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A Calendar of Global Fashion-related Exhibitions: 2014

Exhibitions in the New York area:

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


Exposed: A History of Lingerie examines intimate apparel from the mid-eighteenth century to the present and features over sixty objects from the Museum’s permanent collection. Opens June 3, 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 | Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art
Closes 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.


Georg Dobler. Brooch, 2013. Twigs cast from nature, oxidized silver, paint.

Gallery Loupe (Montclair, NJ) | Twogether: Georg Dobler / Margit Jäschke
Closes May 3, 2014

When considering the jewelry of Georg Dobler and Margit Jäschke in Twogether, partners in life as in art, the sheer beauty of each object can obscure the subtle strength of layered meaning. Both utilize structure, surface, texture, and color to create brooches and necklaces of perfect proportion and gestural grace. They each assemble their chosen materials, but where Dobler's 3-D mélanges rely additionally upon negative space or geometric planes of saturated hue, Jäschke opts for visual disparity within dense pictorial imagery.

Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute (Utica, NY) | American Royalty: The Kennedys, Fashion & Celebrity Photographs by Mark Shaw
Closes May 4, 2014

American Royalty: The Kennedys, Fashion & Celebrity, Photographs by Mark Shaw showcases timeless images of John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy. Museum staff worked with the Monroe Gallery of Photography, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Mark Shaw Photographic Archives to select the 50 prints in the exhibition, which can only be seen in Utica.

New-York Historical Society Museum and Library | Bill Cunningham: Façades
Closes June 15, 2014

In 1968, photographer Bill Cunningham embarked on an eight-year project to document the architectural riches and fashion history of New York City. Scouring the city’s thrift stores, auction houses, and street fairs for vintage clothing, and scouting sites on his bicycle, Cunningham generated a photographic essay entitled Façades, which paired models—in particular his muse, fellow photographer Editta Sherman—in period costumes with historic settings. The photographer donated 88 silver gelatin prints from the series to the New-York Historical Society in 1976, and now, almost four decades later, Bill Cunningham: Façades highlights the historical perspective the photographs suggest—not just of the distant past, but of the particular time in which they were created.



""Bill Cunningham, GM Building, New York City, c. 1968-1976, gelatin silver photograph. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Bill Cunningham

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.

Charles JamesCharles James "Butterfly" Ball Gown, ca. 1955, Brown silk chiffon and silk satin, dark brown nylon tulle. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Fund, 2013.

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.



Brooklyn Museum | Killer Heels:The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe
September 10, 2014 - February 15, 2015

Killer Heels explores fashion’s most provocative accessory. From the high platform chopines of sixteenth-century Italy to the glamorous stilettos on today’s runways and red carpets, the exhibition looks at the high-heeled shoe’s rich and varied history and its enduring place in our popular imagination.

The Museum of the City of New York | Gilded New York
On-going

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:

Design Museum (Helsinki, Finland) | Henrik Vibskov
Closes May 11, 2014

This exhibition delves into the fantastic world of Henrik Vibskov, a pioneer of contemporary Danish fashion design and a boundless inventor and displays the whole creative process of the rising star of contemporary fashion design and his cross-disciplinary fervour. The core of the exhibition consists of Vibskov’s latest work and his solo exhibition Neck Plus Ultra, which was on tour in Paris and Copenhagen earlier this year.


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Museum Folkwang (Essen, Germany) | Karl Lagerfeld
Closes May 11, 2014

For over 50 years, Karl Lagerfeld has enjoyed great success as a fashion designer. As Creative Director for CHANEL (since 1981) and FENDI (since 1965) he has become one of the most important players in the international fashion world, but has also gained fame as an astute and sharp-tongued aphorist of the everyday. During this period, Lagerfeld has also worked for other fashion houses and launched sensational collections under his own name. Since 1975, alongside fashion, he has been designing jewellery, furniture, musical instruments, books and toys and, in cooperation with musicians, directors and architects, opera and theatre costumes, stage sets and architecture. Karl Lagerfeld is more of a snapshot than a retrospective, showing the man’s seemingly boundless creative energy in all its facets: fashion, drawings and photographs, films and books, product design, advertising.


