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7 Inspiring Fashion Exhibitions to Explore in Summer 2024

Yuima Nakazato, collection Atlas (Photo Credit: Yuima Nakazato, FashionUnited)

Yuima Nakazato, Atlas collection (Photo Credit: Yuima Nakazato, FashionUnited)

From breathtaking designs to influential cultural trends and historic events, the world of fashion is as vast as it is captivating.

One of the best ways to understand the factors that have shaped modern fashion and to appreciate the work of influential designers is to see their creations up close. This summer, there are many exciting museum exhibits worldwide, offering a deep dive into these fascinating aspects of fashion.

Here, we’ll highlight seven exciting exhibits. Whether you live nearby or are planning a cultural addition to an upcoming trip, these exhibits offer a unique opportunity to explore the evolution of fashion and the stories behind the designs. Read on to discover which fashion exhibits to add to your itinerary this summer and prepare to be inspired by the diverse history and innovative designs in the world of fashion.

Yuima Nakazoto: Beyond Couture

Museum of Lace and Fashion, Calais, France

June 15, 2024, – January 5, 2025

Japanese designer Yuima Nakazato has created an innovative and visionary world by merging tradition with a use of new technologies and textiles. As an advocate for crafting a sustainable world through fashion, he uses innovative materials and methods and draws from nature for inspiration to create his bespoke designs. Nakazato’s exhibition offers a step inside his futuristic vision and commitment to eco-conscious fashion.

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From Yuima Nakazato’s Autumn/Winter 2023 Magma collection at the exhibition entitled Nakazoto: Beyond Couture. (Photo Credit: Victor Jacques Sebb-Yuima for Museum of Lace and Fashion, Calais and mannequin Madeleine Bax)

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Balenciaga: Character

Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum, Getaria, Spain

March 1, 2024 – January 19, 2024

The Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum has curated an exhibit to showcase Balenciaga’s influential brand from an “unexplored perspective.” With a display of 90 different garments, museum goers can examine and appreciate the structural nature and technical detail that have set Balenciaga apart.

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Looks from the Balenciaga: Character exhibit (Photo Credit: Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum)

Looks from the Balenciaga: Character exhibit (Photo Credit: Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum)

 

NAOMI: In Fashion

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

June 22, 2024 – April 6, 2025

Opening in the end of June, this exhibit will give a deep look into model Naomi Campbell’s impressive career. This exhibit will give a unique look at the fashion industry through highlighting designers and creatives that played a role in Naomi’s career, including Azzedine Alaïa, Vivienne Westwood, and Jean Paul Gaultier. With around 100 looks from top designers, this exhibition celebrates Campbell’s cultural impact and activism, offering a glimpse into four decades of fashion and influence.

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looks from NAOMI: In FashionVictoria and Albert Museum, London, UK June 22, 2024, - April 6, 2025

Looks from NAOMI: In Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK (Image Credit: Victoria and Albert Museum)

 

Icons of British Fashion

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK

March 23, 2024 – June 30, 2024

Don’t miss out on Blenheim Palace’s largest exhibit to date, which highlights many of Britain’s most influential names in history. Giving a room to each designer, this expansive exhibition will show visitors not only a wide selection of designs, but the history and impact of each designer, including Vivienne Westwood, Jean Muir, Terry de Havilland, Bruce Oldfield, Turnbull & Asser, Zandra Rhodes, Lulu Guinness, Barbour, Alice Temperley, Stella McCartney and Stephen Jones Millinery for Christian Dior – an impressive list!

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Vivienne Westwood exhibit at Blenheim Palace (Photo Credit: Paul Allen, Forbes)

Vivienne Westwood exhibit at Blenheim Palace (Photo Credit: Paul Allen, Forbes)

 

Modern Ritual: The Art of Mary McFadden

Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA

May 11, 2024 – October 11, 2024

Explore the world of American fashion icon Mary McFadden at Drexel University this summer/fall. From her signature Marii pleating to hand-painted textiles, this exhibition showcases 40 meticulously crafted garments as well as drawings that show the stories behind the pieces. Visitors will leave with deeper insight and appreciation into McFadden’s influence on American fashion.

