Why look at stuffy old paintings when you can experience the beauty and history of fashion as art? From Dali in Florida to Dior in Paris, these five museum-quality exhibitions, all on display until early 2018, are a must-see for any cultured fashionista.
“Dali & Schiaparelli,” at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, explores the relationship between Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dali who collaborated on a number of Surrealist projects. The exhibit includes gowns, jewelry and also paintings. General admission is $24, with discounts for seniors, military, students, and children. Through January 14, 2018.
Louis Vuitton presents “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” at the American Stock Exchange Building in New York City. The exhibit follows Louis Vuitton’s path to becoming an icon of luxury and a favorite of nobility, the French upper class and notable American families like the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts. Admission is free. Through January 7, 2018.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston hosts an exhibition dedicated to the late, great Oscar de la Renta. Seventy of his most well known designs, dating from the 1960’s until his passing in 2014 are featured along with photographs and original sketches. Admission varies and runs from free for members and children to $25 for adult admission. “The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta” runs through January 28, 2018.
“Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion,” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, examines the work and legacy of innovative, influential Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga. With over 100 looks to explore, the exhibition runs through February 18, 2018. Admission is 12 £.
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris commemorates the 70th anniversary of the House of Dior with “Christian Dior, Couturier du rêve,” with a large-scale exhibition, including over 300 gowns along with photographs, artwork, illustrations and more. On display through January 7, 2018, admission is 13 €.