Favorite Fashion Exhibits for Your Summer Travel

If your summer travels already are taking you to one of the world’s fashion capitals, then try hitting some of our favorite museum fashion exhibits. These are sure to intrigue and educate the fashion lover inside all of us.

Happy fashion globetrotting from purplemaroon!



Musée des Arts décoratifs

[photo credit: Les Art Décoratifs, Paris / Photo: Jean Tholance]

Paris, France

Musée des Arts décoratifs

April 7 – August 14, 2016


For those lovers of fashion that enjoy a trip through time, this exhibit showcases three Centuries (1715-2016) of fashion history. This “Fashion Forward exhibit will bring together 300 items of men’s, women’s and children’s fashion from the 18th century to today. The items are selected from the museum’s collections to provide a novel chronological overview.” #FashionForward_AD



Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology

[photo credit:  Wedding ensemble (back view), autumn/winter 2014–15 haute couture. Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection. Photograph Nicholas Alan Cope]

New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art

May 5, 2016 - August 16, 2016

Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology

This exhibition from The Costume Institute, through more than 1000 ensembles dating from 1880 to 2015, explores the impact of new technology on fashion. It showcases "how designers are reconciling the handmade (manus) and the machine-made (machina) in haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear" fashion.  #ManusxMachina



Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse

[photo credit: Exhibition installation photo, “Organic, recycled, off the grid: Fashion ethics of Christina Kim,” University of Bologna, Italy, 2008. Photo: Mark Schooley]

New York

Smithsonian Design Museum

September 23, 2016 – April 16, 2017

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse

Fashion sustainability: a topic near and dear to purplemaroon’s heart. This exhibit offers creative, alternate approaches to textile waste. It “will explore key facets of sustainability, such as the efficient use of materials and resources, the preservation of local craft traditions and the integration of new technologies in the recycling process.”



Across Art and Fashion Across Art and Fashion

[photo credits: Salvatore Ferragamo, Tirassegno, 1958, suede pump with kid appliqués with a target-shooting motif; Kenneth Noland, Untitled, 1958, acrylic on canvas (Courtesy Museo Salvatore Ferragamo; Galleria Fumagalli, Milan)]

Florence, Italy

Uffizi Gallery

Begins in May and ending time varies per location

Across Art and Fashion

This exhibit explores Art Versus Fashion in 5 different Museums simultaneously.
It “aims to be a wide-ranging reflection on art and fashion across various cultural institutions, by drawing on different museum collections to analyze how art and fashion overlap, contaminate and collaborate with each other.”



 The Vulgar

[photo credit: Picture credits © Walter van Beirendonck, Fall/Winter 2010/2011. Hat: Stephen Jones © Ronald Stoops

London, England

Barbican Art Gallery

Oct 13, 2016 – Feb 5, 2017

The Vulgar

As fashion can often cross boundaries, this exhibit at the Barbican Art Gallery in London seeks to answer the question: “What is it that makes something vulgar?”  Discover fashion from the renaissance to the present, which just might answer this question for you. 



Oscar de la Renta

[photo credit: Dresses from the garden section of the de Young exhibit. Photo: Drew Alter Photography]

If your summer plans don't have you traveling far (or for those fortunate enough to come to our windy city), be sure to see the current exhibit at the de Young Museum right here in San Francisco.  

San Fransico

de Young Museum

March 12 - May 30, 2016

Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective

This exhibit is a world premier retrospective look at Oscar de la Renta’s career and works. Including more than 130 garments, the exhibit is “organized into several thematic sections: early work; Spanish, Eastern, Russian and garden influences; daywear and eveningwear; and ball gowns and red carpet ensembles.” @deyoungmuseum #OscardelaRenta

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