From Dandy to Punk: The Must-See Fashion Exhibitions of 2013

From Dandy to Punk: The Must-See Fashion Exhibitions of 2013
Zandra Rhodes (British, born 1940), 1977 Photograph by Clive Arrowsmith for Zandra Rhodes Archive from the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition
(Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

“Mannequin — le Corps de la Mode” (“Model — the Body of Fashion”) at Les Docks, Paris, February 1 - May 19, 2013

The Musée Galliera, which is closed for renovation, continues its off-site shows, this time with an exhibition that highlights the importance of the model’s role in fashion. One hundred and twenty photographs by the likes of Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Corinne Day will be on display.


Antonio Lopez and the World of Fashion Art” at the André Leon Talley Gallery at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, February 2 - May 5, 2013

André Leon Talley pays tribute to his friend, the late fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez, whose vibrant drawings captured the exuberant beauty of his subjects. This exhibition will contain elements from Lopez’s fall exhibition at Suzanne Geiss Company, as well as never-before-exhibited illustrations and objects handpicked by Talley himself.

“Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February 26 - May 27, 2013

First shown last year at Paris’s Musée d’Orsay, this exhibition, which explores the relationship between fashion and this significant period in art, makes its way to the Met. Eighty figure paintings, from the likes of Manet, Monet, Renoir, and more depict the City of Light’s emergence as a global fashion capital.

David Bowie Is” at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, March 23 - July 28, 2013

Sponsored by Gucci, this show will display a variety of David Bowie ephemera, including the wildly colorful and flamboyant costumes of his glam rock years.

“Front Row: Chinese American Designers” at the Museum of Chinese in America, New York, April 26 - September 29, 2013

Chinese American fashion designer Mary Ping guest curated this exhibition, which highlights the narratives of 17 Chinese designers who found success in the Big Apple, including Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Jason Wu, and Vera Wang.

“Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion” at the RISD Museum, Providence, April 28 - August 18, 2013

The Dandy gets the spotlight at the RISD Museum with a show that focuses on the garments, bespoke tailoring, and flair of his style from the 18th century to present. The exhibition focuses on the figure George “Beau” Brummell and modern-day dandies like Thom Browne and Waris Ahluwalia.

“Punk: Chaos to Couture” at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 9 - August 11, 2013

This year’s Costume Institute exhibition takes a look at punk’s rise from Mohawks and studded leather jackets seen on the streets of London and New York to the fashion significance of the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, and on to the catwalks of Givenchy, Rodarte, Vivienne Westwood, and more.

“From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the ’80s” at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, July 10, 2013 - February 16, 2014

The Day-Glo colors embraced at raves and the fanciful military jackets of the New Romantics are among the styles of the ’80s that went from late night to luxury. With 85 ensembles on display, this show traces how fashions worn in London’s underground club scene influenced a string of designers including John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, and Katharine Hamnett.

“Future Beauty: Thirty Years of Japanese Fashion” at the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, June 27 – September 8, 2013

See how the avant-garde silhouettes and innovative creations of Japanese designers like Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, Jun Takahashi, Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, and Junya Watanabe helped shape the fashion industry over the last three decades.

“Queer Style: A History of Gay and Lesbian Fashion” at the Museum at FIT, New York, September 13, 2013 - January 4, 2014

This exhibition follows gay and lesbian fashion and its significance over the last century, highlighting dandies and aesthetes, the androgynous 1920s garçonne look, and tough leather gear and 1980s clubwear.

“The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, October 25, 2013 - February 23, 2014

After stints in Montreal, Dallas, San Francisco, Madrid, and Rotterdam, this expansive show that traces the career of one of fashion’s enfant terribles — from his sailor stripes to conical bras — makes its way to Brooklyn.

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