Fashion & Beauty

Must-See Fall Fashion Exhibits

October 28, 2016 – April 16, 2017

Offering creative, alternative approaches to confronting textile waste, Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum presents the work of three designers who put sustainability at the heart of the design process: Luisa Cevese, founder of Riedzioni in Milan; Christina Kim, founder of dosa, inc., in Los Angeles; and Reiko Sudo, managing director at NUNO in Tokyo. Each designer’s practice involves innovative and sophisticated reuse of textile materials and resources, while engaging in preservation of local craft traditions. Through more than forty works, the exhibition explores 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.


October 11, 2016 – January 8, 2017

The Seattle Art Museum presents Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style, showcasing highlights from the legendary designer’s 44-year career. Drawn from the collection of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, the exhibition features a selection of over 100 haute couture and SAINT LAURENT rive gauche garments, as well as many accessories, photographs, drawings, films, and other multimedia elements from the Foundation’s vast archive.

In 1962, Yves Saint Laurent’s first show under his own name opened with a navy blue wool pea coat paired with a white shantung pant. Though the ensemble may seem relatively commonplace today, this look was a manifesto for his entire body of work. With the introduction of garments borrowed from menswear such as the trench coat, the tuxedo, the safari jacket, and the pantsuit, Yves Saint Laurent helped redefine the world of women’s fashion.


okuma_300dpi_web“Boots,” Jamie Okuma (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock, 1977 – ) Glass beads on boots designed by Christian Loubouti 2013-14. Photo courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum.


October 2, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Native Fashion Now at the Philbrook Museum of Art is the first major exhibit to examine the current movement among native fashion designers and artists, who are creating works of haute couture, as well as everyday wearable art that reflects the diverse cultures and aesthetics of native peoples.

As Karen Kramer, curator of Native American Art and Culture at the Peabody Essex Museum, which created the show, writes in the exhibit’s catalogue, the idea for this show is to “(immerse) us in Native fashion today — its concerns, modes of expression, and efforts to create meaning through fashion.”

Visitors are invited to explore the rich and surprising realm of contemporary Native fashion. The exhibition begins with the collaborations of Cherokee designer Lloyd Kiva New and Hopi jeweler Charles Loloma in the 1960s and ‘70s which set the stage for work being created by Native artists today. From the sleek black-and-white designs of Virgil Ortiz to the outrageous beaded boots by Jamie Okuma, Native artists are inspired by the past but making pieces for the here and now.




October 22, 2016 – August 20, 2017

Making Mainbocher: The First American Couturier at the Chicago History Museum: By all accounts, Chicago-born Mainbocher (full name Main Rousseau Bocher) should not have prospered as a high-end fashion designer. He had little formal training, opened his salon following the economic crash of 1929, and was an American working in the tightly regulated business of French dressmaking. His journey was long and complex. It saw him take on the roles of artist, musician, fashion illustrator, magazine editor, and dressmaker—each supporting his mastery of the next—each a step toward becoming the first American couturier.

He established a fashion house serving royalty, Hollywood, and the social elite. He was the first American to work as a couturier in Paris. He was known for short evening dresses and bejeweled sweaters; he also designed the Duchess of Windsor’s wedding dress in 1937, and had a hand in reviving the corset. Featuring thirty garments, fashion illustrations, and photography, this exhibition explores the life and legacy of a remarkable man and his journey to become the first American couturier.



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