The best museum shows of 2015’s | It’s all about haute couture..

At The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute the exhibit “China: Through the Looking Glass” has become the best attended show ever.

The show, which opened in May and has seen its run extended by three weeks through September 7 in light of its success, beat the previous record holder, the 2011 show “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” over the weekend when it surpassed 670,000 visitors.

Taking up 30,000 square feet of space across 16 separate galleries in the Museum’s Chinese and Egyptian Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center, the show is The Costume Institute’s largest special exhibition yet. It explores how Chinese aesthetics have influenced Western fashion for centuries by juxtaposing haute couture with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery. Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Chanel and Christian Dior are just some of the houses represented at the show.


Museum of Immigration History

Now until May 31, 2015

A major exhibition in partnership with the Palais Galliera, which highlights the important contributions made by foreign designers to French fashion over the last century and underlines the diversity that typifies the French fashion school.



Design Museum

Now until April 16, 2015

An exhibition that examines how women — be they from the spheres of politics, culture, business or fashion — use different approaches to dress to make statements about their status and personalities.





Fashion Museum

January 31, 2015 = January 1, 2016

The history of fashion is sign-posted by an handful of designers whose work has shaped the look of their generation. With 20 outfits, primarily glamorous evening gowns, this exhibition aims to showcase the crème de la crème of 20th-century fashion with works by Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Lanvin, Schiaparelli and Vionnet, to name a few



February 6 – April 18, 2015

A curatorial exploration that analyses the contributions of the two influential designer to fashion in the 1970s, when at the height of their careers they both crafted a new chic that became synonymous with the glamorous lifestyle of the decade.



Les Arts Decoratifs

February 10-July 19, 2015

An opportunity to discover fashion and savoir-fair of various craftsmen (ceramist, glass makers, embroiderers) through 3,000 buttons, dating from the 18th to 20th century.  The exhibition will also look how designer are using the simple button to transform it into a fashion accessory, underlying and structuring a silhouette



MoMu Fashion Museum

Feb 13 – July 18, 2015

An exhibition that offers insight into the famed Belgium designe’s creative world and his many art sources of inspiration.




Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)

March 3 – April 4, 2015

A celebration of the star’s unique style with outfits she wore in the 1960s and 1970s, including pieces by Marc Bohan, Pierre Cardin, Norman Norell, Yves Saint Laurent, and Emanuel Ungaro.



Palais Galleria City of Paris Fashion Museum

March 8-August 23, 2015

A retrospective dedicated to Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946), the designer who started the celebrated house of Lanvin, today a cult favorite thanks to its current artistic director Alber Elbaz. Having first started with a millinery shop, Lanvin moved onto children’s clothes before making dresses for their mothers. In the 1920s, she expanded to home décor, menswear, furs and lingerie, launching her signature fragrance, Arpège, in 1927.




March 14 – July 19, 2015

The “savage” quality of Lee Alexander McQueen’s earlier designs will come into better focus at the London leg of this momentous exhibition, which will be “edited and expanded” to feature 30 additional garments, as well as a new section that explores the late designer’s early and often controversial shows from the 1990s.

Model in Balenciaga Floral Gown and Wrap


April 18 – August 31, 2015

An exhibition that presents many creations by the celebrated designer, all using lace, offering the opportunity to discover also the craftsmanship of Marescot, Dognin, Brivet, famous name in the lace industry.


The MEt


The Metropolitan Museum of Art

May 7 to August 16, 2015

How China has fuelled the creative imagination of designers all over the world from Paul Poiret and Christian Dior to Yves Saint Laurent and John Galliano, resulting in layers of cultural translations, re-translations, and, of course, mistranslations.

The exhibition will showcase haute couture pieces alongside traditional Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, as well as other Chinese art and films.




June 13, 2015 –January 31, 2016

An exhibition looking at extreme footwear ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers.




Les Arts Decoratifs

September 19, 2015, February 14, 2016

Celebrating Korean fashion and its sources of inspiration.




High Museum of Art

November 2015 through May 2016

An exhibition celebrating the highly sculptural works of the cutting-edge Dutch fashion designer, who was the first to successfully embrace 3D-printed fashion. The retrospective will cover 15 collections from 2008-2015, all displayed on custom mannequins and accompanied by music and videos from her multimedia runway shows for a full-on visual and visceral immersion.




Peabody Essex Museum

December 5, 2015 – March 6, 2016

From vibrant street clothing to exquisite haute couture, this exhibition will celebrate the visual range, creative expression and political nuance of Native American fashion, and also examined how non-Native designers adopt and translate traditional Native American design motifs in their own work, including Isaac Mizrahi’s now iconic Totem Pole Dress.

The UK is also currently hosting “Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal,” a look at the famous French fashion designer’s vision and its lasting influence on modern womenswear featuring 50 of his most iconic garments, including rare pieces from his time at Dior. The exhibition runs at the Bowes Museum through October 25.

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