Unmissable International Fashion Exhibitions To See This Year

From a world-first Rick Owens retrospective in Milan to fashion and religion at the Metropolitan Museum NY, here are just some of the fashion exhibitions we are dying to get to in 2018.


Dates: December 15th, 2017, through to March 25th, 2018

Where: Milan


The Triennale Di Milano will inaugurate a unique exhibition dedicated to visionary designer Rick Owens. The Curve, the Triennale’s signature exhibition space, has been transformed by Rick Owens into an involving pathway through two decades of endless creativity. The anticipated retrospective is comprised of more than 100 garments, objects, accessories, furniture and runway videos, displayed and connected through a spectacular site-specific installation created by the designer for the occasion. Book your tickets here.

Louis Vuitton's “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez ” at The American Stock Exchange Building

Dates: October 27, 2017, through January 7, 2018

Where: NYC

Curated by Olivier Saillard, the exhibition retraces the adventure of the House of Louis Vuitton from 1854 to the present. A story told through the portraits of its founders, as well as those who are inventing the Louis Vuitton of tomorrow. The exhibition is divided into ten chapters devoted entirely to the USA. The tour opens with the most symbolic and iconic object of the House: the trunk, a model fashioned with contemporary flair, embodying the iconic hallmarks and bold spirit of Louis Vuitton. The exhibition only remains open until this weekend so if you're in NYC at the minute you're in for a real treat. Admission is free but it's advised that you reserve your tickets here.

Fashioned from Nature at The V&A


Dates: Saturday, April 21st, 2018, through November 27th, 2019

Where: London


London's Victoria and Albert Museum will host an in-depth look at the advancement of the sustainable fashion industry as their next major fashion blockbuster. Fashioned from Nature will "examine the complex relationship between fashion and the natural world, looking at how designers from Christian Dior to Dries van Noten have drawn inspiration from the beauty of animals and flowers, as well as the ways that the heavy production demands of the industry have damaged the environment", says The Telegraph. It will present more than 300 fashionable objects on display including sustainably-produced outfits by Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood, and a Calvin Klein red carpet dress made from recycled plastic bottles, which was worn by actress Emma Watson at the 2016 Met Gala. Tickets are just £12 and you can reserve your place here.

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination at the Met

Dates: May 10th through to October 8th, 2018

Where: NYC


The Met Gala is the most prominent event in the fashion calendar. The theme for 2018 has been confirmed as “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”, which is intended to explore the relationship between fashion and religion through the ages. Apart from the gala evening itself, a special exhibition will be held in – suitably – a trinity of locations: the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the medieval galleries at the Met’s Fifth Avenue location, and further uptown at The Cloisters, which is a small museum in uppermost Manhattan specialising in European medieval architecture, sculpture and decorative arts. A fascinating aspect of 2018's show is the inclusion of papal garb on loan from the Sistine Chapel sacristy. Many of these garments have never been seen outside the Vatican.

"Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier" at the Design Museum

Dates: May 10th through to October 7th, 2018

Where: London

When he passed away in November, Azzedine Alaïa left a fashion world devastated by his loss but enriched by his work. His signature elegance and precise cutting have already earnt him a retrospective at the Design Museum in London, opening in May. Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier will showcase 60 pieces chosen by the couturier before his death, as part of an exhibition he also co-curated, featuring his most personal and emotive work. Tickets have yet to be released but you can keep an eye out for them here.


"Margiela/Galliera" At Palais Galliera

Dates: March 3rd through to July 15th, 2018

Where: Paris

The Palais Galliera fashion museum in Paris has announced that it will be dedicating a major retrospective to Belgian avant-garde designer Martin Margiela in March 2018. This exhibition traces the career, from spring-summer 1989 to spring-summer 2009, of a designer who not only questioned the structure of garments but also challenged the structure of the fashion system. Margiela, whose conceptual approach challenged the fashion aesthetics of his time, constructed a garment by deconstructing it, exposing the inside, the lining, and the unfinished parts, and revealing the different stages of manufacture: pleats, shoulder pads, patterns, bastings and all. Tickets start from €8 and you can find yours here.

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color at The Fashion Institute Of Technology

Dates: September 7th, 2018, through to January 5th, 2019 


Where: NYC

The Fashion Institute of Technology will be exploring pink in all its glorious facets this coming September. A colour normally synonymous with little girls, ballerinas, Barbie dolls, and all things feminine, the FIT will delve deeper into the depths of the colour with its exhibition Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color, which promises to be one of the year's finest. For more information and tickets, click here.

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