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5 Of The Best Fashion Exhibitions In 2017 For The Fashion Fan In Your Life

Looking for something out-of-the-ordinary to buy for the fashion fiend in your life? Fashion exhibitions are a brilliant way to dive into the industries deep-rooted history while getting a glimpse into different trends throughout different periods (plus it’s an excuse for a trip abroad too). Here are five of the best fashion exhibitions coming up in 2017 and where you can find them.

Costume Institute’s Spring 2017 Exhibition at The Met

Dates: May 4th through September 4th, 2017

Where: New york, USA

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The Costume Institute’s spring 2017 exhibition will be Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, on view from May 4 through September 4, 2017. Presented in the Museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall on the second floor, the exhibition will examine Kawakubo’s fascination with interstitiality; or the space between boundaries. The exhibition will feature approximately 120 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, dating from her first Paris runway show in 1981 to her most recent collection. Organised thematically rather than chronologically, the examples will examine Kawakubo’s revolutionary experiments in interstitiality, or “in-betweenness”—the space between boundaries. By situating her designs within and between dualities such as East/West, male/female, and past/present, Kawakubo not only challenges the rigidity and artificiality of such binaries but also resolves and dissolves them. To reflect this, mannequins will be arranged at eye level with no physical barriers, thereby dissolving the usual distance between objects on display and museum visitors, according to the official Met Museum website.

For up to date information and ticket enquiries click here.

YSL Museum in Marakkesh

Dates: Autumn 2017

Where: Marrakesh, Morroco 

French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent (1936 - 2008) in his Paris studio, January 1982. (Photo by John Downing/Getty Images)

In September 2017, two new museums dedicated to the work of Yves Saint Laurent will open in Paris and Marrakech, giving fans of fashion’s beloved couturier a closer look at his career, designs, and life in the atelier. The first will be centred in the home of haute couture – Paris; while the second will be placed in Yves home from home – Marrakesh. The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech – also know as the Yves Saint Laurent Garden – is one of the cities biggest tourist attractions; with over 700,000 visitors alone in 2015. The late fashion designer had a long-standing relationship with Morocco and bought the property that resides in the YSL gardens in the 1980’s; saving it from the bulldozers of an iconoclastic developer. Those who knew Yves and followed his iconic work know the impact the city of Marrakech had on his career and indeed the fashion industry.  Along with the original YSL house, there is a state-of-the-art custom-built facility designed by Studio KO, and is built to represent YSL’s “clean, uncluttered style recalls of Saint Laurents work”. Although there is no official opening date for either of the museums yet, it is expected that they will open in Autumn 2017.

Hair by Sam McKnight

Dates: November 2nd, 2016 through March 12th, 2017

Where: Somerset House, London

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Sam McKnight has been instrumental in helping to create some of the most iconic images in popular culture from Princess Diana’s short, slicked back style to Madonna’s Bedtime Stories album cover and Tilda Swinton channelling David Bowie. McKnight’s work traces a vast array of movements and hairstyles, from nostalgic to androgynous, romantic to sexy, red to platinum, cataloguing the transformative nature of hair within the image. He has worked on countless fashion editorial shoots (including over 190 Vogue covers), advertising campaigns and catwalk shows with supermodels Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell, and with international fashion designers Chanel and Vivienne Westwood. Hair by Sam McKnight is the first exhibition to contextualise the wider cultural significance of hair and the role of the session stylist within fashion.

The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture

Dates: August 27th through November 7th, 2017

Where: Melbourne, Australia

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It’s undeniable that Dior has played a monumental role in the development of the fashion industry. In celebration of Christian Dior’s legacy, Australia will soon play host to an extensive display of Dior’s revolutionary designs with an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. According to Vogue, the exhibition will feature 140 garments from the house, designed from 1947 to 2017. There will be pieces designed by Christian Dior himself, solidifying the brand codes that subsequent designers have re-interpreted and re-invented following his unexpected death, from Yves Saint Laurent who first took the reins after Dior to Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri, the current and first female creative director who presented her first ready-to-wear collection for the label in October. The exhibition will be a celebration of Dior’s most landmark moments; revolutionising women’s fashion. This might come as an expensive fashion trip, but it will be oh-so-worth-it. dah-ling.

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

Dates: April 16th, 2016 through March 12th, 2017

Where: London, UK

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Discover the evolution of underwear design from the 18th-century to the present day. Taking place at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear features over 200 examples of underwear for men and women, highlighting the enduring themes of innovation and luxury. From the custom-made, such as a rare example of home-made ‘stays’ worn by a working woman in England in the 18th-century, to pieces by current designers including Stella McCartney, Rigby & Peller and Paul Smith, the exhibition explores the relationship between underwear and fashion. It covers notions of the ideal body, and the ways that cut, fit, fabric and decoration can reveal issues of gender, sex and morality.

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