""© Lars Nilsson

Hallwyl Museum (Stockholm, Sweden) | Hats off! Hats from the Lars Nilsson Collection
Closes June 8, 2014

Like Wilhelmina von Hallwyl, designer Lars Nilsson is a devoted collector. He has worked for Christian Lacroix, and has been Head of Design at the fashion houses Nina Ricci and Bill Blass. Lars Nilsson arrived in Paris in 1987 and studied at the fashion school of the Fédération française de la couture. His impressive collection of hats comprises no less than 270 items, with many highlights from fashion houses like Chanel, Lacroix, Saint Laurent and designers like Philip Treacy. Glamorous, extravagant, sculptural, fanciful, rare – but also quite a few remarkably plain examples from this unique collection is now exhibited at The Hallwyl Museum in Stockholm.


The Textile Museum Prato (Italy) | The White Shirt According to Me: Gianfranco Ferré
Closes June 15, 2014

My Idea of a White Shirt: Gianfranco Ferré explores the universe behind Ferré’s history and creative process. The exhibition focuses on how the designer constructed the shirt through a constant reflection and reinterpretation of shapes which spans more than two decades (1982-2006). The first section of the show highlights the “behind the scenes” with sketches, notes, videos, technical drawings and macro images that prepare the visitor for the “army” of shirts in the second section, which includes an “inside out” shirt and a silk bustier that stunningly opens like a flower.

The Design Museum (London, UK) | Hello, My Name is Paul Smith
Closes June 22, 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.

Villa Manin (Codroipo, Italy) | Trame Di Cinema: Danilo Donati and Sartoria Farani
Closes June 22, 2014

Trame Di Cinema shows the extraordinary costume collection designed by Danilo Donati during his long and successful career as set designer and costume creator. 111 perfectly restored costumes are on display in eighteen rooms; they had been commissioned by some of Italy's most famous movie directors, ranging from Federico Fellini to Pier Paolo Pasolini, from Franco Zeffirelli to Alberto Lattuada, from Sergio Citti to Roberto Faenza. Directors' voices, film soundtracks and a selection of scripts accompany the visitor on a journey through reconstructed film sets.

The Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) | The Gijs+Emmy Spectacle
Closes August 24, 2014

The exhibition The Gijs+Emmy Spectacle, Fashion and Jewelry design by Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum is based on a legendary fashion show presented by the artist duo Gijs Bakker (1942) and Emmy van Leersum (1930–1984) in 1967.

The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburg, PA) | Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede
May 18 - August 24, 2014

The exhibition Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede examines the interconnected lives and creative practices of Andy Warhol and Halston - two American icons who had a profound impact on the development of 20th century art and fashion. Organized by The Andy Warhol Museum and Lesley Frowick (the niece of Halston), the exhibition integrates Halston’s garments and accessories with photography, video and paintings by Warhol.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris, France) | Dries Van Noten
Closes 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.

Textile Museum of Canada (Toronto, Ontario) | Fashioning the Intangible: The conceptual clothing of Ying Gao
May 7 - September 1, 2014

The expressive garments of Canadian designer Ying Gao appear to be made of air and light. Bridging art, science and technology, Gao’s clothing materializes the immaterial with interplay between matter and imagination, and between the tangible body and the infinite expression of its embellishment. A focus on urban cultures and transformation is central to Fashioning the Intangible: The conceptual clothing of Ying Gao, which presents six installations produced between 2008 and 2013.

Philadelphia Museum of Art (PA) | Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love
April 27 - November 30, 2014

“I want my clothes to make you smile”—that was the goal of late African American designer Patrick Kelly in creating his bold, bright, and joyful creations. Kelly (c. 1954–1990) achieved this on the streets, nightclubs, and runways of New York, Paris, and beyond in the heady, inventive, and often-subversive urban milieu of the 1980s. Runway of Love is an expansive retrospective showcasing some eighty ensembles that were recently presented to the Museum as a promised gift by Kelly’s business and life partner, Bjorn Guil Amelan, and Bill T. Jones. Kelly’s designs are complemented by selections from the artist’s significant collection of black memorabilia, videos of his exuberant fashion shows, and photographs by renowned artists including Horst P. Horst, Pierre et Gilles, and Oliviero Toscani.


""Patrick Kelly ensemble, Fall 1989, Promised girft of Bjorn guil Amelan and Bill T. Jones.

