Exhibitions in the New York area include:
Eco Fashion: Going Green runs through November 13, 2010 and our big fall exhibition
Japan Fashion Now will be on view from September 17, 2010 – January 8, 2011;
(Re)Fashioning Fiber, a look at sustainable fashion's fundamentals, will be on view at Green Spaces in New York until August 13, 2010;
Eco Chic – Towards Sustainable Swedish Fashion, at New York City's Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center, runs through August 21, 2010;
Icons of Costume: Hollywood's Golden Era and Beyond at the James Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA features the fashions and accessories worn by luminous film stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Warren Beatty, Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Kelly, and many others. It runs until September 5, 2010;
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;
and Balenciaga: Spanish Master opens at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in New York November 19, 2010 and runs through February 19, 2011
Exhibitions devoted to the style women are big this year:
American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity is The Metropolitan Museum of Art's blockbuster costume exhibition on view through August 15;
Grace Kelly: Style Icon graces the Victoria and Albert Museum at London, U.K. until September 26, 2010;
The Museum of the City of New York will unveil Notorious and Notable: Twentieth Century Women of Style from September 13 - November 25, 2010;
The Fashion Museum in Bath celebrates Princess Diana with The Diana Dresses from July 17, 2010 to January 11, 2011;
and Kent State University Museum in Ohio presents Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen from October 2, 2010 - September 4, 2011
And another theme? Shoes, shoes, shoes, shoes:
You can meet John Fluevog, Peter Fox and Ken Rice in Fox, Fluevog & Friends at the Museum of Vancouver until September 26;
and Sole Mates: Cowboy Boot and Art at the New Mexico Museum of Art through October 17 celebrates images of the West and views cowboy boots as important symbols of western life.
Elsewhere around the globe:
The Concise Dictionary of Dress, at Blythe House in London, re-describes clothing in terms of anxiety, wish and desire. Organized by renowned curator Judith Clark. On view until June 27, 2010.
Drape: Classical Mode to Contemporary Dress uses fashion, sculpture, painting, decorative arts and photography from antiquity to the present to explore the practice of draping cloth on the body. On view at The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia through June 27, 2010.
June brides will find inspiration visiting Aisle Style: 150 Years of Wedding Fashion at the Charleston Museum in South Carolina through June 30, 2010
Erwin Blumenfeld, Guy Bourdin, William Klein, Helmut Newton, Norman Parkinson, and Edward Steichen are featured in Diemar/Noble Photography's show in London: Threads: Six Masters of Fashion Photography until July 11, 2010.
The Museum Bellerive in Zurich, Switzerland presents Pap(i)er Fashion to show this basic material's use in modern and contemporary fashion. On view until August 1, 2010
The MoMu - Fashion Museum in Antwerp, Belgium goes dark with BLACK - Masters of Black in Fashion and Costume until August 8, 2010.
Fashion, drawings, photographs, and videos celebrate Jean-Paul Gaultier and choreographer Régine Chopinot's creative collaborations from 1983 to 1994. Gaultier / Chopinot - Le Défilé is on view at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan until August 15, 2010.
Costume pieces worn by Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana, Sly Stone, and others are on display in Somethin’s Happening Here: Bay Area Rock ‘n’ Roll 1963-1973, running now through August 28, 2010 at San Francisco’s Museum of Performance & Design.
A retrospective of over 100 of television's most memorable costume designs from the present will be on display this summer in FIDM’s annual exhibition The Art of Television Costume Design from July 27 – September 4, 2010.
Somerset House in London presents a major new exhibition celebrating 20 years of one of contemporary fashion’s most influential and enigmatic designers. Maison Martin Margiela ‘20‘ The Exhibition runs June 3 - September 5, 2010
There's nowhere to hide in The War Museum's Camouflage: From Battlefield to Catwalk, on view until September 6 in Ottowa, Ontario Canada
Pretty Much Everything is a survey of 300 art photos, fashion images and portraits by the photo team Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. On view at Amsterdam's Foam museum June 25- Sept. 15
This is one of two Balenciaga exhibitions happening this year (the other is NYC). With Balenciaga: Designing the Limits, the Bilbao Museum in Spain displays fashions through different areas of the Museum to stimulate the spectator into thinking about the role of fashion and clothing in individual and group identity. On view through September 26, 2010.
An Ideal History of Contemporary Fashion, vol. I: 70-80 at Musée des Arts décoratifs until October 10 retraces the history of contemporary fashion from the 1970s and 1980s. Vol 2 is to follow...
If photography is your thing, there is Photographing Fashion: British Style in the 1960s at the Fashion Museum in Bath, U.K. runs until December 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 continue throughout 2010.
A stunning array of wedding attire in I Do! Chicago Ties the Knot reveals 150 years of fashion favored by Chicago couples. Runs through January 3, 2011
Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, 1909 - 1929 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London should NOT be missed...September 25, 2010 - January 9, 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 British milliner Stephen Jones is celebrated with a retrospective at Momu in Antwerp with Stephen Jones and the Accent of Fashion from September 8, 2010 til February 13, 2011.
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.
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.