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Look from the Mary McFadden Fashion exhibit at Drexel University (Photo credit: Drexel University)

Look from the Mary McFadden fashion exhibit, Modern Ritual: The Art of Mary McFadden at Drexel University (Photo Credit: Drexel University)

Joyce J. Scott/ Walk a Mile in My Dreams

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Md.

March 24, 2024-July 14, 2024

American artist Joyce J. Scott comes from a long line of makers in her family who created beautiful, functional objects in their quest for freedom out of slavery, sharecropping, migration, and segregation. Scott uses mediums including beadwork, sculpture, textiles, jewelry and printmaking to address challenging yet important topics such as racial and social inequality. This exhibit showcases her prolific career through nearly 140 different objects. Immerse yourself in her world, vision and storytelling at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Joyce J. Scott, Buddha Gives Basketball to the Ghetto is a humorous exaggeration of the myth that Black Americans are gifted as naturally superior athletes. (Image Credit: Baltimore Museum of Art: Instagram)

 

The Birth of Department Stores

 Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France

April 10, 2024- October 13, 2024

Illustration of a Parisian Department store (Photo credit: Musée des Arts Décoratifs)

Illustration of a Parisian Department store (Photo credit: Musée des Arts Décoratifs)

Visit the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (MAD) in Paris to learn about one of the systems that today seems commonplace, but played a significant role in shaping consumerism and the fashion industry: department stores. This exhibit highlights the rich historical, political, and social contexts from 1852-1925 and showcases how these played a role in reshaping consumer perceptions, purchasing behaviors, and industry trends that greatly shaped the world of fashion we know today.

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So tell us, which fashion exhibit are you excited to see for yourself this summer?

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Bergdorf Goodman 2022 Holiday windows behind the scenes video (Video credit: You Tube )

 

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Rare Kicks Auctioned to Kick Slave Labor in the Fashion Industry

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Pictured above: Kith X Nike LeBron James XV, Long Live the King Part II, 2018

This summer, the rarest, most coveted sneaker collaborations were on view on Park Avenue at the Tongue + Chic, Sneakers  X Artists exhibition. The exhibition ran for only about a month and a half, and we were lucky to make it in before the closing date of August 31. Sneakerheads came from near and far (and formed lines around the block) just to get a glimpse of famous collaborations between Nike, Converse, Puma, Reebok and various artists and influencers. Read More

Making the Mundane Meaningful at MoMA

T-shirts. Jeans. A little black dress. Underwear.

Not exactly garments you might think worthy of the MoMA’s first fashion exhibit in 73 years, and only second fashion exhibit—ever.

However, items many of us have had as staples in our own closets over the years are exactly the garments sparking current conversation in the fashion and art world since this collection of seemingly mundane clothes and accessories opened to the public on October 1, 2018. Read More

Field Trip: Irving Penn at the Met

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When you think of iconic fashion magazine images, which favorite shots come to mind?

Ethereal, natural, almost dream-like images shot by Annie Leibovitz? Maybe bold, bright shots by Mario Testino? Perhaps the tongue-in-cheek, sexy, playful images by Cass Bird?

These prolific photogs share something in common. No matter the celebrity, product or scene they are shooting, they do so through their own recognizable lens.

Irving Penn is one such master at putting his spin on a photograph regardless of the subject—and is a recent subject himself of an exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibit marks the centennial celebration of Penn’s birth, and we were lucky to get a few of our own photos of this artist’s expansive body of work over a career spanning almost 70 years. Read More

Field trip: Sydney and Melbourne

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Escape the bone-chilling temps and the uneasy political climate in the U.S. for a ten day sunny stay in Australia? Count. Me. In.

