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Current and upcoming fashion exhibitions 2010- 2011

Exhibitions in the New York area include:

The offerings at The Museum at FIT...

Alexander McQueen Alexander McQueen, evening dress, black leather, white silk, black tulle, fall 2008, France, museum purchase. His and Hers, an exhibition on gender and fashion in the Fashion and Textile History Gallery, runs through May 10, 2011.  In our lower gallery exhibition Japan Fashion Now is on view until April 2, 2011;

Portraits in Praise of Women by John Singer Sargent is the topic of an exhibition at the Fenimore Museum in Cooperstown, NY through December 31, 2010;

The Fenimore compliments the Singer show with Empire Waists, Bustles & Lace: A Century of New York Fashion, a collection of New York historic dresses. Also on view through December 31, 2010;

On Stage in Fashion celebrates New York theater and the collaborations of performers with fashion designers. Now until January 22, 2011 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts;

The Upholstered Woman: Women's Fashions of the 1870s and 1880s is Part II (1880-1885) of a three-part exhibition series at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT. This second installment runs until March 20, 2011 and Part III (1885-1890) will open Fall 2011;

and Balenciaga: Spanish Master at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in New York runs through February 19, 2011.
Irma Duncan, Isadora Duncan and Serge Essenin, ca. 1923 Irma Duncan, Isadora Duncan and Serge Essenin, ca. 1923 / Irma Duncan Collection, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The NYPL for the Performing Arts

The image of fashion is ever present:


T. Berning & M. di Battista "Face Project 1"Tina Berning & Michelangelo di Battista, "Face Project 1", 2007 If photography is your thing, Photographing Fashion: British Style in the 1960s is at the Fashion Museum in Bath, U.K. until December 2010;

Fashion! is at Fotografiska in Stockholm, Sweden until January 2, 2011;

The Cincinnati Art Museum looks at Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman through January 2, 2011;

Avedon Fashion: 1944-2000 continues to travel. Now it is at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston until January 17, 2011;

and you can find more on Avedon at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Richard Avedon: Fashion, Stage, and Screen. On view until January 30, 2011;

It's not all serious in Fashion Fantasies: fashion plates and fashion satire, 1775-1925 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London through January 2011;

Drawing Fashion, at the Design Museum in London, celebrates some of their most remarkable fashion illustrations from the 20th and 21st Century. Runs until March 6, 2011;

and Creating the look: Benini and fashion photography explores the creative processes involved in styling, crafting and designing iconic fashion photographs. This exhibition on Australian fashion photographer is at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia until April 18, 2011.
Illustration "May" by Robert Dighton
Robert Dighton, 'May', from the series 'Allegorical Representations of the Months', watercolour, bodycolour and ink on paper, c. 1785. V&A Museum no. E37 - 1947

Another theme? Designer tributes:

designed by Yohji Yamamoto Yohji Yamamoto RTW SS2011 Turn of the Century, including Helmut Lang celebrates a recent donation by the designer to the Fashion Museum in Bath, England. The exhibition continues throughout 2010.

The British milliner Stephen Jones is celebrated with a retrospective at Momu in Antwerp with Stephen Jones and the Accent of Fashion until February 13, 2011.

Culture Chanel will be at MOCA Shanghai from January 15 through March 14, 2011. The exhibit will be curated by Jean-Louis Froment, a French art director and critic. Does this soften the sense that this is more of a pop-up shop than an exhibition?

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston contributes with Scaasi: American Couturier through June 19, 2011.
Two Balenciaga exhibitions are happening this year (the other is in NYC, listed above). With Balenciaga and Spain, The De Young Museum in San Francisco explores Spanish culture, history, and traditions as recurring themes in Balenciaga’s oeuvre. March 26 - July 4, 2011.

London is hitting it out of the ballpark with fashion exhibitions. And here they are with Yohji Yamamoto at the Victoria and Albert Museum form March 12 - July 11, 2011.

