how technology and design support each other.

Denver Art Museum (CO) | Cover Story
Closes March 2, 2014

Featured in the inaugural show for the new textile art galleries, the objects in Cover Story mirror the diverse geographical areas and range of textiles found in the Denver Art Museum's permanent collection. The exhibition explores the myriad ways that textiles envelop, embellish, and enrich human lives across centuries, continents, and cultures. Whether as warming layers that comfort us during sleep, decorative furnishings on our walls and floors that enhance our waking hours, or shields providing protection from the elements or evil spirits, textiles are present throughout all moments of our lives.

"" "Spring" ("Wiosna") (detail), designed by Stefan Galkowski (1912-1984) and manufactured by Wanda Cooperative, ca. 1961.

""Image (c) Museo del Tessuto.

The Textile Museum Prato (Italy) | Italian Fabrics from the Renaissance
Closes May 13, 2014

The wealth, technical perfection and design of velvets, damasks and lampasses make Italian fabrics of this period the most requested by national and international markets for luxury goods. Italian Fabrics from the Renaissance highlights the beauty of over eighty fabrics, playing with the call between the exhibits and pictures of some of the most important figurative works of the Renaissance, including those featured in the exhibition of the Praetorian Palace.

Elsewhere around the globe:

""Image (c) Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum.

Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum (Tokyo, Japan) | Imperial Court Costumes of the Meiji, Taisho and Pre-War Showa Era: Western and Traditional Clothing
Closes December 21, 2013

Imperial Court Costumes of the Meiji, Taisho and Pre-War Showa Era-Western and Traditional Clothing features 80 objects that include men and women’s western-styled court dress, called dairei-fuku, and traditional robes such as sokutai, jyuni-hitoe, and keiko. The exclusive imperial fashion, imbued with the rich royal history, reflects the unique style as well as the drastic changes brought upon by the political and social reform during the Meiji Period up until the start of the World War in the Showa Period.

Fashion Museum in Bath (UK) | Fifty Fabulous Frocks
Until the end of 2013

Fifty Fabulous Frocks includes a gorgeous gold embroidered Georgian court dress and a delicate 1870s gauze bustle day dress edged with purple fringing and redolent of the paintings of Tissot alongside a slinky jersey evening dress by Ossie Clark and a classic chic Chanel suit.  Also featured are many of the iconic and influential names of 20th century couture - Schiaparelli, Poiret, Vionnet, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent – as well as today’s most desired fashion designers and brands -  Erdem, Burberry, John Rocha. This display shows both the richness of the museum collection as well as key moments in fashion history that continue to provide inspiration for modern day designers along with TV and film makers - think Downton Abbey, The Great Gatsby and Anna Karenina. On through the end of 2013.

Fairfield Museum and History Center (CT) | In Vogue: A Runway of Vintage Fashion
Closes January 5, 2014

Fashionistas won’t want to miss In Vogue: A Runway of Vintage Fashion. It features the fashion-forward women of Fairfield throughout the Colonial, Regency, Edwardian and Victorian Eras from 1780 to 1920. The pieces on exhibit are pulled directly from the Museum’s 100-year-old collection — one of the most comprehensive in Western Connecticut — highlighting fashion trends of the past such as cage hoop skirts, bustles and gigot sleeves so large a woman could barely turn their heads. 

The Baker Museum (Naples, FL) | Papiers à la Mode: The Exquisite Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave
Closes January 12, 2014

Papiers à la Mode features over 60 period costumes, kimonos, kaftans and other objects intricately crafted out of paper by Belgian artist and sculptor Isabelle de Borchgrave. A painter by training and by passion, the artist turned her talent for trompe l’oeil to paper sculptures, crumpling, pleating, braiding and painting the surface of simple rag paper to achieve the effect of textiles and create the illusion of haute couture.  

Museum im Palais (Graz, Austria) | Step Up, Please! Shoes With Stories to Tell
Closes January 14, 2014

Step up, please! Shoes with stories to tell is an exhibition of the Universalmuseum Joanneum, curatored by Eva Marko.

Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK) | Pearls
Closes January 19, 2014

Experience the beauty and allure of pearls which across centuries and cultures have long been associated with wealth, royalty and glamour. This autumn the V&A and the Qatar Museums Authority explore the history of pearls from the early Roman Empire through to present day with the exhibition Pearls. Pearls are a worldwide phenomenon going back millennia. Fascination for these jewels of the sea transcends time and borders. Natural pearls have always been objects of desire due to their rarity and beauty. Myths and legends surrounded them, chiefly to explain the mystery of their formation. Goldsmiths, jewellers and painters exploited their symbolic associations, which ranged from seductiveness to purity, from harbingers of good luck in marriage to messengers of mourning.
""Image (c) Frank Hills, photographer.

Centraal Museum Utrecht (The Netherlands) | Arrrgh! Monsters in Fashion
Closes January 19, 2014

ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion is the first international fashion exhibition on character design. ARRRGH! displays more than 70 designs of 40 established and emerging designers. These include Rick Owens, Issey Miyake, Bernhard Willhelm, Walter van Beirendonck, Viktor & Rolf, Bas Kosters, Bart Hess, Charlie Le Mindu, Maison Martin Margiela and Craig Green.

Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, Canada) | BIG
Closes January 26, 2014

BIG showcases textiles and costume that are each in their own remarkable ways BIG… BIG in size, BIG in historical importance, BIG in the news, perhaps created by a BIG name, and often carrying a BIG price tag. 40 objects–both historical and contemporary–showcase BIG from around the world. They range from Egyptian clothing to 18th- and 19th-century Western costumes to 20th-century Haute Couture. Some have never before been on display. 

Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA) | Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion
Closes January 26, 2014

Future Beauty demonstrates how Japanese designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto reshaped fashion in the early 1980s. The narrow silhouettes of Western couture gave way to flowing, sculpted forms. A reduced range of color emphasized cut and proportion. The voluminous spaces they created between body and fabric boldly redefined Japanese avant-garde fashion and forced people to reconsider the relationship between art, design and fashion.

International Terminal SFO (San Francisco, CA) | Classic Plastics 1870s-1970s
Closes January 2014

Early plastics enabled manufacturers to introduce a host of affordable new products and allowed for tremendous technological advances. American John Wesley Hyatt patented celluloid, a semi-synthetic plastic, in 1870 after trying to find an alternative to ivory billiard balls. Tortoise-colored hair combs, buttons, toiletry articles, piano keys, and even shirt collars were some of celluloid's many popular forms. Scientists continued to invent new types of plastics during World War II, while manufacturers and designers constantly found new uses for it. Classic Plastics explores one hundred years of classic plastics from the 1870s to the 1970s. Early celluloid vanity sets, eyeglasses, jewelry, radios, vinyl records, cameras, handbags, and mid-century furnishings are some of the many objects on display.

LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz (Austria) | Glam! The Performance of Style
Closes February 2, 2014

Glam! The Performance of Style is devoted to the phenomenon of Glam, which originated in Great Britain in the early 70s, importing opulence, glamour and extravagance as forms of expression to the most diverse genres of art.

Bendigo Art Gallery (Australia) | Modern Love: Fashion Visionaries from the FIDM Museum LA
Closes February 2, 2014

Modern Love focuses on approximately 60 works from the post-punk period from the 1980s to the present day from this one unique collection. It reflects fashion in our contemporary lives with works ranging from haute couture designs such as a museum commissioned gown by Alexander McQueen through to t-shirts and Adidas high top runners. Bendigo Art Gallery has drawn on archival fashion objects from the extensive collection of the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.

Valencia Museum of Fine Arts (Spain) | MODA, ¿OCTAVO ARTE?
Closes February 8, 2014

Moda, ¿Octavo Arte? is an exhibition chronicling the journey of fashion through three centuries, from the devastating French Revolution till the opulent Belle Epoque era.

