Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, V&A, London. 27th May 2017 – 18th February 2018
This first UK exhibition to feature Balenciaga explores the unique way in which he made his pieces, and marks the centenary of this first store opening. With over 100 garments and 20 hats on display, the exhibition will take you through three areas: ‘Front of House,’ ‘Workrooms’ and ‘Balenciaga’s Legacy’ with the latter showcasing pieces from 30 different designers who have been influenced by the iconic man.
Highlights include ensembles made for actress Ava Gardner, 1960s fashion icon Gloria Guinness and one of the world’s wealthiest women, Mona von Bismarck.
The World of Anna Sui, Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 26th May – 1st October 2017
Featuring everything from the Carnaby Street schoolgirl outfits worn by Naomi Campbell to the cheerleader and cowboy outfits modelled this year by the Hadid sisters, this exhibition is the first full retrospective to come to the UK.
Born in Detroit, Anna Sui joined the New York’s cultural underground at a pivotal time, allowing her to forge important relationships that would take her creative vision to the mass.
House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. 27th August – 7th November 2017
To celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior, the NGV will host over 140 garments of Christian Dior Couture as well as sketches, accessories and archival material.
Highlights of the exhibition include pieces from the iconic 1947 ‘New Look’ collection, signature ball gowns, and contemporary pieces from the House’s first female designer, Maria Garzia Chiuri.
Diana: Her Fashion Story, Kensington Palace, London. February 2017- 2018
Twenty years after her death Kensington Palace is showcasing Diana’s fashion evolution. From the demure outfits of her early royal engagements to the more confident and glamorous later life. This exhibition explores how Diana used her image and tremendous media attention to inspire and bring awareness to the causes she cared for.
YSL Museum, Paris and Marrakesh. October 2017
So this is less of an exhibition and more of the opening of what, I imagine, will be two amazing museums.
The Musee Yves Saint Laurent Paris will be hosted in the historic couture house, 5 avenue Marceau, while the Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakesh will be located close to Jardin Majorelle and designed by architects Studio KO.
Both locations will feature works from the designer. However, their differences will come from the actual buildings themselves. The Paris venue takes you through the salons and the studio giving you a feel for how the couture house ran. The Marrakesh Museum boasts a restaurant, cafe, research library and auditorium giving it greater scope for exhibitions outside of YSL.
House Style, Chatsworth House, UK. 25th March – 22nd October 2017
The combined genius of Hamish Bowels (Editor-at-large, American Vogue), Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda, House Style demonstrates the power of fashion through the centuries.
Members of the Cavendish family (a British noble family) are brought to life through their extensive fashion and jewellery collections. Notable highlights include Bess of Hardwick, one of the most powerful women of the 16th century; 18th century ‘Empress of Fashion’ Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire; Adele Astaire, sister of Fred Astaire and the Mitford Sisters, Deborah Devonshire and Nancy Mitford. John F. Kennedy’s sister ‘Kick’ will also play a special role in the exhibition.
Items: Is Fashion Modern? MoMA, Manhattan. 1st October 2017 – 28th January 2018
Consuming the entire 6th floor of this iconic museum, Items: Is Fashion Modern? explores the relationship between clothing and pretty much everything from functionality to politics. Using 111 popular items (Levi’s 501, Hermes Birkin, dashiki, etc.) the exhibitions shows how a simple item, such as a white t-shirt, can impact society and remain modern through the centuries.
Artists, designers, scientists, engineers, and manufacturers will be invited to look through the collection and apply new technology and designs to the pieces, thus taking them further into the future.