2016, just like it is for concerts, is and will be a fantastic year for art, especially for fashion-related exhibitions. We selected the best ones around the world for you: from Europe to America, without, of course, overlooking Asia. From Balmain’s secret archives to Game Changers, the exhibition illustrating the evolution of female silhouettes over history — here are the fashion shows that really shouldn’t be missed in spring and summer 2016.
Balmain’s Archive Exhibition. Seoul – April 22 – May 19 2016
An innovative exhibition that opens the secret archives of the French maison, and makes them available for public viewing, sharing Balmain’s story from the years it was guided by its founder Pierre Balmain, to the times of Oscar de la Renta, until today, with young art director Olivier Rousteing steering the maison.
Fashion Forward: Three Centuries of Fashion (1715-2015). Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris – April 7 – August 14 2016
This exhibition in Paris tells the story of three centuries of fashion history. This prestigious museum gathered some of the rarest items in its collection — including dresses by Elsa Schiaparelli, Madeleine Vionnet and Christobal Balenciaga — and will make them available for public viewing. The exhibition is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Musée des Arts de la Mode.
Louis Vuitton – Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Tokyo. April 23 – June 19 2016
An exhibition showcasing the maison’s fantastic voyage through the memories and portraits of its founding members, as well as of those who are continuing to make the brand great today. Opening in Tokyo after its great success at the Grand Palais, the exhibition is a visual journey, subdivided in 9 chapters, with the opening one telling the story of Louis Vuitton’s absolute symbol: the travel trunk.
Missoni, Art, Colour. Fashion and Textile Museum, London – May 6 – September 4 2016
This exhibition explores early 20th century art influences on the creative process behind Ottavio and Rosita Missoni’s collections and textiles. The exhibition also include the showing of 40 paintings from multiple artists, and some of the looks that made the maison’s history.
KARL LAGERFELD_Visions of Fashion, Palazzo Pitti Firenze, starting June 15 (closing date tba)
The exhibition is an anthology and a project celebrating the Master, and his refined imagery: photos and fashion reportages that were published on the most important international fashion magazines, as well as photos inspired by classical mythology, all made with the use of multiple techniques. Some unpublished shots will also be shown.
Miyake Issey Exhibition: The Work of Miyake Issey. National Art Centre, Tokyo , March 16 – June 13, 2016
The great Japanese designer Miyake Issey reveals all the secrets behind his success, starting from the the early days of his career in 1973, the year he first introduced his collection in Paris.
Game Changers: Reinventing the 20th Century Silhouette. Mode Museum, Anversa March 18 – August 14 2016
What is this exhibition about, you ask? It’s simply about how women’s ideal silhouettes changed throughout the 20th century: this story is told by showcasing unique dresses, some of which are very rare.
SO FAR, SO GOUDE EXHIBITION by Jean-Paul Goude, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milano. April 16 – June 19 2016
The great photographer’s Jean-Paul Goude’s best professional moments will be reminisced in this exhibition, sponsored by Tod’s. Goude is an artist, a visionary and a film director, or better still an artisan, as he likes to define himself, and as he wants to be called. There will be 230 photos on display, illustrating his unmistakable talent.
Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems. ArtScience Museum, Singapore. From April 23 to August 14 2016.
In collaboration with the French National Museum of Natural History, this exhibition brings together 400 pieces of jewelry carefully selected from the Heritage Collection. An interesting opportunity to explore the world of jewelry and the nature’s processes involved in the creation of minerals and gems.