Current and Upcoming Fashion Exhibitions in Bath, London, NYC and Paris

An updated list of inspirational fashion, textiles and clothing exhibitions for 2014 (Bath, London, NYC and Paris).

I’ve also added in some art exhibits that sound good. The fashion exhibits listed are a mix of fashion photography as well as fashion garments. Lots of things happening in 2014 – it’s going to be a busy year!

On NOW:

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Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol (31st Jan – 17th May 2014) The Fashion and Textiles Museum in London traces the history of 20th Century art in textiles. Looks like it is going to be a particularly colourful and interesting exhibit.

The Sunflowers (25th Jan- 27th April) The National Gallery: See all three of Van Goughs Sunflower paintings together and delve deeper into the paintings with results of scientific research on display as well. (I was excited to find out about this!)

The Georgians (25th Jan 2014 – 1st Jan 2015) The propriety of dress in the Georgian period on show at the Bath Museum of Costume.

17th Century Gloves – Whilst your in Bath Museum of Costume – pop in and see the exhibition of rare 17th Century gloves.

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore (20th Nov 2013 – 2nd March 2014) Somerset House hosts an exhibition celebrating Isabella’s life and wardrobe

Club to Catwalk London Fashion in the 1980s (still on till 16th Feb 2014)

Fashion Rules Exhibition (till July 4th 2015) – Royal gowns on display at Kensington Palace

The Novel of a Wardrobe – on in Paris until March 16th 2014

“Trend-ology” (Until April 30th 2014) The Museum at FIT (NYC) exhibits a range of fashion pieces offering some insight into where trends originate from.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Bailey’s Stardust (Feb 6th-1st June) National Portrait Gallery – All fashion images picked and printed by David Bailey.

Elegance in the age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s (Feb 7th – April 19th 2014) The Museum at FIT (NYC) continues to produce interesting exhibits and I’m looking forward to this one. As always the exhibits are free which is really great in a city filled with pay to enter museums.

A Century of Fashion Photography at Conde Nast (March 1st – May 25th 2014) – The Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion: A photography exhibition with 15 couture items from the Palais Galliera collections

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (9th April 2014 – 17th Aug 2014) – Yay!!

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 (5th April – 27th July 2014) – At the V & A: The craftsmanship and luxurious materials should make this a lovely exhibit.

The Great War in Costume (17thJuly- end August) The Bath Museum of Costume will show a special exhibition with pieces from Downton Abbey as a centre piece! Exciting news for all those Downton fans out there.

Henri Matisse The Cut-Outs (17th April – 7th September 2014) – Tate Modern exhibits the great Matisse cut-out works – I love the bold shapes and colours and this will be the first exhibit at Tate Modern I’ve seen in a long while. Nothing they’ve been doing has grabbed my attention in a while. Maybe I will book for the quieter restricted viewing on the Sunday late evenings 20:00-22:30.

Wedding Dress 1755-2014 (3rd May 2014 – 15th March 2015) – If you are interested in bridal wear and the way key designers have treated this subject.

Colour (18th June-7th September 2014) – National Gallery: Each room of this exhibition will be dedicated to a different colour. Trace the history of colour in art.

Charles James: Beyond Fashion – MET Museum (8th May – 10th Aug 2014) – The Costume Institute in NYC will explore the designs of the Anglo-American designer Charles James.

Horst: Photographer of Style (6th Sept 2014 – 4th Jan 2015) – A retrospective of Horst’s work (photography)

Rembrandt The Final Years (15th Oct 2014 – 18th Jan 2015) – Bringing together 100 works from museums across the world – showing is creative work in the final years of his life.

Current and Upcoming Fashion Exhibitions in London, NYC and Paris

An updated list of inspirational fashion and clothing exhibitions for 2014 (London, NYC and Paris)

On NOW:

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore (20th Nov 2013 – 2nd March 2014) Somerset House hosts an exhibition celebrating Isabella’s life and wardrobe (I’m definitely going to this one!)

