Summer Exhibition Recommendations

Whether you are on the west coast, east coast or over in Europe this summer, there are great fashion and costume exhibits to take in!

West Coast:

Reigning Men at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 explores the history of men’s fashionable dress from the eighteenth century to the present and re-examines the all-too-frequent equation of “fashion” with “femininity.”

Exhibition Dates: April 10 – August 21, 2016

Exhibition description and dates came from LACMA’s website.

East Coast: 


All of Everything: Todd Oldham Fashion at the Rhode Island School of Design

Drawn from the Todd Oldham Studio archives, a substantial portion of which was recently donated to the RISD Museum, All of Everything features more than 65 full ensembles—from Oldham’s Swarovski crystal-encrusted feats of craftsmanship to his Pantone non-repeating print designs. Carefully considered details, such as embroidered motifs applied at a 400-year-old handicraft workshop in India, illustrate the designer’s deep interest in all aspects of textile development and the preservation of artisan industries. Oldham’s intensive design process is further revealed through his original artwork, while projections of recently discovered runway video footage activate the gallery space and illustrate the full creative endeavor of his fashion shows—which were among the first to feature African-American and ingénue talents such as Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, and Tyra Banks, among many others.

Exhibition Dates: April 8 – September 11, 2016

Exhibition photo, description, and dates came from RISD Museum’s website.

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology at The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

With more than 150 ensembles dating from the early 20th century to the present, the exhibition will address the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production. It will explore this ongoing dichotomy, in which hand and machine are presented as discordant tools in the creative process, and question the relationship and distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear.

Exhibition Dates: May 5 – August 14, 2016

Exhibition description and dates came from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website.


fashion forward

Fashion Forward: 3 Siecles de Mode (1715-2016) at Les Arts Decoratifs

The ‟Fashion Forward, 3 Centuries of Fashion (1715-2016)” exhibition will bring together 300 items of men’s, women’s and children’s fashion from the 18th century to today, selected from the museum’s collections to provide a novel chronological overview.

Exhibition Dates: April 7 – August 14, 2016

Exhibition photo, description, and dates came from Les Arts Decoratifs’ website.



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