Upcoming Exhibitions

Image: Alexander McQueen, dress, Horn of Plenty collection, Fall 2009, England, museum purchase. 2016.63.1

Opening May 30, Force of Nature will examine how the beauty and complexity of the natural world have inspired fashion designers for centuries. With a selection of pieces by Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garçons, Cristobal Balenciaga, and other designers, this exhibition will demonstrate the deep interconnectedness between fashion and the natural sciences.

See all current exhibitions.

Fashion Culture

Photo: Nicole Kidman wearing John Galliano for Dior. Kevin Mazur/WireImage, 1997.

On Tuesday, May 16, Hal Rubenstein returns to the museum for an exciting conversation about contemporary style. Join him for a discussion on the influence of red carpet looks on today’s society. Register online.

Special Events

Rocking Fashion: Françoise Hardy, Courtney Love, Patti Smith, DEVO

Zip-up coveralls, safety helmets, swim goggles, plastic wigs, “energy domes”— just a few of the many items employed by frontman Mark Mothersbaugh and his band DEVO onstage and in their music videos. On May 8, Colleen Hill will join a panel discussion to examine how musicians of our time employ clothing and accessories to craft their stage personas. Learn more about this free event.

Black Fashion Designers

Patrick Kelly, dress, Fall/Winter 1986, France, Museum purchase, 2016.48.1
Explore the Black Fashion Designers exhibition website to learn about many of the designers featured in the exhibition and also about significant fashion events, such as The Battle of Versailles and the Ebony Fashion Fair.