Fashion Exhibitions 2019: Fashion Lovers Summer Guide

We’ve rounded up the best fashion exhibitions for the summer of 2019 from around the world. These stunning celebrations of fashion are sure to delight and inspire fashion, art, and design lovers from across the globe. So be sure to add them to your calendar now!


“Camp: Notes on Fashion”

Fashion Exhibitions 2019: “Camp: Notes on Fashion”
Camp: Notes on Fashion Exhibition
Source: Photo via @metmuseum

This exhibition is curated by Andrew Bolton around Susan Sontag’s 1954 essay “Notes on Camp”. The essay, and in turn the Costume Institute’s exhibition, examines how the elements of “irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality and exaggeration are expressed in fashion”, writes The Met.

The main goal of this exhibition is to explore the mainstream culture and every creative aspect within its roots. It presents over 250 objects and not just from fashion. The exhibit includes womenswear and menswear, sculptures, paintings, and drawings from the 17th-century to the present.

When: May 9 until September 8, 2019

Where: The Met Fifth Avenue Location, New York, NY USA

“Gender Bending Fashion”

Fashion Exhibitions 2019: "Gender Bending Fashion"
Gender Bending Fashion Exhibition
Source: Photo via @mfaboston

This exhibition looks across a century of haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion that has challenged the definitions of dress. It features more than 60 unbeliveble designs, presenting the work of some of the most iconic designers—including Rad Hourani, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Palomo, and Rei Kawakubo—in the context of historical trends like the garçonne look of the 1920s and the peacock revolution of the 1960s.

When: March 21 until August 25, 2019

Where: The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA USA

“Minimalism/Maximalism: Fashion Extremes”

Fashion Exhibitions 2019: "Minimalism/Maximalism: Fashion Extremes"
Minimalism/Maximalism Exhibition
Source: Photo via @museumatfit

Minimalism/Maximalism the first exhibition devoted to the historical interplay of minimalist and maximalist aesthetics as expressed through high fashion.

Minimalism — the aesthetic of “less is more” — celebrates purity and restraint, promoting qualities such as truth, order, and harmony. Maximalism revels in spectacle. Its beauty lies in excess and eclecticism.

When: May 28 until November 16, 2019

Where: The Museum at FIT, New York, NY USA

“Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech”  

Fashion Exhibitions 2019:  "Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech"
Figures of Speech Exhibition
Source: Photo via @virgiliabloh

Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech” is the first museum exhibition devoted to the work of Virgil Abloh, who’s known for Off-White – the first luxury fashion brand designed and owned by an African American. Abloh’s work celebrates the street fashion and high culture as something fresh and new.

The exhibition will also feature the artist’s work in other ways, including furniture design, graphic design work, architectural interventions and other collaborative projects.

When: June 10 to September 22, 2019

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL USA

“Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams”

Fashion Exhibitions 2019: "Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams"
Christian Dior Exhibition – Ballroom Section
Source: Photo by Adrien Dirand / V&A

Designed by fashion and textiles curator Oriole Cullen and set designer Nathalie Crinière, the exhibition touches on several themes of Dior, bringing them to life in 11 distinct sections encompassing Christian Dior’s life, Maison Dior’s most famous pieces, and inspirations. The exhibition also pays homage to the longstanding themes that have inspired House of Dior from the era of Christian himself up until now.

When: From now until September 1, 2019

Where: Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

“Behind the Scenes: The Art of Haute Couture”

“Mary Quant”

Fashion Exhibitions 2019: Mary Quant at the Victoria & Albert Musuem
Mary Quant Exhibition
Source: Photo via maryquant_official

This exhibition explores how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over 200 garments and accessories, including previously unseen pieces from the designer’s personal archive. The exhibition it will also look at her collaborations with manufacturers, diversifying into underwear, and cosmetics, all made to her designs and packaged with her distinctive daisy logo.

When: From now until February 16, 2020

Where: Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

“Bob Krieger. Living through Fashion ’60, ’70, ’80, ’90”

Bob Krieger has marked the beginning of a new era in the world of international fashion. He is known by shooting the photographic campaigns of some of the most relevant Italian designers from over 30 years. As the name suggests, this exhibition is an ideal journey through the history of Italian fashion and costume from the 60s to the 90s, reflecting the evolution of the society though over 40 years.

When: March 8 until June 30, 2019

Where: Palazzo Morando, Milan, Italy

“Back Side / Dos à la mode”

Kim Inslinski par Jeanloup Sieff, top et jupe Martine Sitbon, New York, 1997. 
© Estate of Jeanloup Sieff
Source: Courtesy of Palais Galliera
Kim Inslinski par Jeanloup Sieff, top et jupe Martine Sitbon, New York, 1997.
© Estate of Jeanloup Sieff
Source: Courtesy of Palais Galliera

The summer exhibition of the Palais Galliera held outside of the museum and at the Musée Bourdelle focuses on ‘Dos à la mode’. The exhibition questions our perception of our backs and those of others going from backpacks to the sensuality of a décolleté or the constraints of a closure. It proposes a thematic course of a hundred silhouettes and accessories from the 18th century to the present day from Galliera’s collections. In addition, This set is complemented by a selection of film clips and photographs.

When: July 5 until November 17, 2019

Where: Musée Bourdelle, Paris, France

“Dior: from Paris to the World”

Fashion Exhibitions: Dior: From Paris to the World
Dior: From Paris to the World Exhibition
Source: Photo © James Florio / Courtesy of DMA

With more than 70 years of legacy, this exhibition explores the history and founding principles of Dior. It features a selection of more than a hundred couture dresses, accessories, jewelry, photographs, original sketches, runway videos and other materials that trace the history of the iconic fashion house. In addition, this exhibition features dresses that were designed in partnership with Dior, including Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri, who helps carry Dior’s vision into the 21st century.

When: May 19 until September 1, 2019

Where: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX USA

Words by Rita Archer

floor screen with brass butterflies by koket

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