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 Londons Design Museum (opening on the 28th), a retrospective of Marc Jacobss work at Louis Vuitton in Paris from the 9th and a show on Diana Vreeland at Venices 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 Arts Alexander McQueen retrospective. That show drew unprecedented attendance levelsa total of 661,509 visitorsrising to rank as one of the museums 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 Metropolitans Costume Institute, told WWD.
Although Savage Beauty-style success will be hard to replicate, were delighted that museums are following the Metropolitans 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