16 Global Fashion Exhibitions Happening in 2016

In 2016, global fashion exhibitions are tackling key subjects like underwear, menswear and streetwear. Technology is a main focus with two related exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as well as the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We’re also seeing landmark exhibits featuring major fashion designers like Oscar de la Renta, Issey Miyake and Isaac Mizrahi. Enjoy this WGSN worldwide cultural travel round up, and add these to your calendar now:

1. Museu de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo

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MASP’S Rhodia Collection

Now until February 14 2016

This exhibit showcases custom-made fashion pieces created in collaboration with artists, designers and Rhodia, a fabric manufacturer, from the 1960s.


2. SCAD FASH Museum, Atlanta


Daniel Lismore: Be Yourself; Everyone Else is Already Taken

January 22 2016 – April 1 2016

A collection of flamboyant, sustainably designed ensembles created by prominent London-based designer Daniel Lismore.


3. Bass Museum of Art, Miami

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Art & Sole: Fantasy Shoes from the Jane Gershorn Weitzma Collection

March 8 2016 – April 10 2016

An exhibition of fantasy art shoes created for Stuart Weitzman’s Madison Avenue flagship store in collaboration with global artists, designers and craftsmen.


4. High Museum of Art, Atlanta

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Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion

Now until May 15 2016

 View magnificent and innovative outfits created by Iris van Herpen, the first fashion designer to send a 3-D printed garment down the runway.


5.de Young Museum, San Francisco

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Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective

March 12 2016 – May 30 2016

 Check out this retrospective and celebration of the life and work of the late Oscar de la Renta, a prominent Dominican-American fashion designer.

6. Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto

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Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels

Now until June 1 2016

An exciting exhibit showing the history of men in heels while simultaneously challenging preconceived notions about who wears heels and why.

7. Museum of Bags and Purses, Amsterdam

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Street Couture

January 10 2016 – June 5 2016

This exhibition examines differences between haute couture and global street fashion, showing the influence of streetwear on fashion designers.


8. The National Art Center, Tokyo

Miyake Issey Exhibition: The Work of Miyake Issey

March 16 2016 – June 13 2016


View designs from Miyake’s long-standing career in which he has explored future technologies for making apparel.

9. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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March 6 2016 – July 10 2016

An exhibit on the synergy between fashion and technology, showing the ways in which technology is changing how designers design and how people interact with their clothes.


10. The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

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200 Years of Australian Fashion

March 5 2016 – July 31 2016

This is the first major survey of Australian fashion, which will examine how geography, seasonality and culture affect Australian designers.

11. Jewish Museum, New York

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Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History

March 18 2016 – August 7 2016

This exhibit explores Isaac Mizrahi’s prolific and varied career, which spans the fashion, film, television and performing arts industries.

12. Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris

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Fashion Forward, Three Centuries of Fashion (1715 – 2015)

April 7 2016 – August 14 2016

Drawing from the museum’s large archive, this landmark exhibit will showcase 300 items of fashion history arranged in chronological order.

13. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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Magnus x Machina

May 5 2016 – August 14 2016

The Costume Institute’s newest exhibit explores technological advances in the fashion industry and juxtaposes the handmade with the machine-made in fashion.

14. LACMA, Los Angeles

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Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015

April 10 2016 – August 21 2016

This exhibition investigates the history of men’s dress from the 1700s to today, examining the socio-cultural elements affecting menswear.

15. Kent State University, Kent

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Flapper Style: 1920s Fashion

Now until September 4 2016

This exhibit looks beyond the flapper dress of the 1920s, exploring a range of influences and items worn during this opulent and decadent time period.

16. Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

April 16 2016 – March 12 2017

This historical presentation of underwear will tackle its practicality while also spotlighting its sexual, controversial appeal.

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