Sunny Australian summer laneway

Sunny Australian summer laneway

Although it took me a bit to wrap my head around the time difference (subtract 7ish hours from the current time in the states, go back one day and you have a successful switch to Australian time), Sydney and Melbourne have always been on my list of cities to experience. What I found in the land down under was an eclectic design culture where local designers are thriving. I visited outdoor markets and perused laneways and arcades (gorgeous hidden strips of shops, each with their own personality and vibe) and marveled at the ease with which local artisans described doing business in Australia. What I did not find in terms of fashion was a signature Australian style – unless of course I count the easy, colorful beachwear and bikinis necessary for time spent on Australia’s beautiful beaches.

Sydney Opera House

I started my stay in Sydney where I quickly got the impression Sydney is to Manhattan as Melbourne may be to Brooklyn? Much like Manhattan’s Empire State Building, there’s no mistaking the Sydney Opera House skyline silhouette. I took the opportunity to see the opera house up close and was surprised by the textile inspiration I found in the tiled patterns that simply cannot be conveyed from far away. As for shopping, Sydney is home to all of the usual suspects in terms of Topshop, Uniqlo and H&M in addition to luxury designer boutiques. However, I was on the hunt for the local scene.

Bondi Beach Market

Beachwear at Bondi Market

Convinced that I would discover a signature Australian design aesthetic, I headed to one of the Paddington Markets as well as Bondi Market located just off the beautiful Bondi Beach. In addition to the many sections of beachwear and jewelry, I was surprised to find influences from the world over – particularly Scandinavia and Japan. In talking with vendors, it seemed local production was very manageable and that taking one’s business from local markets to an independent boutique was not an uncommon route for designers. Yoshi Jones is an Australian designer that encompasses all that I observed. A well-known Sydney designer, she is heavily influenced by Japanese design and fabrics and has made her way from the Paddington and Bondi markets to an independent boutique.

Summertime at Bondi Market

Summertime at Bondi Market

For me, the fresh flowers, the colorful hand printed souvenirs and gorgeous food were standouts in Sydney. Edible flowers seemed to accompany every dish, and if ever I were to find design inspiration in food, Sydney and Melbourne would be front runners in terms of places to visit. Speaking of Melbourne, my initial analogy proved to be true. Just as Brooklyn is packed with emerging artists and creative inspiration, Melbourne boasts a similar feel. A visit to the suburb of Fitzroy will have you roaming in and out of shops for days.

Inside E.S.S.

Inside ESS. Laboratory

Again, no aesthetic specific to Melbourne or even Australia, but you will find a wealth of locally made goods influenced by worldwide design. One of my favorite shops was ESS. Laboratory – started by a Japanese designer who now makes Melbourne her home, studio and place of production.

Overall Wall at American Vintage

Overall Wall at American Vintage

Another shock to my retail system was the amount of vintage I found in Melbourne. Take a look at the WALL of overalls I found at aptly named American Vintage Clothing Company on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy. This hidden goldmine was packed wall to wall with denim and classic Americana staples from American flags to Future Farmers of America jackets from each of the Midwestern states.

As a blogger for the University of Fashion, I understand you are looking for fashion-related tips (and field trips), however, I have to mention once again Australian food and drink – the coffee was the best I’ve sipped and just take a look at this Vegemite avocado toast, complete with edible flowers from Fika.

Vegemite avocado toast at Fika

Vegemite avocado toast at Fika

This slice of heaven was located an hour train ride outside of Melbourne in Ballarat. Should you make the long trek to Melbourne, tack a quick trip on to Ballarat for not only the food and coffee at Fika, but the stylie baristas who will serve you. Questions/comments about the land down under? Feel free to leave them in the the comments below. Cheers, mate!

X marks the spot at Fika

X marks the spot at Fika

Can you name 5 influential fashion illustrators?

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If you were asked to name 5 influential fashion designers, chances are you would be able list them faster than I could say McQueen, Kawakubo, Yamamoto, Chanel and Vionnet. If you were asked to do the same for fashion illustrators, who would top your list? After our most recent field trip to El Museo del Barrio here in NYC, we are thrilled to introduce you to the work of Antonio Lopez. Read More