A spate of new museum exhibits should keep your mind off the sad fact that Fashion Month is almost over…
what: The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent devotes its 17th exhibition to Kabuki. The centuries-old Japanese theater costumes (courtesy of Shôchiku Costumes) are accompanied by accessories, engravings, photographs and documentary footage, the first of its kind ever held in Paris.
where: Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, 5 avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris
when: March 7 – July 15, 2012
what: In Youthquake (a term used often by Diana Vreeland), FIT explores the dramatic impact of youth culture on fashion during the 1960s, a decade defined by the ascendance of young people as a political, social, and aesthetic force. The exhibit features over 30 garments, accessories, videos, and other related media.
where: The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, NYC
when: March 6 – April 7, 2012
what: Still under renovation, Musée Galliera at the Docks will stage two small exhibits this summer. One looks back at Cristóbal Balenciaga, with more than 70 historical garments collected by the late couturier, shown alongside his own couture pieces. The other, White Drama, will showcase Comme des Garçons’ all-white spring 2012 collection by Rei Kawakubo, who also designed the scenography for the exhibit.
where: Musée Galliera at the Docks, 34 quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris
when: April 13 – October 7, 2012
what: Coinciding with the 60th anniversary of formal relations between Japan and Israel, the Design Museum in Holon will mount an exhibit of 80 women’s and men’s looks by Yohji Yamamoto—an Israeli first. A series of site-specific installations will inhabit and respond to Ron Arad’s iconic building, unifying indoor and outdoor spaces, including the two major galleries, a lab space and garden.
where: Pinhas Eilon St. 8, Holon, Israel 58459
when: July – October 2012
what: Celebrating Christian Louboutin’s 20th anniversary and drawing from the shoe designer’s personal archive, a major retrospective at the London Design Museum begins with the origins of the iconic red sole and continues through his latest collections, touching on everything in between, from stilettos and studded sneakers to handbags and Louboutin’s new men’s range.
where: Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD
when: May 1 – July 8, 2012