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1. Star Power: Edward Steichen’s Glamour Photography at the Taft Museum (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Open through January 27, 2013
Edward Steichen was a famous painter and photographer who became the chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair in 1923. Photographing Martha Graham, Walt Disney and Greta Garbo, Steichen’s eye was modern and dramatic, and his photos exuded glamor. This exhibit features more than 100 of his celebrated portraits from 1923-1937, and from politics to high fashion, you’ll notice an array of famous faces.
1. Star Power: Edward Steichen’s Glamour Photography at the Taft Museum (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Open through January 27, 2013
1. Star Power: Edward Steichen’s Glamour Photography at the Taft Museum (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Open through January 27, 2013
 
2. Fashion & Technology at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, New York)
Open through May 8, 2013
 This exhibit illustrates the fast-paced and continually evolving relationship between fashion and technology. Spanning the last 250 years, we learn how technology is at fashion’s core, and how it influences production, function, materials and aesthetics. From the invention of the sewing machine, to the creation of skyscrapers, to the discovery of space travel, we see how specific designers were inspired by the changing world around them. Now with 3-D printing and social media to intensify fashion branding opportunities, this exhibit enables visitors to think outside the box of tangible fashion and into the realm of conceptual factors.
2. Fashion & Technology at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, New York)
Open through May 8, 2013
2. Fashion & Technology at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, New York)
Open through May 8, 2013
3. Ivy Style at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, New York)
Open through January 5, 2013
Everyone grab your Sperrys and polos—this exhibit examines how Ivy League style revolutionized menswear. Set up thematically into sections reminiscent of a campus quad, classroom, dorm, library, athletic field and more, Ivy Style ensures you an authentic Princeton or Harvard experience, sans academic pressure and with heightened fashion. We learn how British attire and other influences like the Jazz Age influenced Ivy League style to leave its enduring impression today. Quintessential preppy all-American brands like Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers and Gant provide no shortage of sports coats, plaid and bow ties.
3. Ivy Style at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, New York)
Open through January 5, 2013
3. Ivy Style at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, New York)
Open through January 5, 2013
4. Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen at Lincoln Center (New York, New York)
Open through January 12, 2013
Organized by the Kent State University Museum, this exhibit will allow you to step into fashion icon, Katharine Hepburn’s, personal collection of performance clothes. Hepburn’s spunky and independent personality are reflective of her leading roles, and in this exhibit, visitors can admire her “rebel chic” tomboy rehearsal wear, as well as her more glamorous and bold on-stage costumes. Whether it was in her theater, film or television successes, Hepburn knew just how much clothing defined a character. Enhanced by scripts, film stills, posters and playbills, this exhibit at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center will bring you back to the pique of this leading lady’s career, and you won’t want to leave.
4. Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen at Lincoln Center (New York, New York)
Open through January 12, 2013
4. Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen at Lincoln Center (New York, New York)
Open through January 12, 2013
5. Modern Spirit; Fashion of the 1920s at the Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, Arizona)
Open through February 10, 2013
What’s better than a fashion museum visit to break up daunting hours (okay, maybe they aren’t too painful) at Scottsdale spas? With Gatsby buzz in the air, we can expect 2013 to bring us some colorful and extraordinary 1920’s exhibits. Modern Spirit; Fashion of the 1920s strives to take visitors beyond the familiar bob and beaded dresses by showing how shorter hemlines and speakeasies reflected the evolving moral and freedoms of the time. In over 40 designs by Coco Chanel, Madeleine Vionnet and more, visitors see how during the 1920’s, women embraced their athleticism, intellectualism and even their libido.
5. Modern Spirit; Fashion of the 1920s at the Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, Arizona)
Open through February 10, 2013
5. Modern Spirit; Fashion of the 1920s at the Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, Arizona)
Open through February 10, 2013
6. Madame Grès – Sculptural Fashion at ModeMuseum (Antwerp, Belgium)
Open through February 10, 2013
Madame Grès was a Parisian couturier whose career spanned 50 years into the later 1980s. You may know her for her streamlined screen siren gowns, but what you didn’t know is that Grès wanted to be a sculptor. Viewing her models as displays for wearable art, Grès used Hellenistic drapery on her gowns, eventually proving to be a pioneer of seamless garments. ModeMuseum, known as MoMu, worked with Belgian artist Renato Nicolodi to design a minimalist yet installation-like space to complement Grès’ timeless and pure designs. Thanks to Nicolodi, the exhibit, which had a similar retrospective at Paris’ Bourdelle Museum in 2011, is recomposed to strengthen its sculptural emphasis. Despite the obvious references to antiquity, Grès’ work seems so shockingly modern, with its experimental cutouts and asymmetric necklines. The secret to her transcendent gowns lies in their delicate femininity.
