Fashion, five must-see exhibitions

Increasingly important and popular, fashion exhibitions have managed to carve out an important place in the contemporary cultural landscape. According to FinancialTimesthis trend stems from the House’s desire to relate to a less elitist public than that of fashion shows or more regular customers.

Gucci is now on stage in London, inside the Victoria & Albert Museum with an exhibition dedicated to menswear and its evolution over the centuries, attracting thousands of visitors and critical acclaim (and thus preparing for the launch of the first fashion philosophy book by the creative director Alessandro Michele). But there are many fashion-themed exhibitions around the world. Here are five not to be missed.


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Alber Elbaz: Love brings love

An exhibition that is intended as a tribute to the creator who died a year ago. It was organized by AZ Factory, the fashion start-up he just founded, which organized a commemorative fashion show on October 5, attended by 46 world-renowned designers.

The exhibition will be held until July 10 at the Galliera in Paris. Organized by Alexandre Samson, the exhibition plunges visitors into the experience of the parade, reproducing the order of the parade, the effects, the music and the lights of this evening. The title “Love Brings Love”, taken from one of Alber Elbaz’s mantras, contrasts with the isolation felt during the show, but also the isolation that reigned during the pandemic, thanks to the community spirit of the creators who worked together to celebrate the memory of one of their brightest colleagues.

Among the names present: Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen), Demna (Balenciaga), Maria Grazia Chiuri (Dior), Virgil Abloh (Off-White), Pierpaolo Piccioli (Valentino) and Donatella Versace (Versace).

Voghera Valentino: Dresses on stage

To celebrate Valentino’s 90th birthday, the Voghera Theater – the creator’s birthplace – is hosting an exhibition in his honor. Open to the public until June 5, the exhibition showcases the creations of the Italian label from the 1960s to the 2000s.

Dozens of red dresses appear on the stage of the theater, the iconic color of the House. A brilliant show to which 36 dresses from the archives respond from the boxes. A metaphor in which Valentino’s women are both actors and spectators, in a multifaceted vision of femininity. Next to the clothes, sketches, drawings, sketches, newspaper clippings, photographs and documents that restore to the visitor the spirit of the time in which these clothes were shown for the first time to the world and reconstruct, thanks to minimal stories , how the world welcomed and perceived.

Vision & Virtuosity by Tiffany & Co.

From June 10, the Saatchi Gallery in London will host an exhibition dedicated to the iconic jewelry brand, on the occasion of its 150th anniversary.

Tiffany & Co. has announced that it will bring more than 400 pieces from the Maison’s archives to bring to life a visual chronicle of the legendary jeweler since its founding in New York in 1837.

“Vision & Virtuosity” will take visitors on a journey through history, from archival creations of high-end jewelry, to the famous showcases of Tiffany and its recently acquired 80-carat Empire Diamond, to important popular culture memorabilia such as the original screenplay of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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Lee Alexander McQueen: spirit, myth, muse

The most famous museum in Los Angeles – the LACMA – hosts, until October, an exhibition dedicated to the genius of Alexander McQueen.

One of the most important contributions to fashion between 1990 and 2010, Lee Alexander McQueen was both a conceptual and technical virtuoso. Her critically acclaimed collections encapsulate the designer’s tailoring and tailoring skills with encyclopedic and autobiographical references spanning time, geography, media and technology. McQueen’s first West Coast exhibition, “Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse” contextualizes the designer’s imaginative work within a canon of artists who drew on similar themes and visual references.

Exploring the imagination, artistic process and innovation in fashion and art, the exhibition examines the interdisciplinary impulse that defined the designer’s career.

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In America: A Fashion Anthology

A fashion anthology is the second installation in a two-part exhibition that explores fashion in the United States. Presented in collaboration with the US Wing of the MET, this section of the exhibition highlights sartorial narratives that reference the complex and layered histories of the US Wing’s period rooms.

Male and female clothing from the 18th century to the present day is displayed in vignettes installed in some period rooms from around 1805 to 1915: a room for Shaker pensioners from the 1830s; a 19th century drawing room in Richmond, Virginia; a panoramic fresco of Versailles from 1819; a 20th-century drawing room designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, among others. These interiors represent a glimpse of more than 200 years of American domestic life and tell a variety of stories: from the personal to the political, from the stylistic to the cultural, from the aesthetic to the ideological.

The exhibition reflects on these narratives through a series of three-dimensional cinematic “still images” produced in collaboration with major American directors. These stagings explore the role of dress in shaping American identity and address the plays’ complex and layered stories.

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