November fashion exhibitions

Los Angeles based fashion label Rodarte is the focus of the first fashion exhibition mounted by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington. Disliked by The Washington Post Fashion Critic Robin Givhan for its lack of substance, the exhibition features catwalks looks from the brands collections since it was founded in 2005. Meanwhile, fashion, textiles and art collide in a more substantive manner at Cultural Threads and Dress Code exhibitions …read more

September fashion exhibitions

Identity as a theme underpins all the exhibitions opening this month. At Fondazione Prada in Milan, African American identity is examined with a display of images from Ebony and Jet magazines from the 1940s onwards. At Magnum Print Room in London, an exhibition titled Collaborative Portraiture explores collaboration and control in portraiture of women, through the work of three women Magnum photographers. The polarising, politicises and gendered colour pink gets its own exhibition at The FIT in New York …read more

August fashion books

Teaching Fashion Studies makes a contribution to fashion pedagogy by offering a practical guidance to educators about the topic. Elizabeth L. Krause’s Tight Knit and Joan DeJean’s The Queen’s Embroiderer examine the the high and low end of fashion production – the first offering a critical look at the effects of capitalism and globalisation on the fashion industry and the latter a more human-cantered narrative about craft and labour.  Styling South Asian Youth Cultures broadens the the otherwise euro-centric field of fashion studies …read more

August fashion exhibitions

Normally, August is a quite month for exhibition openings, however this month sees the start of three of the most exiting displays so far this year. New York design duo Eckhaus Latta have created three installations for Whitney that explore desire, social relations, and consumption. Photographer Viviane Sassen whose work belongs to the surrealist tradition has her work on display at Hepworth Wakefield. DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics features the work of artists who have used drag to explore or question identity, gender, class and politics …read more

July fashion exhibitions

This month is all about fashion photography. Catwalk photographer Chris Moore is celebrated at The Bowes Museum with an exhibition based on his recently published book. Meanwhile, one of the leading contemporary fashion photographers, Collier Schorr, is staging exhibition that explores the representation of body. Getty Centre attempts to compile the canon of fashion photography by exhibiting key images taken in between 1911–2011 …read more

June fashion exhibitions

V&A is set to lure in big visitor numbers with their Frida Kahlo exhibitions that includes fashion, art and objects belonging to the artist. Sustainability is on the agenda at Museum at FIT with Fashion Unraveled that looks at how mending, repurposing and deconstruction has been applied as a design approach. Print! Tearing It Up that focuses on independent magazines is a must-see for lovers of printed matter …read more

May fashion exhibitions

Many of the major museums are gearing towards the summer with exhibitions that are sure to bring in the visitors. The Met’s annual spring exhibition is a dialogue between Catholicism and fashion featuring rarely seen group of papal robes and accessories from the Vatican.  In London, The Design Museum is hosting an exhibition about the work of Azzedine Alana conceived by the designer before his death last year. Meanwhile, Orla Kiely’s pattern rich body of work is on display at the Fashion and Textile Museum …read more

April fashion books

Fashion, and indeed anti-fashion, have for centuries been used as a marker of identity, to politicise the body and for public relations. This April, an array of books tap into these themes through the lens of gender. Masculinity materialises in Peter McNeil book that maps the history of macaroni men and Jay McCauley Bowstead’s book explores the more recent menswear revolution. Meanwhile, Tessa Boase’s book ties together fathers, fashion and suffragettes, and Iris Apfel tells her story as a ‘rare bird’ …read more

April fashion exhibitions

This April, London’s V&A museum is set to open an exhibition that explores how fashion has relied on nature as a source of visual reference but also how fashion can be used as a tool to create a more sustainable future. Meanwhile, Margiela, les années Hermès, that was originally on display at Antwerp’s MoMu, will travel over to Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film is hosting a retrospective of Pierre Cardin’s futuristic fashion work …read more

December fashion books

In order to help you with the inevitable problem of what to give to that fashionable friend with a references library that includes most fashion related books, we have selected four present worthy books that have been published in recent months. Perhaps a photography book about Cecil Beaton or Petra Collins for the visually curious? The House of Worth, 1858-1954: The Birth of Haute Couture is a must for fashion and consume historians. Alternatively, a book that highlights the work of Caroline Broached is sure to please anyone interested in textiles, jewellery and wearable objects …read more

December fashion exhibitions

Three photography heavy-weights, who have helped to define the look of fashion photography during the course of the last century, have solo exhibitions dedicated to their work – Baron Adolf de Meyer and Richard Alvedon are on display in New York whilst Juergen Teller is in London. The Body: Fashion and Physique at The Museum of FIT explores the complex history of the ‘ideal’ fashion body and the variety of body shapes that have been considered fashionable from the eighteenth century to the present. A number of dresses owned by Grayson Perry are on display at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. …read more

November fashion books

November fashion books share a theme in that they are all about fashion narratives. Long-awaited book by Paul Gorman tells the story of Face magazine that shaped youth culture in Britain during the 80’s and 90’s. Catwalking collates six-decade worth of seminal catwalk photography by Chris Moore whilst Fashion Curating by Annamari Vänskä and Hazel Clark is about the curatorial practices within the context of fashion. Worn in New York: 68 Sartorial Memoirs of the City by Emily Spivack is a sequel to the Worn series with first-person accounts about clothing …read more

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