Fashion Museum - Bath (Bath, UK) | David Sassoon: A Life in Fashion - Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany
Closes January 1, 2015

In 2011 British fashion designer David Sassoon donated his archive of hundreds of fashion drawings from the late 1950s to the 2000s to the Fashion Museum in Bath. This generous gift charts the history of the firm Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mulanny as one of London’s top couturiers, and represents an unparalleled record of a life in fashion. David Sassoon: A Life in Fashion celebrates both the gift of the archive to the museum, and the three extraordinary designers - Belinda Belville, David Sassoon, and Lorcan Mullany - who together have run this uniquely British fashion house for over 50 years.


Fashioning identity

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.


Benaki Museum (Athens, Greece) | Brides: Tradition and Fashion in Greece
Closes June 17, 2014

Focusing on weddings, Brides: Tradition and Fashion in Greece presents a large array of clothing from the collections of the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation. From elegant and ornate wedding dresses at the close of the 19th century to the avant-garde creations of modern designers and eccentric appearances of brides in the 21st century, the creation of wedding apparel goes hand-in-hand with fashion trends in a very particular way, oftentimes drawing its inspiration from the shapes of the past or forecasting future fashion trends.

Museum Angewandte Kunst (Frankfurt, Germany) | The Weather Diaries. 3rd Nordic Fashion Biennale
Closes June 22, 2014

The Nordic Fashion Biennale (NFB) is a dynamic platform to promote West Nordic fashion design. It is an arena that brings together designers, artists, academics, business entrepreneurs and specialists in the field of fashion. This year’s Biennale offers an inspiring and aesthetic exhibit, entitled The Weather Diaries, uniting the works of many of the most talented designers from the Nordic islands:

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.

Israel Museum (Jerusalem) | Dress Codes: Revealing the Jewish Wardrobe
Closes October 25, 2014

From India to Tunis, New York to Baghdad: dresses, suits, wedding outfits, undergarments, and children’s clothing. Dress Codes: Revealing the Jewish Wardrobe features a spectacular range of 19th to 20th century Jewish garments from around the world, offering a multi-cultural view of dress, its significance, and its influences on the styles of 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.

"" Betty David (Spokane), Coat, 1999. Bequest of Elizabeth J. Thompson.

Rough Point (Newport, RI) | No Rules: The Personal Style of Doris Duke
Closes November 9, 2014

Doris Duke - heiress, philanthropist and preservationist - was a style icon. She enjoyed fashion and tried new trends, but made her own rules of style. In No Rules: The Personal Style of Doris Duke her outfits reflect both her diverse interests, and how she didn't always fit the standard rules of dressing.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (IL) | David Bowie Is
September 23, 2014 - January 4, 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. 

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:

Musee du Quai Branly (Paris, France) | "L’Atlantique noir" de Nancy Cunard
Closes May 18, 2014

80 years ago, on 15 February 1934, Englishwoman Nancy Cunard (1896-1965), a symbol of the Anglo-Saxon and French avant-garde of the early 20th century, published Negro Anthology. Lavishly illustrated, this 858-page book, resembled a major documentary enquiry, blending popular culture, sociology, politics, history, and art history through articles, archives, photographs, extracts from the press, musical scores, and eye-witness accounts. Nancy Cunard: Negro Anthology presents the transnational artistic, literary, and political networks constructed by Nancy Cunard in the years between 1910 and 1930 which have made this anthology a monument to black history.


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Christopher Guye Galerie (Zurich, Switzerland) | Miles Aldridge: The Age of Pleasure
Closes May 24, 2014

The solo exhibition Miles Aldridge: The Age of Pleasure, will show works of women and colour, Aldridge’s twin obsessions. Aldridge’s work has never been constrained by the demands of the fashion world. His many influences include film directors such as David Lynch and Federico Fellini; the styled elegance of fashion photographer Richard Avedon and the psychedelic illustrations of his father, Alan Aldridge.



Palais Galliera (Paris, France) | Coming into Fashion, a Century of Photography at Condé Nast
Closes May 25, 2014

Elegance and seduction, excellence and artistic sense make the spirit of Condé Nast. For a century, the publishing conglomerate - editor of magazines Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour or W - plays a role determining in the field of the fashion photography. Coming into Fashion, a Century of Photography at Condé Nast draws on the archives of Condé Nast New York, Paris, Milan, and London, bringing together some 150 mostly original prints from leading fashion photographers from 1918 through to the present day.