Exhibitions devoted to the style women always intrigue:

The Museum of the City of New York has unveiled Notorious and Notable: Twentieth Century Women of Style, now open through January 2, 2011;

The Phoenix Art Museum presents Extending the Runway: Tatiana Sorokko Style until January 2, 2011;

The Fashion Museum in Bath celebrates Princess Diana with The Diana Dresses until January 9, 2011;

and The Museum at FIT will feature Daphne Guinness and her unique fashion sensibility from September 2011 to January 2012.
1940-ties crepe costumeMitered stripe synthetic crepe costume, worn by Gypsy Rose Lee, forties. / MCNY

Elsewhere around the globe:


designed by Georges Braque, ballet costume Costume worn by Alice Nikitina as Flore in Zéphyre et Flore for the Ballet Russes, designed by Georges Braque, 1925. Museum no. S.838&A-1980  A stunning array of wedding attire in I Do! Chicago Ties the Knot reveals 150 years of fashion favored by Chicago couples. On view until January 3, 2011.

Awesome technological experiments in fashion are on view in Mechanical Couture: Fashioning a New Order through January 08, 2011 at Israel’s Design Museum in Holon.

Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, 1909 - 1929 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London should NOT be missed...Runs through January 9, 2011.

To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color at the De Young Museum in San Francisco features 50 textiles and costumes from Africa, Asia and the Americas. Through January 9, 2011.

The translation of religious symbolism in contemporary fashion is the premise of Devout/Divine- Fashion vs. Religion at the Hasselt Museum in Belgium which runs until January 9, 2011.


In complement to all the contemporary Japanese fashion that abounds, The Muskegon Museum of Art in Michigan presents Splendid Threads, Secret Messages: The Language of Japanese Kimonos through January 23, 2011.

Something for men and women can be found at Automotivated: Streamlined Fashion And Automobiles at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Runs until January 23, 2011.

If you're in Florence, Italy, I wouldn't miss Bronzino, Artist and Poet at the Court of the Medici at the Palazzo Strozzi on view until January 23, 2011.

Notions of shape and construction are addressed in the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Body Unbound: Contemporary Couture from the IMA's Collection on view through January 30, 2011.

The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC presents The Art of Affluence: Haute Couture and Luxury Fashions 1947-2007 and The Heights of Fashion: Platform Shoes Then and Now, through January 30, 2011.
Future Beauty at the Barbican, LondonFuture Beauty at the Barbican, London

Japanese fashion is all the rage and the Barbican Art Gallery has thrown their hat into the exhibition ring with Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, exhibiting until February 6, 2011.

Image: Photo © 2010 Museum Associates/LACMA Image: Photo © 2010 Museum Associates/LACMA Here's a rare chance to see Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City at the Victoria and Albert Museum. On exhibit until February 27, 2011.

Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through April 3, 2011 examines sweeping changes that occurred in fashionable dress over a period of two hundred years.

Paper? Fashion? An artist fuses these disciplines in Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco from February 5 to June 5, 2011.

Get out your knitting needles...the Fashion and Textile Museum in London presents 20th Century Knitwear – From Home-Made To Haute Couture from March 18 - June 19, 2011.

Feather Wars: Surviving Fashion 1870 - 1920? at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County examines the extraordinary period of South Florida history in which a worldwide trend in women’s hats created a rush to riches for ordinary people, and near devastation for a population of splendid birds who inhabited the tropical wilderness. November 20, 2010 - Through June 30, 2011.

An Ideal History of Contemporary Fashion: 1990–2000 at Musée des Arts décoratifs from November 25, 2010 to July 3, 2011 retraces the history of contemporary fashion from the 1990s and 2000s.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London present the first international exhibition to explore the unconventional creativity of the Aesthetic Movement in Britain. The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement in Britain, 1860-1900 will run from April 2 - July 17, 2011.

As the nation’s bloodiest conflict dragged on, The Civil War, it took its toll not only in lives lost, but on fashion, supplies, household goods, and every aspect of life. That is the premise of Threads of War: Clothing and Textiles of the Civil War through September 5, 2011 at The Charleston Museum in Charleston, SC.
portrait of Mrs. Luke lonides by W. B. RichmondPortrait of Mrs. Luke lonides, William Blake Richmond, England, early 20th century. V&A Museum no. E.1062-2003.
British designers Vivienne Westwood, William Tempest, Boudicca, and Stephen Jones, use fashion to each tell the story of a different former Royal resident of Kensington Palace in the Enchanted Palace exhibition. Runs until January 2012.

Fashion Accessories from Head to Toe features costume accessories from the late seventeenth through the early nineteenth century. At Colonial Williamsburg January 29, 2011 through December 31, 2012.
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