Highlighting noted fashion designers (Christian Louboutin, Jason Wu) and notorious style eras (punk, club wear), museums are your best bet for your fashion 101 fix this year. A look at the top 10 fashion exhibits around the globe to visit in 2013.
Roger Vivier (Bruno Frisoni), Eyelash Heel pumps, Fall 2012-2013, Rendez-Vous (Limited Edition Collection); photograph courtesy Roger Vivier/Photo by Stephane Garrigues.
Fashion exhibit: Shoe Obsession
Where: The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT), New York
When: Feb. 8 to April 13
A stylish collection of the greatest well heeled, this exhibit features 150 pairs of stiletto and rhinestoned artwork from such namesake shoe couturiers as Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and Roger Vivier.
Fashion exhibit: Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity
Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
When: Feb. 26 to May 27
A portrait (well 80, plus period costumes, photos and accessories) of the intersection of fashion and art in Paris as captured by the Impressionists— Manet, Monet, and Renoir—from the mid-1860s to 1880s, which coincidentally coincides with the emergence of the City of Lights as the style capital.
Fashion exhibit: Paris Haute Couture
Where: L'Hôtel de Ville de Paris, Paris
When: March 6 to July 6
Likely the hautest archives ever on display, Paris Haute Couture presents the decadent history of the city that gave birth to haute couture in the mid-19th century with relics including those flapper-inspired 1920s Chanel dresses, pieces by French designer Paul Poiret and creations from Cristobal Balenciaga - among many of the noted fashion designers honoured.
Fashion exhibit: Front Row: Chinese American Designers
Where: Museum of Chinese in America, New York
When: April 26 to Sept. 29
From Anna Sui and Vera Wang in the 80s to contemporary favourites Jason Wu an Derek Lam, this exhibit traces the impact of 17 Chinese American fashion designers who helped transform New York from a garment centre to fashion capital.
Fashion exhibit: Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion
Where: The Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
When: April 28 to Aug. 18
In this celebration of the dandy (those dapper, culturally savvy dudes), famously well-suited vivants—from Oscar Wilde and George IV to Vogue’s Hamish Bowles— are finally given their long-awaited hat tip, with over 200 artifacts, including clothing, paintings and photographs—and a pair of replica Andy Warhol shoes, made by Ferragamo.
Fashion designers to watch in 2013
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