• Saruta Chaochavanil for POLYCHROME

Top 5 Stylish Exhibits that aren't at the MET

We all know that New York's The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts one of the fashion world's most anticipated shows each year. Many designers from around the globe make the pilgrimage to see the lavish show and take in the the other marvelous works that the museum is home to.

That being said, what other inspiring exhibits can we look forward to in the next couple of months?

Look no further - here's our handpicked list of the Top 5 exhibits to feed your creative mind.

These Fashion Exhibits will leave you inspired

1. Musée des Arts Décoratifs - Margiela: The Hermès Years (22 Mar - 2 Sep 18, 2018)

The exhibition is a tribute to Belgian designer, Martin Margiela, and his challenging position as Creative Director for the French luxury house, Hermès, spanning 1997 to 2003. This interesting because, in contrast with Hermès brand's identity that offers classic women’s ready-to-wear, Margiela's artistic direction has always pushed boundaries with daring designs and mostly avant-garde concepts. However, when working at Hermès, Margiela seamlessly merged those two distinct styles together in a way that really succeeded in driving sales. He introduced a new perception of clothes -- garments that can be worn in many different ways. His vision and passion is so authentic that it could be translated into any label and it would still be unmistakably Margiela. With pieces from his twelve collections for the house of Hermès on display, you will definitely see why his innovative designs exposed the heritage brand to a whole new audience.

Martin Margiela for Hermes

2. London’s Design Museum - Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier (10 May - 7 Oct 18, 2018)

Known for his groundbreaking vision and superior craftsmanship, designer Azzedine Alaïa was among the most influential couturiers of all time. Alaïa was a true artist and perfectionist who abandoned the traditional fashion show schedule because he designed everything directly on the body and each garment needed to be constructed by hand taking up to five years to finish. The exhibition will celebrate the extraordinary career of the late designer, who passed away on Nov18, 2017. There are more than sixty pieces and iconic garments spanning the designer’s remarkable career. Visitors can view his own cutting patterns, as well as get a close look at his masterful draping techniques and signature body-sculpting designs. It’s a unique chance to absorb his passionate energy for fashion.

“My obsession is to make women beautiful. When you create with that in mind, things can’t go out of fashion.”

-- Azzedine Alaïa