6. Madame Grès – Sculptural Fashion at ModeMuseum (Antwerp, Belgium)
Open through February 10, 2013
6. Madame Grès – Sculptural Fashion at ModeMuseum (Antwerp, Belgium)
Open through February 10, 2013
7. Marilyn at Museo Salvatore Ferragamo (Florence, Italy)
Open through April 1, 2013
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum pays homage to her by releasing a book and creating an exhibit. The book, edited by museum director Stefania Ricci and art critic Sergio Risaliti, Marilyn features iconic and previously unseen photographs of Monroe in both public and more intimate settings. The complementary museum exhibit in turn displays 50 of Monroe’s outfits, including her famous Salvatore Ferragamo beige suede pumps. These four-inch heels, of which she has 30 identical pairs, were just one symbol of Monroe’s loyalty to the designer. Ricci’s and Risaliti’s exhibit causes readers to see the star in a fresh and unexpected light. Naturally inspired by the artistic city of Florence where the museum is located, the exhibit compares Marilyn to classic paintings like Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus.” Otherwise associated with Warhol’s pop art as a pop culture icon, Marilyn depicts the star as an eternal beauty.
7. Marilyn at Museo Salvatore Ferragamo (Florence, Italy)
Open through April 1, 2013
7. Marilyn at Museo Salvatore Ferragamo (Florence, Italy)
Open through April 1, 2013
8. Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 and Hollywood Costume at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, England)
Open through January 6, 2013
Capturing 60 years of British design tradition, this exhibit has over 60 ballgowns, from the red carpet to the catwalk, displayed on two floors. As expected, the exhibit features several famous gowns worn by British royalty, take the Princess Diana “Elvis Dress” designed by Catherine Walker. Displayed around oversized pearls and opulent chandeliers, dresses by Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen, Erdem and other acclaimed designers leave visitors feeling like they’re in a fashion-filled winter wonderland. Talk about our kind of Christmas vacation. If you find yourself at the Victoria & Albert Museum before January 27th, make sure to visit the incredible Hollywood Costume exhibit.
8. Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 and Hollywood Costume at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, England)
Open through January 6, 2013
8. Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 and Hollywood Costume at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, England)
Open through January 6, 2013
9. Valentino: Master of Couture at Somerset House (London, England)
Open through March 3, 2013
This exhibit features over 130 of Valentino’s iconic designs spanning over 50 years of his career. Divided into three sections, visitors first enter a private room with photographs and portraits from Valentino’s personal archives. In contrast, the second room resembles an haute couture fashion show, and the third represents a workshop in which we see the intense process of crafting couture. Through glorious wedding dresses, including the decadent one worn by Princess Marie Chantal of Greece, we see the hard work and detail put into every hand-sewn couture garment. To complement the exhibit, a book, Valentino: Master of Couture, A Private View, was released. Not to mention that the museum is selling exclusive accessories designed for the exhibit. From the stunning gowns detailed with Valentino’s iconic rose to the never-seen-before photos, you will adore this world of Italian luxury.
9. Valentino: Master of Couture at Somerset House (London, England)
Open through March 3, 2013
9. Valentino: Master of Couture at Somerset House (London, England)
Open through March 3, 2013
10. Tim Walker: Story Teller at Somerset House (London, England)
Open through January 27, 2013
Displaying more than 175 images, be prepared to enter British photographer Tim Walker’s dreamlike and twisted world. Thanks to make-up, artistic direction and mind-boggling props, you will hardly recognize the smorgasbord of models (Kate Moss and Karlie Kloss included). With his talent and imaginative vision, Walker transports you into a dream world full of life-size toy soldiers, porcelain doll giants, lavished tea parties and a slew of animals.
