Dec 12, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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