Club to Catwalk London Fashion in the 1980s (still on till 16th Feb 2014)

Fashion Rules Exhibition (till July 4th 2015) – Royal gowns on display at Kensington Palace

Alaia – Still on in Paris until 26th January 2014

The Novel of a Wardrobe – on in Paris until March 16th 2014

“Trend-ology” (Until April 30th 2014) The Museum at FIT (NYC) exhibits a range of fashion pieces offering some insight into where trends originate from.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol (31st Jan – 17th May 2014) The Fashion and Textiles Museum in London traces the history of 20th Century art in textiles. Looks like it is going to be a particularly colourful and interesting exhibit.

Elegance in the age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s (Feb 7th – April 19th 2014) The Museum at FIT (NYC) continues to produce interesting exhibits and I’m looking forward to this one. As always the exhibits are free which is really great in a city filled with pay to enter museums.

A Century of Fashion Photography at Conde Nast (March 1st – May 25th 2014) – The Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion: A photography exhibition with 15 couture items from the Palais Galliera collections

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (9th April 2014 – 17th Aug 2014) – Yay!!

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 (5th April – 27th July 2014) – The craftsmanship and luxurious materials should make this a lovely exhibit.

Wedding Dress 1755-2014 (3rd May 2014 – 15th March 2015) – If you are interested in bridal wear and the way key designers have treated this subject.

Charles James: Beyond Fashion – MET Museum (8th May – 10th Aug 2014) – The Costume Institute in NYC will explore the designs of the Anglo-American designer Charles James.

Horst: Photographer of Style (6th Sept 2014 – 4th Jan 2015) – A retrospective of Horst’s work (photography)

She MET The Punk and The Couture

So many good exhibitions and things to see in NYC at the moment. Fashion exhibitions seem to be having a moment!

One of the best I saw was Punk: Chaos to Couture.

Sadly no pictures allowed in that exhibit. But, what can I say….a great range of designers and I think there were five rooms of pieces. It seems to be a massive exhibit with each room showing a different take on ‘Punk’.

For example; one room looked at recycling and another about deconstruction.

They juxtaposed 1970s punk outfits with couture more recent pieces.

It really highlighted how far Punk has infiltrated the mainstream consciousness and also how it has influenced designers in a huge variety of ways ever since.

There was the famous A/W 1992 Versace safety pin dress worn by Liz Hurley and a 2007 S/S Prada skirt made of pressed bottle tops.

Moschino pieces made from bin liners, McQueen dresses made from synthetic fabrics made to imitate bin liners and bubble wrap and Margiela pieces made from shopping bags.

Victor and Rolf channeled chaos in their S/S 1998 collection and used spray paint and Demeulemeester used paint splatter in the 2006 S/S collection. There was beauty in the chaos.

It was an amazing exhibition and I encourage all and sundry to visit if you can. Get there early in the day and also don’t go when it is raining outside because every single tourist in America will also be in there!! Although if it is raining it is a great place to get lost in and get inspired.

The MET is $25 (recommended) entry. Which sounds a lot but it is pretty reasonable when you consider you could spend a few days in there and not see everything!! They have quite a few special exhibitions on, I counted 26!! You don’t pay extra to see any of the special exhibits, it is all included!

 

 

 

Fashion History Retro Spective

On my visits to NYC I always try and make a stop at the FIT Museum. This time was no exception. Great value (free!) exhibitions and always full of stunning pieces of current, modern and historical fashion.

IMG_2086At the moment they have the exhibition Retro Spective on. IMG_2090

Based around the subject of fashion borrowing from the past, Retro Spective demonstrates this referencing with fashion pieces placed next to historical ‘inspirational’ style pieces.

They demonstrated the recurrence of silhouettes from distant and recent past.

I thought this was an interesting subject matter, yet I was left underwhelmed with the exhibition. In hindsight I think this was due to the lack of depth that they went into. I feel that each small area they went into could have been much larger and more in-depth. I felt it skimmed the top of what could have been explored further and a bigger exhibition for the museum or an ongoing topic for several exhibits.

