In the dog-days of summer, the beach, the BBQs and the boys easily get to our heads, carried away as we are in streams of Aperol Spritz and countless sunrises. No e-mails to answer; no fashion week to attend; what better way to train our intellectual abilities, then, than to head to the museum? Fashion curation is still an emerging field as a distinctive genre from more traditional costume history exhibitions – pointing to the increased academic attention paid to modern fashion design. More interestingly, fashion is also seen increasingly incorporated into more art historical survey exhibitions, in the same way that art increasingly finds a place in the fashion museum. Fashion curation is not just great entertainment for the fashion obsessed, but a healthy counter-weight to an accelerated industry that tends to forget its own history – including the aesthetic, economic, and ideological specifics of fashion as a concept. Below, we choose five must-see fashion exhibitions around the world this summer, spanning the hairy surrealist jewellery by Meret Oppenheim to Margiela’s mythologized tenure at French luxury house Hermès. Enjoy!
Medusa – Jewelley and Taboos @ City of Paris’ Museum of Modern Art, Paris
Margiela – The Hermes Years @ Modemuseum Antwerp, Antwerp
Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams @ Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion @ Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between @ Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York