Museé Dior Granville (Granville, France) | The Legendary Images: Great Photographers and Dior
May 3 - September 21, 2014

Celebrating its long history of legendary documentation through the lenses of the world’s most iconic photographers, the Christian Dior Museum unveils The Legendary Images: Great Photographers and Dior. The museum, housed within Dior’s belle époque style childhood home overlooking the sea in Granville, north France, features over 200 images from a wide-spanning range of famed photographers including Cecil Beaton, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Nick Knight, Ines Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and Patrick Demarchelier. Also on show are 60 of Dior’s most lavish Haute Couture gowns and a large number of archival materials showcasing the evolution of beautiful imagery that has so long been synonymous with the French fashion power house.

Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK) | Horst: Photographer of Style
September 6, 2014 – January 4, 2015

The V&A presents Horst: Photographer of Style, the definitive retrospective of the work of Horst P. Horst (1906-99), one of the 20th century’s master photographers. In a career that spanned six decades, Horst photographed the exquisite creations of couturiers such as Chanel, Schiaparelli and Vionnet in 1930s Paris, and helped to launch the careers of many models. In New York a decade later, he experimented with early colour techniques and his meticulously composed, artfully lit images leapt from the magazine page. 


""Mainbocher Corset (pink satin corset by Detolle), Paris, 1939. © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Unraveling Textiles:

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.

""Image © Fashion and Textile Museum.


Fashion and Textile Museum London (UK) | Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol
Closes May 17, 2014

Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol traces the history of 20th century art in textiles. Highlights include work by Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Raoul Dufy, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Ben Nicholson and Andy Warhol. The exhibition features examples of key European and American art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art; as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers. Artist Textiles shows how ordinary people were once able to engage with modern art in a personal and intimate way through their clothing and home furnishings. The exhibition features over 200 rare pieces, many of which have not been on public display before.


The Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC) | Allure of Flowers: Botanical Motifs in Craft, Design, & Fashion
Closes August 10, 2014

Floral patterns have appeared in decorative arts since ancient times. Inspired by the forms, colors, and textures of the botanical world, artists from across the globe have copied and interpreted individual flowers, bouquets, and gardens in glass, ceramic, textile, and jewelry design. Allure of Flowers presents a survey of outstanding works from the mid-nineteenth century to today that collectively illustrate the evolution of floral ornament in modern and contemporary applied art.

Fashion and Textile Museum (London, UK) | Made in Mexico: The Rebozo in Art, Culture & Fashion
June 6 - August 30, 2014

Made in Mexico explores the key role textiles have played in promoting Mexican culture worldwide from the 17th century to the present day. The rebozo is the classic Mexican shawl made famous in 20th century culture by artist Frida Kahlo. Rebozos on display include major loans from: the Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City; the Museum of Textiles, Oaxaca; the British Museum and rebozos from private collections that have never been shown in public before. Contemporary Mexican and UK artists, photographers, fashion and textile designers also present new work created in response to the rebozo and Mexican textiles – including Francisco Toledo, Graciela Iturbide, Carla Fernandez, Zandra Rhodes and Kaffe Fassett.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, MA) | Carla Fernández: The Barefoot Designer: A Passion for Radical Design and Community
Closes September 1, 2014

Carla Fernández: The Barefoot Designer: A Passion for Radical Design and Community explores the traditions and techniques of indigenous Mexican artisans and how they can be applied to modern fashion and styles. This first-ever fashion exhibition at the Gardner Museum explores the development of a new language in visual design that Fernández has built over two decades. She uses a method called "the Square Root" based on the Mexican tradition of making clothing from squares and rectangles. This process emphasizes forms of fabric and delicate, thoughtful construction based on whole fabric, as opposed to cutting in curves and molding to the body.

American Museum in Britain (Bath, UK) | KAFFE 2014 – The Colourful World of Kaffe Fassett
Closes November 2, 2014

World-renowned knitwear and textile designer Kaffe Fassett returns to the American Museum in Britain in 2014 to celebrate his fifty years working as an artist and colourist. The Colourful World of Kaffe Fassett showcases how Kaffe lives by his maxim to find colour in a grey world. Over one hundred sumptuous works of textile art – a kaleidoscope of knitwear, needlepoint, beading, and quilts – are on display alongside vibrant mosaics and still life paintings by Fassett.


