3 fashion exhibitions around the world that every fashionista should visit
Three must-see exhibitions for globetrotting lovers of high fashion.
01: SPANISH FIESTA
A century after the opening of Cristobal Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San Sebastian, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is holding an exhibition to celebrate the Spanish designer. Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion will explore his work from the 1950s and 1960s – touted as his most creative years – and showcase over 100 garments and hats including his signature tunic, sack, baby doll, and shift dresses. As a tribute to the godfather of haute couture, the exhibition also features the work of his proteges like Andre Courreges and Emanuel Ungaro. A must-visit for fashion nerds. Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, on May 27.
02: HIGH CONTRAST
Rei Kawakubo is only the second living designer after Yves Saint Laurent (whose show took place way back in 1983) to have a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. About 120 of her womenswear designs for Comme des Garcons, from as early as her first Paris show in 1981 right up to her current collection, will be on display. Her work explores the boundaries between East/West, male/ female, and past/present – dichotomies that are as familiar as her avant-garde creations are inaccessible. Although that’s entirely why we love her. Rei Kawakubo / Comme Des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between will be on display at The Met Fifth Avenue, New York City, from May 4 to Sept 4.
03: WHEN THE STARS ALIGN
The House of Dior turns 70 this year, and it’s
celebrating with an exclusive exhibition in Melbourne.
It tells the story of the House of Dior through the
works of seven designers: Christian Dior, Yves
Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre, John
Galliano, Raf Simons (design pictured) and Maria
Grazia Chiuri. Over 140 gorgeous pieces designed
between 1947 and 2017 will be on show. The House Of Dior: Seventy Years Of Haute Couture will be held at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, from Aug 27 to Nov 7.