Ever since the record-breaking Costume Institute exhibition, “Savage Beauty”—which showcased the awe-inspiring couture creations of the late Alexander McQueen—museums and curators the world over have been taking a closer look at the intersection between high art and high fashion.
Because of that 2013 is shaping up to be a stylish year indeed at the world’s top museums and galleries, from “Artist/Rebel/Dandy” at the RISD Museum—a splashy inquiry into bold, gentlemanly styles inspired by the 19th century—to Andre Leon Talley’s homage to the late illustrator Antonio Lopez at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia.
What fashion-centric exhibits are on your 2013 agenda? Tell us in the comments below!
Antonio Lopez and the World of Fashion Art: Vogue Editor-at-Large, Andre Leon Talley pays homage to the late and great fashion illustrator, Antonio Lopez, in a dedicated exhibition at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia. In addition to Lopez' most recognizable works, the show will include never-before-seen paintings and personal objects. February 2 - May 5; scadmoa.org.
David Bowie Is: If you've ever dreamed of viewing a Ziggy Stardust onesie up close (and who hasn't), don't miss this Gucci-sponsored exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which will include flamboyant garb from Bowie's glam-rock chapter. March 23 - July 28; vam.ac.uk.
From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 80s: Even if you didn't go club-hopping in the glitzy 80s, you can relive some of its shoulder-padded glory at this Victoria and Albert Museum exhibit, which traces quintessential UK club style as demonstrated by the likes of John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood. July 10 - February 16, 2014; vam.ac.uk.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk: Experience the madcap glamour of French designer Jean Paul Gaultier in this sweeping retrospective of his career, which is coming to the Brooklyn Museum after stints in Montreal, Dallas, Madrid and Rotterdam. October 25 - February 23, 2014; brooklynmuseum.org.
Mannequin, le Corps de la Mode: Opening at Les Docks in Paris, this off-kilter exhibit will emphasize the importance of fashion models through over 120 original photos from influential photographers like Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Corinne Day. February 1-May 19; rencontres-arles.com.
Front Row: Chinese American Designers: Curated by designer Mary Ping, this spring exhibition at New York's Museum of Chinese in America will examine the contributions of Chinese American designers to the fashion industry. In addition to visionary designers like Jason Wu and Vera Wang, you'll find illustrations from Opening Ceremony founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim. April 26 - September 29; mocanyc.org.
Punk: Chaos to Couture: The latest exhibit from the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is easily the most anticipated fashion-specific show of the year. This latest installment looks at the cross section between sidewalk street punks and catwalk couture, with mohawks and leather jackets to spare. May 9 - August 11; metmuseum.org.
Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion: Dandy style has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years, so the new exhibit at the RISD Museum in Providence feels particularly timely, highlighting gents with a flair for bespoke tailoring. April 28 - August 18; risdmuseum.org.
Future Beauty: Thirty Years of Japanese Fashion: Avant garde style can largely be credited to Japanese innovators like Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake, whose influence will be explored this summer in a sweeping exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. June 27 - September 8; seattleartmuseum.org.
Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity: Another fashion-centric exhibit opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this spring has migrated from Paris' Musee d'Orsay, and focuses on the sophisticated styles showcased in great impressionist works of art from Monet, Manet, and Renoir. February 26 - May 27, 2013; metmuseum.org.