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Top 5 Fashion Exhibits to see in 2019

There is no question that 2018 has given us a stand-out year of sensational fashion exhibitions. From The Heavenly Bodies exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Repair & Design Futures exhibit at Rhode Island School of Design and many more, this year’s exhibits have brought insight and inspiration to the fashion and art community. So, what does next year have in store? With 2019 fast approaching, we have the beat on the next wave of fashion exhibits to mark on your calendar.

These Fashion Exhibits will leave you inspired

Images clockwise from top left: Dior and model 1956 via S. magazine | Virgil Abloh via the MET | Mary Quant fabric via Pinterest | Vivienne Westwood menswear SS2018 via Vogue | center and lower left image are Mary Quant via V&A Museum

1. Victoria and Albert Museum - Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams (2 February - 14 July 2019)

This exhibit had been shown recently at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris this year, and is travelling to the UK in what will be the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever staged in there on this esteemed design house. The V&A museum will open to the public the collective work of the House of Dior in February 2019, and the show traces the brand's history from the impact of its namesake couturier to his successors and present-day influence. The exhibit will display over 200 garments alongside personal possessions, accessories, magazines, photography, and more. It will be the museum’s largest exhibition since their 2015 show of Alexander McQueen: Savage in Beauty. The V&A will also feature a unique facet to this exhibit, by showcasing a new section which will explore Christian Dior’s personal relationship with Britain.

Christian Dior with model Sylvie 1948

2. Museum of Fine Arts Boston - Gender Bending Fashion (21 March - 25 August 2019)

With runways, designers, and advocates upending genderfied clothing, this exhibit looks to challenge binary definitions of gender and celebrate creators who are pushing the boundaries of fashion. Featuring more than sixty garments alongside individual narratives and pieces worn by famous influencers such as Marlene Dietrich, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and Young Thug, this exhibit looks to dismantle labels that society has forced us to accept. This show features the work of contemporary designers such as Rad Hourani, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Palomo, and Rei Kawakubo. These pioneers for change take their work into historical context of trends like the garçonne look of the 1920s and the peacock revolution of the 1960s. With the versatile and ever changing conversation of fashion, this exhibit hopes shed light on societal shifts over the past century.

Alessandro Trincone S/S 2017

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