From Hong Kong To Florence, The 6 Fashion Exhibitions That Are Haute This 2018
If you think 2017 was a year of fashion exhibitions ("Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion" and "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons") wait till you see the 2018 lineup. First month in and we’re looking at a year filled with events and retrospectives dedicated to the industry’s great legends, pacesetters and significant milestones. Here are the 6 global fashion exhibitions to pay a visit to.
1/6 Florence, Italy: Gucci Garden, at Gucci Museo
Pleasures of all senses are piqued at the anticipated Gucci Garden, in the historic Palazzo della Mercanzia that houses the Gucci Museo. Brainchild of creative director Alessandro Michele, the newly unveiled space features a a series of curated Gucci Garden Galleria exhibition rooms, a retail store with one-of-a-kind Gucci merchandise, and a Gucci Osteria de Massimo Bottura restaurant helmed by a three-Michelin-star chef. All manner of ‘Guccification’ is under one roof, suggested by a meander through Gucci paraphernalia, a shopping pit stop, winding down with a sensational meal.
The Gucci Garden is open year-round, with exhibition rooms curated by art critic Maria Luisa Frisa.
2/6 Hong Kong: Chanel Mademoiselle Privé, at PMQ
What goes into the making of your favourite Chanel icons? How is the Chanel N°5 fragrance created? And what of the token high jewellery ‘Biyoux de Diamants’ collection? The burning questions of fashion lovers are answered at the Mademoiselle Privé exhibition that’s travelled from London and Seoul, and now Hong Kong, told through stimulating installations that will open new eyes to the world of Chanel, and intrigue loyal fans through a hands-on journey.
"Mademoiselle Privé" is ongoing from now to February 10.
3/6 Paris: ‘Beyond Seeing’, at WIP La Villette
To understand fashion is to experience it on a multisensorial level – in that respect, the Goethe-Institut of Paris embarked on an innovative concept with 4 fashion schools hailing from Germany, France, Belgium and Sweden. Together, they interpret fashion through touch, sound, smell and taste as told through fashion pieces, performances and workshops; among an assortment of mediums.
"Beyond Seeing" will be held from January 18-28, 2018. It will be touring different cities.
4/6 Paris: Margiela/Galliera,1989-2009’, at Palais Galliera
Famed for his avant-garde approach and notoriously secretive identity, Belgian designer Martin Margiela will be honoured at this awaited retrospective showcasing signature pieces, archival treasures, and catwalk shows. They will join over 100 creations spanning his illustrious career from spring/summer 1989 to 2009.
"Margiela/Galliera, 1989-2009" will be held from March 3-July 15, 2018.
5/6 London: “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier”, Design Museum
Following Alaïa’s passing in November 2017, the Design Museum set about putting together an exhibition detailing the master couturier’s career and creative concepts. Extolled for his expertise in cut, tailoring, innovation of materials, and fit, the exhibition is set to unveil more than 60 pieces of Alaïa’s pride and joy spanning 25 illustrious years of artfully engineered garments.
“Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier” is happening from May 10-October 7, 2018.
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6/6 New York: "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”,at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met)
Religion plays an instrumental role in the world of fashion, and this exhibition will open your eyes to how beliefs, Catholic traditions, in particular, play a guiding role for fashion houses. Joining religious attire and archived accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy are pieces from Italian and French design houses, like Coco Chanel, John Galliano and Dolce & Gabbana, to reinstated fashion and faith’s complex dialogue.
“Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” is on from May 10-October 8, 2018.