The fashion we’ll stare at in museums
If the year 2015 will stay in our memories because of the impressive “China Through the Looking Glass” exhibition in New York’s MET, and the honored “Savage Beauty” exposition dedicated to the genious creations of Alexander McQueen, this 2016 arrives with the challege of new and fabulous exhibits surrounding the fashion world.
The great retrospective dedicated to Yssey Miyake in Tokyo and Oscar de la Renta’s in San Francisco sneak into the unmissables, just as the Paris Les Arts Decoratifs 300 years of fashion, a retrospective summary that reminds us, once again, how fashion has become one of the most attractive cultural and artistic expressions.
From Horse we’ve picked out the 10 exhibitions you can’t miss this 2016.
“FASHION FORWARD. THREE CENTURIES OF FASHION (1715-2015)
Where: Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
Paris will be the capital of one of the most interesting exhibtions that will be held this year. Because of the 30 years anniversary of the french museum, 300 pieces of fashions’ chronologic history, with pieces from Elsa Schiaparelli, Madeleine Vionette and Cristóbal Balenciaga, and commissioned by the coreographer Christoper Wheeldon.
When: April 7th to August 14th.
LOUIS VUITTON “VOLEZ! VOGUEZ!VOYAGEZ!”
Where: Grand Palais, Paris, France
For this exhibition, the artist Olivier Saillard has gone deep into the Maison’s archives to recall the great journey that Louis Vuitton has gone through from 1854 to today. The showing is a fresh and vanguardist view of the past, the present and future of a brand that, over a century later, stays in the center of the fashion world.
When: December 4th 2015 to 21 February 2016.
“UNE MAISON, DES COLLECTIONS”
Where: Musée Christian Dior, Granville, France
The paradisiac background of Granville will be the scenery of this exposition that analyses the inspiration sources of the great designer. You will be able to observe a carefully crafted piece selection that goes grom the elegant dresses of Madeleine, his mother, to carnival costumes; made from 1947 to 1957; and that would later inspire Dior’s successors, from Yves Saint Laurent to Raf Simons.
When: From December 6th 2015 to March 6th 2016.
“UTOPIAN BODIES: FASHION LOOKS FORWARD”
Where: Liljevalchs Museum, Stockholm
The swedish capital holds a spectacular exhibiton dedicated to the reflection about the future of fashion, recreating imaginary and utopian worlds through clothing. The show has demanded exclusive creations of swedish and international designers, such as Viktor & Rolf, Elsa Schiaparelli, Dries Van Noten or Alexander McQueen, special creations where through 200 items, pictures and videos; and under a carefully crafted scenery, will turn this exposition in a great sensory and experimental trip.
When: October 22th 2015 to February 7th 2016
“VOGUE 100: CENTURY OF STYLE”
Dónde: National Portrait Gallery, London
London holds an astonishing retrospective of the best pictures that have been published in the british edition, founded in 1916. This great expo traces the widenes and deepness of the magazine’s work through 280 iconic pictures, carefully selected and organized decade after decade, about the changes the british cultural lifestyle went through. Commissioned by Robin Muir, the list of A-list photographers features Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller, Irving Penn, Snowdon, David Bailey; Patrick Demarchelier and Tim Walker, creators of some of the most memorable images in the history of fashion.
When: February 11th 2016 to May 22nd 2016.
“THE WORK OF ISSEY MIYAKE”
Where: The National Art Center, Tokyo
An impressive retrospective of the designer’s artwork through his 45 working years, since he started in 1970. Through 200 items, one will be able to understand the explorative work Miyake developed of the relationship of fabrics and the body, and his determination to make fashion that trascends temporality, pushing an innovative use and treatment of fabrics and tecniques.
When: March 16th 2016 to June 13th 2016.
“FAIRY TALE FASHION”
Where: The Museum at FIT, New York
New York gazes over how fairy tales have inspired fashion designers. The exhibition features over 80 items, that range from glass slipers, a red cape and even a fishtail. The designers range from s. XVII to modern day icons, such as Tom Ford, Mary Katrantzou, Marchesa, Alexander Mcqueen, Rick Owen, Prada, Comme des Garçons or Dolce & Gabbana. The show will venture us into the fascinating forests of the tales of Red Riding Hood, Snow White or Rapunzel to demonstrate how the fashion industry’s fantasy and creativity can turn dreams into reality.
When: January 15th to April 16th.
“MANUS X MACHINA: Fashion in an age of techonology”
Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), New YorkOnce again, the MET will get dressed up to bring us one of the most expected shows of the year. The exhibition will center around a reflection between Haute Couture and Prêt-a-porter, between handmade and industralized work. This is why it’ll hold over 100 items that go from Haute Couture designs to 3D printed or laser cut clothes; where the artistry of embroidery will contrast with the latest innovations in the industry. Creators such as Azzedine Alaïa, Hussein Chalayan, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Issey Miyake or Miuccia Prada, will take part in the sensory and visual meeting that intends to inquire about the oposition between the charm of “hand made” and the industrialization that started in the XIX Century, with the creation of the sewing machine.
When: From May 5th to August 14th.
“BELLISSIMA: ITALY AND HIGH FASHION 1945 TO 1968”
Where: NSU Art Museum in Fort Laudarle, Miami, USA
Bellissima explores the era that originated italian Haute Couture (Alta Moda), and examines the crucial role Italy played in its international success.
The exhibition recreates the fascinating environment of italian fashion, where designers such as Emilio Schubert, Sorelle Fontana, Valentino, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Fausto Sarli amongst many others, contributed to its international success. The show also remarks on the fluent relationship between fashion design, art, architecture, cinema and theatre, and the roles that cities such as Rome, Florence, Milano or Venice played in the definition of the industry, in an era of extraordinary creativity.
When: February 7th to June 5th 2016.
“OSCAR DE LA RENTA: THE RETROSPECTIVE”
Where: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Comissioned by André Leon Talley, the exhibition celebrates the life and career of one of the most influent designers of the XX and XXIth Century. The retrospective feaures over 130 items of the dominican creator, organized in different theme sections, where you can find day and night clothes, evening gowns and red carpet dresses. The show also explores the remarkable influence that countries such as Spain or Russia had through his vast and successful career during five decades. An extraordinary homage to one of the most emblematinc names of fashion history.
When: March 12th to May 30th 2016.