Four fashionable exhibitions this year
If last year creations by designers such as Christian Dior, Mary Quant and even Virgil Abloh appeared in the galleries of important museums across the globe, this month it is the originality of one-of-a-kind artists and of historical clothing that is making space for itself in the museums of capitals such as London, Paris, New York and Madrid.
1 DAVID DELFÍN / Exhibitions on fashion in Madrid, until 10 May
The Sala Canal de Isabel II in the Region of Madrid is hosting a retrospective on the late designer David Delfín, who would have turned 50 this year, with 20 years as an active designer. The exhibition covers his career from Sans Titre (1999) – his first collection – to the controversial Cour des Miracles (2003).
Entrance to the exhibition on David Delfín is free of charge and opening hours are from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 8.30pm and Sunday from 11am to 2pm, Easter week included. It closes on 1 May.
2 CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN / Exhibitions on fashion in Paris, until 26 July
The Palais de la Porte Dorée has organised the largest presentation to date on the work and creativity of Christian Louboutin, a tour of the uber rich universe of the shoemaker who has become a reference for fashion history. Visitors will be able to learn about his many cultural influences, as well as his collaborations with artisans of different crafts (fine-metal workers, glass makers, fine woodworkers...) and with artists such as David Lynch, Lisa Reihana and Blanca Li.
Tickets can be purchased online. They costs €12 and are also good for the entire museum and the Paris Aquarium. Opening hours for the Christian Louboutin exhibition are from Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am to 7.00pm.
3 KIMONO / Exhibitions on fashion in London, until 2 June
The Japanese garment that has been the most popular as a fashion and status icon since the 17th century – as well as a cultural symbol – is the star of Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk exhibition at the V&A Museum. In addition to a spectacular collection of these garments made in Japan, the exhibition includes pieces created by designers such as Alexander McQueen, and even Star Wars costumes inspired by kimonos.
Tickets cost from 16 to 18 pound and may be purchased online. The V&A Museum opens every day from 10.00am to 5:45pm and Friday until 10.00 pm.
4 BALLET / Exhibitions on fashion in New York, until 18 April
Over 80 pieces tell of the influence of classical ballet on fashion and the character of the ballerina as a classic figure of beauty and glamour in the exhibition Ballerina: Fashion´s Modern Muse. The exhibition – at New York’s Museum at FIT – features exercise clothing, tutu-inspired couture gowns and pop versions of traditional tights, along with creations by Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain, among others.
Entrance to New York’s FIT is free of charge; it is open from Tuesday to Friday from noon to 8:00pm and Saturday from 10.00am to 5.00pm.