Milli: A Celebration of Style joins an impressive list of fashion exhibitions taking place at international destinations this year. Fashion focussed exhibits are increasingly finding their place in museums and art galleries and are drawing in large attendance numbers. Following is our must-see round up of exhibitions worth planning a trip for:
1.Thierry Mugler: Couturissime
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is home to this much celebrated and publicized exhibition. Thierry Mugler: Couturissime represents the French designer in combination with the museums historical collection. The exhibition will dive deep into the designer’s creations and how he was heavily influenced by his past as a dancer, director, photographer, and performer – specifically highlighting pieces he created for the theatre, cabaret and musicals. Mugler’s fabulous ready-to-wear and gorgeous haute couture collections are also well represented.
WHERE: The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
WHEN: March 2nd, 2019 to September 8th, 2019
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: https://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/exhibitions/on-view/thierry-mugler/
2.Balenciaga and Spanish Painting
This summer the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Spain will be showcasing the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga, one of the most admired and influential fashion designers of all time. To truly understand Balenciaga is to know his past. When looking at Balenciaga in conversation with the museum’s collection, one will be able to see his Spanish upbringing through his use of colour and lines, which to some plays homage to where he was born and raised in Basque Country. At the exhibit you will be able to see Spanish paintings from the 16th and 20th centuries side by side with Balenciaga’s exquisite designs.
WHERE: Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
WHEN: June 18th, 2019 to September 22nd, 2019
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: https://www.museothyssen.org/en/exhibitions/balenciaga-and-spanish-painting
3.Camp: Notes on Fashion
The Met Gala on May 6th will be the runway to watch and your chance to catch a glimpse of this provocative exhibition. Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will be showcasing camp aesthetics (something that is in bad taste, ironic, or extravagant) and it’s influence on the fashion industry. The exhibition will delve into modern aesthetics with collections from Thom Browne, Jeremy Scott and Richard Quinn…to name a few, and feature bold designs that push boundaries worn by fashion icons from the around the globe.
WHERE: Metropolitan Museum of Art
WHEN: May 9th, 2019 to September 8th, 2019
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2019/camp-notes-on-fashion
4.Dior: from Paris to the World
This will be the first American retrospective of the iconic Parisian designer tracing over 70 years of Dior’s history and influence on the fashion industry. Opening at the Dallas Museum of Art, the exhibition will showcase over one hundred couture pieces including dresses and accessories. Additional pieces such as photographs, sketches, and runway videos will also be included.
WHERE: Dallas Museum of Art
WHEN: May 10th, 2019 to September 1st, 2019
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: https://www.dma.org/dior
Mary Quant, an English Fashion designer, trendsetter and fashion icon in the 1960’s, was known for popularizing the miniskirt, hot pant, vibrant tights, and makeup, which continue to make appearances in fashion collections to this day. Quant was an advocate for fashion being a mode of expression and often encouraged youth of her time to express themselves through their choices in fashion and makeup. Launching at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Mary Quant exhibition will showcase over 200 pieces in conversation with the museum’s archive collection.
WHERE: Victoria & Albert Museum
WHEN: April 6th, 2019 to February 16th, 2020
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/mary-quant#intro