Elsewhere around the globe:

Garden Museum (London, U.K.) | Fashion & Gardens: Spring/Summer - Autumn/Winter
Closes April 27, 2014

Like gardeners working in their gardens, the modern fashion world follows a seasonal cycle, always looking ahead to the next season, trying to anticipate the changes of light, temperature, mood and scale that await at the turn of the year. Both gardens and dress aim to bring a sense of occasion to a season. Fashion & Gardens is the first exhibition to explore the relationship between fashion and garden design, from the age of Queen Elizabeth I to the catwalks of London Fashion Week 2014.

""Lady Birley by Valerie Finnis

Charleston Museum (NC) | Fashion Flashback: 1970s
Closes April 27, 2014

Fashion Flashback: 1970s showcases everything from flower power patterns and paisley prints to the structured polyester leisure suit. This decade was a flamboyant period for fashion and style, full of often outrageous trends. Like other elements of 1970s pop culture, clothing was fraught with contradictions and extremes. Some styles reflected a romantic, nostalgic view of the past while others created a sharp, almost harsh vision of the future.

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.

Saco Museum (Saco, ME) | From the Elegant to the Everyday: 200 Years of Fashion in Northern New England
Closes May 3, 2014

Drawn from the collection of the Saco Museum, as well as other institutions in Maine and New Hampshire,From the Elegant to the Everyday focuses on the clothing worn by the inhabitants of northern New England from the 18th through the 20th centuries. It includes not only examples of "best" dress, but also items of everyday clothing.


""Jean Patou by Christian Lacroix, 1986-87. Appeared in Fashion Scandal.

Chicago History Museum (IL) | Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair
Closes May 11, 2014

The Ebony Fashion Fair began in 1958, and over the next 50 years the traveling fashion show blossomed into an American institution that raised millions for charity and helped Johnson Publishing Company reach audiences. Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair recreates the experience of the Ebony Fashion Fair through the story of Mrs. Johnson and more than 60 garments from icons of the fashion industry such as Yves St. Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, Christian Lacroix, and Patrick Kelly among others.

The National Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto, Japan) | Future Beauty: The Tradition of Reinvention in Japanese Fashion
Closes May 11, 2014

In the latter part of the 20th century, Japanese fashion soared to astounding heights throughout the world. Buoyed in part by Japan's remarkable economic growth, it developed its own, original identity over the years. In the 1970s, fashion designers such as Kenzo Takada, Issey Miyake and Hanae Mori presented their works in Paris, and attracted attention of Western eyes. Following in their footsteps, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto made their debut in Paris in 1981. Freed from the conventional aesthetics of western fashion, the works of these Japanese fashion designers were considered "avant-garde" and were met with mixed reception. Kyoto is the sixth city to host Future Beauty: The Tradition of Reinvention in Japanese Fashion.

Kunsthal (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) | S.H.O.E.S. Head over Heels
Closes May 11, 2014

The story of women's shoe design from 1900 to the present is told in S.H.O.E.S: Head over Heels. More than 500 shoes created by celebrated designers such as André Perugia and Salvatore Ferragamo, international "stars" Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin, as well as contemporary and rising young talent are on view. Shoes as genuine, finely fashioned objets d'art, ranging from Victorian boots to seductive slippers and from high heels to futuristic pieces.

Palazzo Pitti (Florence, Italy) | Hats Between Art and Extravaganza
Closes May 18, 2014

Hats Between Art and Extravaganza is a monographic show devoted to the hat. The museum indeed possesses collections – deriving from the generosity of numerous donors – amounting to over a thousand exemplars, normally stored in the repositories and only a part of which is destined to the exhibition. Despite the prevalence of famous fashion houses, including Christian Dior, Givenchy, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, John Rocha, Prada, Gianfranco Ferré and celebrated international milliners of the past and present such as Philip Treacy, Stephen Jones, Caroline Reboux, Claude Saint-Cyr, Paulette, it is also the first time that creations by Italian and Florentine milliners whose existence was hardly known of have been put on display.

