Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon
National Portrait Gallery, London.
July 2 – October 18, 2015
The National Portrait Gallery is celebrating the life and times of iconic actress, Audrey Hepburn, in a series of photos for their summer exhibition. Charting Hepburn’s early years as a chorus girl in London’s West End right through to her philanthropic work in later life, Portraits of an Icon will document one of the world’s most recognizable stars through a selection of more than sixty images. The exhibition will feature portraits from leading twentieth-century photographers such as Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson and Irving Penn, alongside vintage magazine covers, film stills and an array of archival materials.
Tickets available at the National Portrait Gallery
Karl Lagerfeld, Modemethode
Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn.
Until September 13, 2015
The first comprehensive exhibition to explore Karl Lagerfeld, one of the industry’s most renowned fashion names, situates on German home soil, at the Art and Exhibition Hall in Bonn until September 2015. Studying Lagerfeld’s zeitgeist spanning six decades, Modemethode presents an important chapter of the fashion history of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries through exhibited designs at Balmain, Patou, Fendi, Chloé, Chanel and his own eponymous label. Modemethode or rather Lagerfeld’s ‘fashion method’ charts the designer’s embracing of ready-to-wear in the 1960s to the present Haute Couture of the Chanel house. Including fashion sketches drawn by Lagerfeld himself along with photographs, advertising and a selection of catalogues, Modemethode is an all-encapsulating exhibition of the genius that is Karl Lagerfeld.
Tickets available at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany
China: Through the Looking Glass
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
May 7 – August 16, 2015
Organised by The Costume Institute in collaboration with the Department of Asian Art, China: Through the Looking Glass will serve inspiration for the upcoming Met Gala this May. Drawing on a westernised angle of eastern culture and how China has fueled fashion for centuries past, the Metropolitan Museum of Art explores high fashion with traditional costumes, paintings, porcelains and fine art. From the earliest period of European contact with China in the sixteenth century, the east has informed designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent. The exhibition will feature more than one hundred examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear garments to frame the narrative of the richness of Chinese history.
Tickets available at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Balenciaga, Lace Magician
The International Centre for Lace and Fashion, Calais.
Until August 30, 2015
Recognised as one of the greatest couturiers of the twentieth-century, Cristobal Balenciaga’s creative ingenuity influenced a generations-worth of stylist women. Balenciaga would mentor the likes of Hubert de Givenchy, and influenced Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, André Courrèges and Emanuel Ungaro to name a few. Balenciaga, Lace Magician at the International Centre for Lace and Fashion situated on the shores of Calais, houses a collection of Balenciaga pieces spanning three decades, dating back from the 1930s. The exhibition specifically showcases the craftsmanship of the house through Balenciaga’s lace and embroidery techniques utilised in some of his most extravagant designs.
Tickets available at the International Centre for Lace and Fashion
Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion
High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
November 7 – May 15, 2016
This autumn will mark the arrival of Atlanta’s High Museum of Art exhibition, Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion – the first U.S. museum to present a major exhibition on the work of the visionary Dutch fashion designer. Inspired by the world of science and philosophy, van Herpen isn’t a conventional creative. Her bespoke haute couture designs, acclaimed for their fusion of traditional craft with futuristic techniques such as 3D printing, shed light on the innovation of twenty-first century fashion. Co-organised with the Groninger Musuem in van Herpen’s native Netherlands, the exhibition will have it’s U.S. debut at High before continuing on a North American tour.
Tickets available at the High Museum of Art
Dries Van Noten: Inspirations
MoMu Fashion Museum, Antwerp.
Until July 19, 2015
Arriving from its Paris debut at the Les Arts Décoratifs, Dries Van Noten: Inspirations situates itself in the designer’s hometown of Antwerp for the very first time in his career. Angled from a traditional retrospective, the exhibition explores an intimate journey of the designer’s creative process through an assemblage of historical, pictorial, ethnic, cinematic and geographic references. Outside of Van Noten’s fashion world, the exhibition also illustrates his love of interiors, fine arts and decorations accumulated to showcase the relationship between Van Noten’s distinctive techniques and his stylistic vocabulary.
Tickets available at the MoMu Fashion Museum