Words by Aisling Ettarh
June 19th, 2017
One of the many reasons why we love fashion is its ability to always keep us interested and inspired. And not just in the clothes and accessories we buy – it goes far beyond that. We love learning how beautiful things were created, from just a spark of an idea. So luckily for us, summer 2017 sees the launch of a string of new fashion exhibitions – all of which we’re excited to visit. See our round-up below of the must-see exhibits around the globe this summer.
Fashion & Textile Museum, London. Until October 1st.
With a Lifetime Achievement Award from the CFDA under her belt, Sui is viewed by many in the fashion world as a living legend. Her playful rock and roll style has long been popular with fashionable folk – Madonna, Naomi Campbell and Mick Jagger to name but a few – and this exhibition promises to delve deeper into the world of the designer who has had such a huge impact on pop-culture, as we know it.
Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Until February 18th, 2018.
The V&A has become synonymous with some of the most highly anticipated fashion exhibitions in recent decades. This new collection, focusing on the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga, proves to be another addition to the museum’s impressive line-up. Take a journey back through some of the Spanish designer’s most influential styles, which have quite literally shaped fashion through the years.
The Met Museum, New York. Until September 4th.
Rei Kawakubo is very much the designer on the fashion world’s minds at the moment. After inspiring this year’s theme for the Met Gala, the creator of some of fashion’s most avant-garde works has curated a collection of 140 pieces, through which she hopes to examine the aesthetic of the “space between boundaries”. With select items dating back to the 1980s, the exhibition is a thorough and fascinating look back at the roots of a fashion revolution.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. August 27th – November 7th.
It’s still amazing to think just how quickly Christian Dior’s wave of “New Look” designs changed the silhouette of women’s fashion. Designs dating from 1947 to 2017 will make up the exhibition, which celebrates the work of a true couture icon. Visitors will also learn about the design house’s connection to Australia, which was the first place for a Dior collection to be shown outside of Paris.
Paris & Marrakech. Coming Autumn 2017.
When you’ve established a career as prolific as Yves Saint Laurent’s, an exhibition may not fully communicate the full extent of your work. Luckily for us, nobody is trying to squeeze the designer’s legacy into a temporary collection – instead, he’s getting not one, but two brand new museums. The first will be in Paris, in the building used by Saint Laurent for more than 30 years as his creative space and office. The second will be in his home-away-from-home, Marrakech. It was here that the designer holidayed, owned a home, and, we like to think, found plenty of inspiration.
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