10. Tim Walker: Story Teller at Somerset House (London, England)
Open through January 27, 2013
10. Tim Walker: Story Teller at Somerset House (London, England)
Open through January 27, 2013
11. Fashioning Fashion: Two Centuries of European Fashion, 1700-1915 at Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris, France)
Open from December 13, 2012 through April 14, 2013
From the museum that brought you the Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs exhibit just this past year, Musée des Arts Décoratifs is now presenting Fashioning Fashion: Two Centuries of European Fashion, 1700-1915.  There are around 100 outfits from the collections of antique dealers, Martin Kamer and Wolfgang Ruf, which the Los Angeles County Museum of Art acquired (this exhibit has moved from LA to Berlin and now Paris!). From the splendor of royal fashion in European courts to the turn of the 20th century, this exhibit depicts the changing tastes in European clothing and how trends developed in historic fashion.
11. Fashioning Fashion: Two Centuries of European Fashion, 1700-1915 at Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris, France)
Open from December 13, 2012 through April 14, 2013
11. Fashioning Fashion: Two Centuries of European Fashion, 1700-1915 at Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris, France)
Open from December 13, 2012 through April 14, 2013
12. Van Cleef & Arpels. L’Art de la Haute Joaillerie at Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris, France)
Open through February 10, 2013
Another exhibit we love at Musée des Arts Décoratifs focuses on the history of Van Cleef & Arpels. Since 1906 when its first boutique opened, Van Cleef & Arpels has been the premiere luxury and jewelry brand, and this exhibition houses around 500 pieces organized with precise chronology. Be dazzled by diamonds and gemstones and the archives and drawings surrounding them.
12. Van Cleef & Arpels. L’Art de la Haute Joaillerie at Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris, France)
Open through February 10, 2013
12. Van Cleef & Arpels. L’Art de la Haute Joaillerie at Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris, France)
Open through February 10, 2013
13. Impressionism and Fashion at the Musée d’Orsay (Paris, France)
Open through January 20, 2013
If you want to be swept away by romantic paintings and historic fashion, this is the exhibit for you. Known for its unparalleled collection of impressionist works, Musée d’Orsay adds a three dimensional clothing component to its finest works. The authentic garments mirror those featured on paintings and illustrations done by masters like Manet, Monet, Cézanne. We see that fashion serves as a reflection of art and society, and that the physical garments breathe a new life into each masterpiece. So thankfully, you can relive the beauty of the bell époque without having to wear corsets and crinoline.
13. Impressionism and Fashion at the Musée d’Orsay (Paris, France)
Open through January 20, 2013
13. Impressionism and Fashion at the Musée d’Orsay (Paris, France)
Open through January 20, 2013
14. The Roaring Twenties: Heels, Hemlines and High Spirits at The Bata Shoe Museum (Toronto, Canada)
Open through January 13, 2012
A whole museum dedicated to shoes? The only thing better would be if we could buy them too! The Bata Shoe Museum’s The Roaring Twenties: Heels, Hemlines and High Spirits is right on trend with the 1920’s theme, but it takes a new approach to the decade. Once women’s hemlines rose, their exposed shoes became statement pieces. Not to mention that with more frequent dancing and traveling, an improved shoe design was in high demand. The exhibit features several colorful and glamorous slippers by French shoes designers, André Perugia and Paul Poiret. With impeccable details, embellishments and innovative design, this exhibit seamlessly captures 1920’s exoticism and style. (Also, don’t miss the Roger Vivier: Process To Perfection exhibit if your visit to Canada is before April 7th!)
14. The Roaring Twenties: Heels, Hemlines and High Spirits at The Bata Shoe Museum (Toronto, Canada)
Open through January 13, 2012
14. The Roaring Twenties: Heels, Hemlines and High Spirits at The Bata Shoe Museum (Toronto, Canada)
Open through January 13, 2012
15. Blue Jeans at the Centraal Museum (Utrecht, the Netherlands)
Open through March 10, 2013
In the Netherlands first large-scale exhibit on denim, Blue Jeans takes visitors from the 17th century origin of work wear to the high fashion jeans of today. This exhibit showcases jeans made by Chanel, Maison Martin Margiela, YSL and more to demonstrate a bottom-up effect where runways are inspired by the streets. Not only do visitors see the material incorporated into works of art, but they also experience a denim studio where they can see the craftsmanship and technology used to build the fabrics, buttons, labels and dyes.
15. Blue Jeans at the Centraal Museum (Utrecht, the Netherlands)
Open through March 10, 2013
15. Blue Jeans at the Centraal Museum (Utrecht, the Netherlands)
Open through March 10, 2013