In the next year, at least ten shows focussed on fashion designers, brands or iconic garments will open in museums from New York to Venice.
March alone promises exhibitions on Christian Louboutin at London’s Design Museum (opening on the 28th), a retrospective of Marc Jacobs’s work at Louis Vuitton in Paris from the 9th and a show on Diana Vreeland at Venice’s Fortuny Museum. In May, the Victoria and Albert Museum will reopen its fashion galleries with its Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950.
The blossoming of fashion exhibitions owes much to the success of Savage Beauty, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Alexander McQueen retrospective. That show drew unprecedented attendance levels—a total of 661,509 visitors—rising to rank as one of the museum’s top ten most visited.
‘Clearly the critical as well as popular success of the McQueen show suggests that fashion design has a more secure place in the precincts of an art museum,’ Harold Koda, curator in charge of the Metropolitan’s Costume Institute, told WWD.
Although Savage Beauty-style success will be hard to replicate, we’re delighted that museums are following the Metropolitan’s lead. Fill your cultural calendars with the following fashion exhibitions for 2012:
- IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA, The Museum at FIT, New York, 10 February – 27 April 2012
- Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, Fortuny Museum, Venice, Italy, March 2012
- Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs, Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris, 9 March – 16 September
- Yves Saint Laurent – The Retrospective, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado; from 25 March
- Christian Louboutin, Design Museum, London, 28 March – 1 July 2012
- Fifty Years of James Bond Style, The Barbican, London, April 2012
- Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion, The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10 May – 19 August 2012
- Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 19 May 2012 – 26 January 2013