Centraal Museum Utrecht (the Netherlands) | The Seven Deadly Sins: Hieronymus Bosch Inspires Jurgen Bey
Closes May 18, 2014

The Seven Deadly Sins: Hieronymus Bosch Inspires Jurgen Bey is a colourful collection of objects. It is comprised of objects from the Centraal Museum depot, together with a representative selection of work from Studio Makkink & Bey, as well as work by contemporary artists and designers. Studio Makkink & Bey combines them in modern takes of scenes of the famous painting by Hieronymus Bosch. The objects have sometimes quite literally been replaced, but more often an object is used that underlines or refers to the associative meaning.

FIDM Gallery Orange County (CA) | Bound to Impress: Corsets from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection
Closes June 14, 2014

For centuries, corsets contorted the female figure into the reigning ideal. Bound to Impress: Corsets from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection highlights these unnatural fashions between the 1760s and the 1820s. Whether conically shaped with rigid backs and flattened breasts or rounded hourglasses with sloped shoulders and cinched waistlines, garment silhouettes followed the dictates of these concealed undergarments. This exhibition covers sixty years—from the Ancien Régime, through the French Revolution, during the age of Napoléon, to the era of British Romanticism.


"" Corset, Europe, c. 1765. Image © FIDM

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.

Kent State Museum (OH) | Pretty Pleats
Closes June 29, 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.

Phoenix Art Museum (AZ) | Hollywood Costume
Closes July 6, 2014

Arriving in Phoenix from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Hollywood Costume is a multimedia exhibition that explores the essentials of costume design and illuminates the costume designer’s creative process, bringing together more than 100 of the world’s most iconic costumes from a century of filmmaking.

Bass Museum of Art (Miami Beach, FL) | Vanitas: Fashion and Art
Closes July 20, 2014

Curated by Harold Koda, the celebrated Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Vanitas: Fashion and Art examines the theme of vanitas as expressed by avant garde ready-to-wear and haute couture fashion and contemporary artworks. Traditionally used to refer to a type of still life painting popular in the Netherlands during the seventeenth century, the term ‘vanitas’ has become more generally associated with art that meditates on the ephemeral character of earthly pleasures and worldly accomplishments, and highlights the fragility of our desires in the face of the inevitability of death. Today, a number of artists address similar themes across a range of media. Moreover, with its accelerated cycle of obsolescence, explicit manifestation of status and material success, and potential for narcissistic self-regard, fashion is a particularly apt medium through which to explore the exhibition’s central theme.

Mode Museum (Antwerp, Belgium) | Birds of Paradise. Plumes & Feathers in Fashion
Closes August 24, 2014

Birds of Paradise. Plumes & Feathers in Fashion is an ode to the elegance and refinement of the application of plumes and feathers in fashion and haute couture. Through a mixture of accessories, garments and couture dresses, the different characteristics of the various plumes and feathers are highlighted: sophistication, femininity, wealth and luxury, but also dark romance.


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

Also at the Kent State Museum is Shifting Paradigms: Fashion + Technology, an exhibition that 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.

Philadelphia Museum of Art (PA) | Silver and Gold Fashions since 1960
Closes October 31, 2014

In the mood for a bit of razzle-dazzle? Then explore glamorous and glittering dresses and accessories that utilize metallics in fashion-forward ways in Silver and Gold Fashions since 1960. See how designers Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Geoffrey Beene, Paco Rabanne, Rudi Gernreich, and others have used sparkling fabrics, embroidery, sequins, beads, and linked rings to put a twinkle in your eye.

Winterthur Museum (DE) | Costumes of Downton Abbey
Closes January 4, 2015

In Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Forty historically inspired costumes from the television show will be displayed and supplemented by photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur.

Fashion Museum - Bath (Bath, UK) | Georgians
Closes January 1, 2015

Georgians celebrates the museum’s situation in the Georgian Assembly Rooms in Bath. The new exhibition will present a selection of the finest fashions worn by those attending Assemblies and other glittering occasions of 18th century life. The exhibition will include over 30 original 18th century outfits and ensembles from the museum’s world-class collection, including gowns made of colorful and richly patterned woven silks, as well as embroidered coats and waistcoats worn by Georgian gentlemen of fashion.


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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.


Dolley Madison Dolley Madison's embroidered silk satin open robe with hand-embroidery, late 1810s.

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.


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

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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