I love fashion exhibitions and 2017 seems to be a good year for them. There are so many of them on display this year that I decided to present you my favorites and must-sees, at least for now. You never know completely what the museums will show until the end of the year, as some of them present their new programs on short notice. What I really dislike to be honest. I missed some great exhibitions in the last years just because they were announced too late to plan a trip on time. Luckily not all are like that.
I hope you like my list and find some inspirations for your next museum visit. I would also love to hear your opinion and advice in case I missed something great you heard of.
Peter Lindbergh: From Fashion to Reality
13 APRIL – 27 AUGUST, 2017
Peter Lindbergh (born in Lissa in 1944) is one of the most influential fashion photographers of the past forty years. Lindbergh’s predominantly black and white photographs that capture the fleeting moment opened up a new dimension of realism in fashion photography, revolutionizing the visual idiom of the well-known magazines and fashion labels. Avoiding the artifice of fashion photography, he was the first to focus on the unique personalities of his models. Apart from his iconic images, with which Lindbergh heralded the supermodel phenomenon in the 1990s, this multimedia show presents approximately 220 objects, including films and exclusive, previously unseen material like storyboards, props, polaroids and contact sheets. The exhibition’s curator is Thierry-Maxime Loriot, who previously staged the fashion of Jean Paul Gaultier at the Kunsthalle Munich.
Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between
The Met Fifth Avenue, New York
4 MAY – 4 SEPTEMBER, 2017
The Costume Institute’s spring 2017 exhibition will examine the work of Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, known for her avant-garde designs and ability to challenge conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability. The thematic show will feature approximately 150 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear for Comme des Garçons dating from the early 1980s to her most recent collection.
The galleries will illustrate the designer’s revolutionary experiments in “in-betweenness”—the space between boundaries. Objects will be organized into eight aesthetic expressions of interstitiality in Kawakubo’s work: Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Design/Not Design, Model/Multiple, Then/Now, High/Low, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes. Kawakubo breaks down the imaginary walls between these dualisms, exposing their artificiality and arbitrariness.
Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait
Jewish Museum London
16 MARCH – 24 SEPTEMBER, 2017
Not exactly a classic fashion exhibition but still fashion related! Get to know the real Amy Winehouse through her personal belongings, from family photographs to fashion. Items on display reflect Amy’s love for her family, London and more. Originally staged at the museum in 2013 and returning following an international tour, Amy Winehouse: Family Portrait was co-curated with Winehouse’s brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva. The exhibition is accompanied by a new Amy-themed street art trail which leads to ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ by renowned street artist Pegasus in the museum’s Welcome Gallery.
The World of Anna Sui
Fashion and Textile Museum, London
26 MAY – 1 OCTOBER, 2017
Anna Sui is the classic American fashion designer. From Detroit to New York, her signature rock-n-roll romanticism reinvents pop culture for every new generation. Since her first catwalk show in 1991, Sui has shaped not only the garments, textiles, accessories, beauty and interiors which comprise her design universe, but also the course of fashion history. The World of Anna Sui features over 100 looks from the designer’s archive, presenting a roll call of archetypes from Surfers and School Girls to Hippies, Mods and Punks. This is the first time an American designer has been the focus of a retrospective exhibition in the UK.
The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
27 AUGUST – 7 NOVEMBER, 2017
In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior, one of the world’s most prestigious couture houses, the National Gallery of Victoria presents The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. The exhibition explores the story of the fashion house through a series of themes, featuring works by the seven designers who have played key roles in shaping Dior’s renowned fashionable silhouette: Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri. The exhibition narrates the rich history of the fashion house, including Christian Dior’s early influences, the design codes synonymous with the House of Dior, insights into the Dior atelier workrooms, the role that accessories have played in expressing the complete Dior look and the milestones of its six successive designers following Christian Dior’s sudden death in 1957.
Highlights include examples from Christian Dior’s iconic spring 1947 New Look collection, magnificent displays of Dior’s signature ball gowns and evening dresses, as well as designs from the inaugural couture collection of the House’s first female head designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Exclusive to Melbourne, this exhibition is a collaboration between the NGV and the House of Dior and includes a sumptuous display of more than 140 garments designed by Christian Dior Couture between 1947 and 2017.