Bellevue Arts Museum (WA) | A World of Paper, A World of Fashion: Isabelle de Borchgrave Meets Mariano Fortuny
Closes February 16, 2014

For more than fifteen years, Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave has been producing a completely original body of work that is easy to explain but difficult to categorize. Her central project revolves around recreating exquisite, life-size historical costumes and fabrics entirely out of paper. Taking inspiration from depictions in early European paintings, iconic costumes, period photographs, sketches, and descriptions, de Borchgrave skillfully works paper to achieve her aims: crumpling, pleating, braiding, feathering, and painting the surface to mimic textile effects and fool the eye of the viewer. A World of Paper, A World of Fashion presents a collection inspired by Mariano Fortuny, a Spanish-born eccentric whose designs were the height of fashion in the early 20th century.

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De Young Museum (SF, CA) | The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950-1990
Closes February 17, 2014

Since its founding in Rome in 1884, Bulgari has become synonymous with innovation and luxury in jewelry design. The jeweler is famous for mixing semiprecious stones with diamonds, mounting ancient coins in gold jewelry, and creating easy-to-wear pieces made with unusual color combinations. The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950–1990 presents approximately 150 showstopping pieces, along with sketches and other materials from the Bulgari archives. The exhibition takes a decade-by-decade look at Bulgari’s innovations in jewelry design and includes several striking pieces from the Elizabeth Taylor collection.

Fashion Space Gallery (London, UK) | Glasstress: White Light / White
Closes February 24, 2014

Following the success of The Glasstress: White Light/White Heat exhibition at the 55th Venice Biennale, The London College of Fashion will be staging two parallel exhibitions at their Fashion Space Gallery and the Wallace Collection. This includes work by a broad range of established and emerging artists making work that uses glass in diverse ways not just for its aesthetic appeal but to convey ideas relating to socio-political aspects and some unique fusions between art and science, fashion and computer technology.

Museum of Costume and Lace (Brussels, Belgium) | Seventies, Whatever You Like 
Closes March 2, 2014

Besides iconic pieces like a leather dress, lurex and clogs, Seventies, Whatever You Like reveals that the '70s were much more than hippies and disco...it was a period in which fashion became accessible to everyone. Jeans became an indispensable element for both men and women, and more and more synthetic fabrics were beinig used. 

Kent State Museum (OH) | Pretty Pleats
Closes March 16, 2014

Pleating is one of the most basic fabric treatments as it serves to create three-dimensional clothing out of two-dimensional cloth. Box, inverted, kick, knife, sunburst, accordion, cartridge, tuck… Pretty Pleats highlights many of the countless variations of pleating. The pieces on exhibit span more than two hundred years of fashion history and are organized by type of pleat and technique rather than chronologically or geographically. Masterpieces by Mariano Fortuny, Mme. Grès, Issey Miyake, and Christian Dior are exhibited alongside folk costumes and intricate 18th- and 19th-century gowns.

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Bata Shoe Museum (Toronto, Canada) | Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture
Closes March 30, 2014

Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture explores the history of the sneaker from the 19th century through to today. Out of the Box is the first exhibition in North America to showcase the history of sneaker culture and features over 120 sneakers representing the past 150 years. Highlighting iconic sneakers from the 20th and 21st centuries, Museum visitors have the opportunity to explore the historical beginnings of the sneaker from its emergence in the 19th century to becoming one of the most democratic forms of footwear in the 20th century to its current position as status symbol and icon of urban culture.

Charleston Museum (NC) | Fashion in Fiction
Closes April 6, 2014

From the pages of classic literature comes the Charleston Museum's latest exhibition Fashion in Fiction. It explores the fundamental role clothing and style play in some of our most beloved works of fiction. From Jane Austen’s sprigged muslin dresses to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s swinging flappers and dapper gents, fashion often becomes integral to a story and even helps to fix it to a particular time in history. Using clothing and accessories from their historic textiles collection as well as books and illustrations from the Archives, the Charleston Museum offers a light-hearted look at popular 19th and early 20th century fashions and shows off styles brought to life by some of literature’s most memorable characters.
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The World Chess Hall of Fame (St. Louis, MO) | A Queen Within: Adorned Archetype, Fashion and Chess
Closes April 18, 2014

In the game of chess, the queen is considered the most powerful, and often, the most unpredictable piece. A queen, both in chess and as an archetype, embodies tradition, yet possesses the creative freedom to redefine the rules established by a patriarchal system. A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess explores the archetypes of a queen. Works from radical and experimental designers are used to highlight the queen archetypes in fashion and identify relationships with the cultural collective unconscious and traditions of storytelling. 

