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See Fashion This Year

There are a bunch of great fashion exhibitions this year!

Exhibitions in the New York area include:

Japan Fashion NowThe current offerings at The Museum at FIT...
American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity is The Metropolitan Museum of Art's blockbuster costume exhibition on view May 5 through August 15;

American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection, which marks the new relationship between the Brooklyn Museum and the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, presents some of the most important strengths of the collection;

Eco Chic - Towards Sustainable Swedish Fashion, opens at New York City's Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center on May 5 and runs through August 21, 2010;

and Portraits in Praise of Women by John Singer Sargent, is the topic of an exhibition at the Fenimore Museum in Cooperstown, NY from May 29 through December 31, 2010

Do I see a theme? Exhibitions devoted to the style of individual women: 

Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo: The Mystery of Style (which includes items from the collection of MFIT) runs until April 4, 2010 at La Triennale Design Museum in Milan, Italy

Kate Moss
remains on view at the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris, France until April 25

The couture wardrobe of the first Soviet/Russian model to achieve world wide success goes on display in Extending the Runway: Tatiana Sorokko Style on view from April 3 – May 1, 2010 at All-Russian Decorative-Applied and Folk Arts Museum in Moscow, Russia and

Grace Kelly: Style Icon
graces the Victoria and Albert Museum at London, U.K. April 17 - September 26, 2010

And another theme? Shoes, shoes, shoes, shoes:Westwood Shoe

A shoe triple threat with Dr Martens at 50: The Making of an Icon, Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, Northampton, UK until May 16, 2010

The Heights of Fashion: Platform Shoes Then and Now
at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, NC until May 30, 2010 and 

Beth Levine: First Lady of Shoes
at Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA through June 6, 2010


Elsewhere around the globe:


Hollywood 2010: The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design at the FIDM Museum & Galleries in Los Angeles through April 17 surveys costumes from last year's films.

The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida is the latest venue for the traveling photography show Avedon Fashion 1944-2000. It is up through May 9th.

If photography is your thing, there is also Photographing Fashion: British Style in the 1960s at the Fashion Museum in Bath, U.K. March 27 - December 2010.

Hussein Chalayan- from fashion and back examines the designer's innovative use of materials and progressive attitudes to new technology and social criticism. On view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo's from April 3, 2010 until June 20, 2010.

Notions of shape and construction will be addressed in the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Body Unbound: Contemporary Couture from the IMA's Collection on view from April 10, 2010 to January 30, 2011.

There's nowhere to hide in The War Museum's Camouflage: From Battlefield to Catwalk, on view until September 6 in Ottowa, Ontario Canada

Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915
at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from September 26 – April 3, 2011 examines sweeping changes that occurred in fashionable dress over a period of two hundred years.

Who doesn't like Paris? Well, two fashion exhibitions make it that much more enticing.

Ballet Russe

Yves Saint Laurent runs through August 29 at the Musée du Petit Palais, and

An Ideal History of Contemporary Fashion, vol. I: 70-80
at Musée des Arts décoratifs from April 1 – October 10 will retrace the history of contemporary fashion from the 1970s and 1980s. Vol 2 is to follow...

And other European offerings include...

The Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich, Germany unveils Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts until May 23, 2010.

The MoMu - Fashion Museum in Antwerp, Belgium goes dark with BLACK - Masters of Black in Fashion and Costume until August 8, 2010.

Turn of the Century, including Helmut Lang celebrates a recent donation by the designer to the Fashion Museum in Bath, England. The exhibition will open May 1 and continue throughout 2010.

And last but certainly not least, for it should NOT be missed...Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, 1909 - 1929 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London September 25, 2010 -January 9, 2011