In 1983, the first retrospective on the work of a designer, which was dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent, opened its doors in New York - a major event instigated by Diana Vreeland, the then editor of Harper's Bazaar.
Since then, fashion exhibitions have been major events to watch out for every year (especially the annual MET fashion extravaganza).
The year 2020 is turning to be quite the year of fashion, as museums around the world have planned exhibitions around the subject and we have rounded up nine major showcase that you cannot miss!
from 26th February to 26th July 2020
The exhibition is taking place at the Palais de la Porte Dorée where the star shoemaker will present a global retrospective of his creations. A note to the addicts of the house, book your places quickly because we predict a major turnout for it!
PRADA. FRONT AND BACK
from September 2020
The London exhibition will allow you to explore the whole creative process of the legendary Italian house. This will be a global retrospective that will highlight the journey before and after of Miuccia Prada, who has elevated its House to a veritable empire.
from 20th October 2020 to 4th April 2021
The exhibition on the iconic designer of the 70s is finally arriving in Paris. Hosted at the Museum of Decorative Arts (MAD), you can discover all of the couturier's work: fashion shows, shows, happenings ... literally the best of Mugler.
If the craze is the same as for the Dior exhibition, where it is sold out daily (which we wish them), you need to book your tickets without delay.
RAVISHING: THE ROSE IN FASHION
from 10th September 2020 to 9th January 2021
Anatomy of the rose and its use in haute couture: this is the theme of the exhibit happening in New York in September. If you are passing through the Big Apple, be sure to make a stop at the Museum of Fashion Institute and Technology, where this showcase along with many other exhibitions and conferences are regularly offered.
ABOUT TIME: FASHION DURATION
from 7th May 2020 to 7th September 2020
Theme of the annual Costume Institute's exhibition which traces nearly 150 years of history and creation by exploring the question of temporality and the relation to clothing time is set to happen as per usual - on the first Monday of May onwards. One of the biggest showcase of the MET, this entire program is definitely one not-to-be-missed
BAGS: INSIDE OUT
from 25th April 2020
From the iconic Birkin to the evergreen Speedy and from the classic Lady Dior to Renaissance silk pouches, this exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum explores the style, function and history of our favourite everyday companion, the one for whom many women are ready to die for.
AZZEDINE ALAÏA COLLECTOR
ALAÏA AND BALENCIAGA SHAPE SCULPTORS
from 20th January to 28th June 2020
The foundation of the late great designer opposes the creations of two masters of sewing: Cristóbal Balenciaga and Azzedine Alaïa. Two visions of fashion at two distinct times but one passion, that of magnifying the female silhouette. Immerse in it now at the Association Azzedine Alaïa on 18, rue de la Verrerie in Paris.
KIMONO: KYOTO TO CATWALK
from 29th February 2020
This exhibition explores the history of the kimono, from its importance in traditional Japanese culture to its influence in popular culture - from Madonna to Obi-Wan Kenobi. You can dive headfirst into the elusive garment at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
LITTLE BLACK DRESS
from 26th June to 25th October 2020
In 1926, Coco Chanel created the Little Black Dress and it changed the world. The National Museum of Scotland offers a global retrospective on the dress of all women. From its first versions, ultra-conservative to more adventurous interpretations, you can discover the best of the LBD now in Scotland.
BETTY CATROUX YVES SAINT LAURENT
FEMININE SINGULAR EXHIBITION
from 3rd March to 11th October 2020
Monsieur Saint Laurent first met Betty Catroux at the Parisian nightclub Chez Régine in 1967 and she had been his muse ever since. And this 2020, in light of a major donation Betty Catroux has made to the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris has curated a dedicated exhibiton to celebrate Betty herself.