It seems that the age-old debate is over: fashion is considered artwork, and it belongs in museums. At least, that’s what we’re choosing to believe, what with the major success of fashion exhibitions at some of the world’s most prestigious art institutions. After all, what is more, telling of a generation’s cultural progress than the clothing of the time? That’s why today, Covet Editions decided to compile the best museum exhibits for alternative fashion, to show you that not only fashion is a statement, but also that it fashion is a work of art.
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“VOLEZ, VOGUEZ, VOYAGEZ — LOUIS VUITTON”
his Fall, the former American Stock Exchange building in Manhattan will be transformed into a series of themed rooms celebrating the French fashion house, which debuted in the U.S. in 1893. The exhibit follows Louis Vuitton‘s path to becoming an icon of luxury, and it all begins with the brand’s most symbolic piece: the trunk.
DALI & SCHIAPARELLI
Starting October 18, “Dali & Schiaparelli” will allow you to take a closer look at the intersection between art and fashion as explored by Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dali. The two collaborated on a number of Surrealist projects together that defined both the worlds of art and couture.
THE GLAMOUR AND ROMANCE OF OSCAR DE LA RENTA
Celebrate the life and work of Oscar de la Renta at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston until January 28, 2018. The exhibit features 70 of his most memorable looks, including Amal Clooney’s wedding dress pictured here, which is said to be the last dress de la Renta designed before he died in 2014.
EXHIBITION BEING MODERN: MOMA IN PARIS
The Museum of Modern Art and Foundation Louis Vuitton present a collection in Paris of 200 iconic pieces of artwork and lesser-known, but still highly significant works. Celebrating everything from minimalism to Pop Art, you can catch this all-encompassing show until March 5, 2018.
MUSÉE YVES SAINT LAURENT PARIS
This isn’t exactly an exhibit…it’s even better: an entire Yves Saint Laurent museum is opening in Paris. As a tribute to the iconic brand’s co-founder, Pierre Bergé, who passed away on September 8, the museum will be dedicated to his life’s work and desire to find a permanent home for the YSL archives. The show officially opens on October 3 and the inaugural exhibit will be on display until September 9, 2018.
GUO PEI EXHIBITION AT SCAD FASH MUSEUM OF FASHION + FILM
It wasn’t until Rihanna marched up the stairs of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art at the Costume Institute’s 2015 gala in a luminous marigold cape by Guo Pei that the designer won international fame. This fall, the Savannah College of Art and Design’s SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta will showcase more than 30 of Guo’s opulent gowns and gravity-defying shoes. The show will run from September 7 to March 4, 2018.
ITEMS: IS FASHION MODERN? AT THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Fashion manifests itself in different ways. Be it textiles, video, or entire cultural shifts, the craft transcends garment design and consumerism. At the MoMA‘s first exhibition dedicated to fashion since 1944, Items: Is Fashion Modern? 111 significant garments and accessories will be on display, and viewers will be able to examine them through the context of 100 years worth of design history.
CHRISTIAN DIOR, COUTURIER DU RÊVE AT THE MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS
In celebration of Dior’s 70th anniversary, the prolific French couture house will be debuting the largest fashion exhibition to ever show in Paris. The gorgeous collection will explore the many creative transformations Dior has experienced under its larger-than-life creative directors like Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, John Galliano, and most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
BALENCIAGA: SHAPING FASHION AT THE V&A MUSEUM
One of the most highly-anticipated fashion exhibits of 2017, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion is a must-visit if you find yourself in London. The fashion house opened in Spain nearly 100 years ago, producing some of the world’s most avant-garde designs — even by today’s standards.
THE WORLD OF ANNA SUI AT THE FASHION AND TEXTILE MUSEUM
Since her debut fashion show in 1991, Anna Sui has carved out a space for herself as a rock-n-roll, boundary-bending designer. The World of Anna Sui will features over 100 of her signature looks, from mod to bohemian.
DIANA: HER FASHION STORY AT KENSINGTON PALACE
Take a closer look at the late Princess Diana‘s iconic style with Diana: Her Fashion Story. Showing at Kensington Palace, the collection outlines some of her most memorable outfits, from her first public appearances to fashion’s favourite velvet gown, which she wore during her visit to the White House. The exhibit will be open for the remainder of 2017.
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Source: Elle Decor