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MA) | Think Pink
Closes April 18, 2014

From pinking shears to pink ribbons, the color pink is associated with fashion and femininity; perhaps no other color has as much social significance and gender association. Think Pink explores the history and changing meanings of the color as its popularity ebbed and flowed in fashion and visual culture from the 18th century to the present day. An interdisciplinary show drawing from across the MFA collections, Think Pink juxtaposes clothing, accessories, graphic illustrations, jewelry, and paintings to shed light on changes in style; the evolution of pink for girls, blue for boys; and advances in color technology.

Museum of London (UK) | Made in London: Jewellery Now
Closes April 27, 2014

London serves as a training ground, workshop, market place and inspiration to a large number of jewellery makers. Made in London: Jewellery Now explores the creations and unique vision of the most exciting, imaginative and boundary-pushing jewellers working in the capital today. Also on view until April 27th is an exhibition investigating the secrets of the Cheapside Hoard: London's Lost Jewels. This extraordinary and priceless treasure of late 16th and early 17th century jewels and gemstones – displayed in its entirety for the first time in over a century – was discovered in 1912, buried in a cellar on Cheapside in the City of London.

Kent State Museum (OH) | Fashion Timeline
Closes June 28, 2014

Fashion Timeline showcases the Kent State University Museum’s world-class collection of historic fashions. Encompassing two centuries of fashion history, this exhibition is designed to show the evolution of styles and silhouettes while contextualizing the pieces with relevant political, technological and cultural developments. A virtual timeline accompanies the exhibition. 

Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK) | The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014
April 5 - July 27, 2014

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014 will be a comprehensive look at Italian Fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story will be explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to Italy's reputation for quality and style.

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Kent State Museum ()OH | Shifting Paradigms: Fashion + Technology
Closes August 31, 2014

Shifting Paradigms: Fashion + Technology seeks to address pioneering applications of technology that will have a radical effect on the future of personal expression, image and clothing. The exhibition is divided into four categories: Generative Technology Design, Democracy of Preference/ Subversion of Traditional Production, DIY, Technology and Expression. These four categories illustrate how designers are creatively addressing technology in a wide variety of forms to express changing 21st-century culture.

The Fashion Museum of Hasselt (Belgium) | Moda. Made in Italy
Closes September 2, 2014

In Moda. Made in Italy various thematic lines illustrate the extraordinary, yet complex, history of Italian fashion. The starting point is the post World War II period, when the Florentine businessman Giovanni Battista Giorgini decided to organize shows to promote Italian fashion, at that time primarily renowned for its accessories.

Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK) | Wedding Dress 1775-2014 
May 3, 2014 – March 15, 2015

Wedding Dress 1775-2014 traces the development of the fashionable white wedding dress and its treatment by key fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang offering a panorama of fashion over the last two centuries. 

Kensington Palace (London, UK) | Fashion Rules
Until summer 2015!

A nipped-in waist in the 50s. Diaphanous fabrics and short hemlines in the 60s and 70s. Sparkles and shoulder pads in the 80s. These are the fashion rules we all dressed by – even members of the Royal Family. Featuring rare and exquisite dresses from HM Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales, Fashion Rules will provide a feast for the eyes and a nostalgic glance back at recent decades. 
Dolley Madison Dolley Madison's embroidered silk satin open robe with hand-embroidery, late 1810s.

National Museum of American History (Washington DC) | The First Ladies

The First Ladies explores the unofficial but important position of first lady and the ways that different women have shaped the role to make their own contributions to the presidential administrations and the nation. The exhibition features more than two dozen gowns from the Smithsonian’s almost 100-year old First Ladies Collection, including those worn by Frances Cleveland, Lou Hoover, Jacqueline Kennedy, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. The First Ladies encourages visitors to consider the changing role played by the first lady and American women over the past 200 years.
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