5 Must-See Fashion Exhibits to Visit This Spring
Education never goes out of style.
Spring officially starts on Sunday — and you can bet we have spring break on our minds. This season we're springing forward with a domestic getaway, starting with the fashion exhibits taking place around the U.S. From the Oscar de la Renta retrospective in San Francisco to the Fairy Tale Fashion exhibition in New York, we're planning to stay busy — and informed! — on everything style.
Fairy Tale Fashion
Now running until April 16
Fashion often refers to fairy tales for inspiration — look no further than Georgine's most recent runway collection, which drew from such characters as Cinderella and Snow White. Now, there's an exhibit to help you relive the times fantasy played a role in fashion. Curated by Colleen Hill, "Fairy Tale Fashion" (she recently released a book with the same name) features clothing and accessories from the 18th century to present day, with an emphasis on pieces by today's designers including Comme des Garcons, Christian Louboutin, Thierry Mugler and J. Mendel.
The Museum at FIT, 227 W 27th St, New York; 212-217-4558; fitnyc.edu
Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times
Now running until May 29
If you were part of the 9.6 million viewers that tuned into Downton Abbey's series finale and still want more of the show's incredible fashion, you're in luck. The Richard H. Driehaus Museum in Chicago is hosting the "Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times" exhibit, where more than 35 costumes from the hit British TV series are currently on display. And if you can't catch it in Chi Town, the exhibition is touring around the U.S. until January 2018. You can find more info here.
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 East Erie Street, Chicago; 312-482-8933; driehausmuseum.org
Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective
Now running until May 30
The exhibit showcases five decades of design by the legendary designer, who died in October 2014 after battling cancer, and features more than 130 ensembles that were curated by former Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley. Running until May 30, the retrospective is a must-see for any fashion lover of de la Renta's divine creations that were both beloved by A-list actresses and first ladies, alike.
de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco; 415-750-3600; deyoung.famsf.org
Bellissima: Italy And High Fashion 1945-1968
Now running until June 5
Couldn't make it to Milan Fashion Week? Fret not. NSU Art's exhibition, "Bellissima: Italy And High Fashion 1945-1968," is all about diving into Italian high fashion during that time period and examining how the European country played an important role in its success. More than 90 designer duds — including creations from fashion houses Valentino, Fendi and Emilio Pucci, to name a few — will be on display. W magazine's editor-in-chief, Stefano Tonchi, also served as one of the exhibit's curators.
NSU Art Museum, One East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Fauderdale; 954-525-5500; http://nsuartmuseum.org/
Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology
Running from May 5 to August 14
Timed to the annual Met Gala, this year's theme explores the intersection of fashion and technology through hand-crafted haute couture and machine-made ready-to-wear. According to the Met Museum's website, more than 120 looks — from the early 20th century to the present — will be presented, with a series of rooms examining the dichotomy, as well as the increasingly blurred distinction between traditional practices (embroidery, lacework, pleating) and tech-savvy processes (3D printing, laser cutting, computer modeling).
The Met Museum, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York; 212-535-7710; metmuseum.org