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Walter Van Beirendock: Relics of the Future outfit

A man’s ensemble by Walter Van Beirendock was displayed from the Summer 2006 Relics of the Future collection.

This was modeled on mens 18th Century jackets. Made from Raffia this jacket is adorned with dinosaurs and insects instead of traditional plants. I thought this was a charming and unique reference to the past.

A 1944 off white matte silk jersey dress by Madam Gres featured in the exhibition. Inspired by Neoclassical revivals and the fluting of ancient columns. Plus it also references the soft drapery of classical clothing.

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Norman Norell 1962 red dress

 

 

An English white silk tricot dress with pink fringe and cord, circa 1810, demonstrated that going back into history fashion has referenced the past. This dress shows the Grecian influence on this empire waist dress. Next to this was a 1962 Norman Norell red dress made from wool crepe and satin. This dress echoed the same empire line as the 1810 English white silk tricot dress.

 

 

 

 

There was a fab pair of black leather and brocade boots circa 1900. Next to these old boots were a pair of 1965 black vinyl and black and white rubber boots. Such similarities in the design touches yet the fabrics and slight design changes brought the 1965 version into the 20th Century.

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1965 Boot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other designers with pieces featured were YSL, Paco Rabanne and Lanvin.

Skip the line for Fashion front Row

During my trip to NYC I visited a museum I hadn’t tried before: The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). After stomping through the second heavy rain shower of the week, I found the museum. An unimposing but visually appealing building, modern and yet you definitely felt the Chinese references in the architecture.

This is not a huge museum, but I found that this was it’s charm. When I arrived it was virtually empty, bar a security guard and receptionist. It felt like an undiscovered gem, a world apart from the tourist hot spots like the MoMa and MET museums.

I wandered around, free to spend time taking in the cultural history and challenges the Chinese faced when first arriving and living in America.

There are also two special exhibitions on at the moment that I was particularly interested in seeing: Front Row and Shanghai Glamour.

The brochure describes:

“Front Row celebrates the rise of Chinese American designers. This exhibition showcases the aesthetics of sixteen designers – their individua visions, brands and unique relationships to cultural identity which have shaped not only New York fashion, but an American sense of style.”

Vera Wang Bridal Dress
Vera Wang Bridal Dress
View in the exhibition
View in the exhibition

I liked the layout of the Fashion Row exhibition. I much prefer being able to walk around a garment on display and almost see a 360 degree view of a piece.

Clothing is meant to be seen from all angles and at design school you’re taught and reminded of the need to consider the garment/outfit from all sides (perhaps that’s why I enjoy seeing how the pieces work as a whole).

Compared to other fashion exhibitions I have seen recently I found this exhibit very uplifting and inspiring. The mix of styles, designers, colours, techniques and great lighting made the experience very enjoyable. They also have clips of the designers speaking on video with some interesting quotes about their feelings about being a Chinese designer in NYC.

I would definitely recommend anyone interested in Fashion who is in NYC between now and September 29th 2013 to make a visit. MOCA

Some designers featured:

Vera Wang

Red bridal dress, Katherine, from the Spring 2013 collection

Humberto Leon and Carol Lim

(A day ensemble- a stunning lemon cotton flare coat that fastens with two bows from S/S 2006)

Thomas Chen

(Nice striped cotton shirt featured with interesting cutting and construction – the stripes mitered into corners on the shirt)

Yeohlee Teng

(Creative pattern cutting – explored the Venn diagram)

Mary Ping

(I loved the photos of marble printed onto silk charmeuse from Fall 2012 collection)

FIT exhibits in NYC

Been doing a lot of walking around NYC and wanted to focus on smaller museums and exhibits to visit in-between doing business. I enjoyed the free exhibits at the FIT Museum. The Daphne Guinness exhibit was really good and full of Chanel and McQueen. She has a serious collection of couture and some beautiful pieces. I did some sketching of some interesting details and also in the Sporting Life exhibit.

The Sporting Life exhibition focuses on historical sports clothing through to some more current designers inspired by sports wear.

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