Planning a vacation will be easier if you know that a large-scale menswear exhibition opened in Florence, and the first exhibition dedicated to Virgil Abloh is opening its doors in Chicago. Here are the best fashion exhibitions you can’t afford to miss.
Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech”, Chicago
WHEN: 10 June – 22 September 2019
Figures of Speech is the first museum exhibition devoted to the work of the genre-bending artist and designer Virgil Abloh (American, b. 1980). Abloh pioneers a practice that cuts across media and connects visual artists, musicians, graphic designers, fashion designers, and architects.
Abloh cultivated an interest in design and music at an early age, finding inspiration in the urban culture of Chicago. While pursuing a master’s degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, he connected with Kanye West and joined West’s creative team to work on album covers, concert designs, and merchandising. In 2013, Abloh founded his stand-alone fashion brand Off-White™ in Milan, Italy, and in 2018 assumed the position of Men’s Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton.
Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion, New York
WHEN: 5 June 2019 – 5 January 2020
This is the first New York retrospective in forty years to focus on the legendary couturier. The exhibition presents over 170 objects drawn from his atelier and archive, including historical and contemporary haute couture, prêt-à-porter, trademark accessories, “couture” furniture, lighting, fashion sketches, personal photographs, and excerpts from television, documentaries, and feature films.
Highlights of the exhibition include rare designs in luxury fabrics from the 1950s; a large grouping from the landmark 1964 “Cosmocorps” collection, which sought to streamline menswear by eliminating excessive detailing; creations that incorporate vinyl, plastics, and the self-named Cardine synthetic fabric; signature unisex ensembles featuring full knit bodysuits with layered skirts, vests, bibs, and jewellery; iconic broad-shouldered jackets from the 1980s based on Japanese origami, Chinese architecture, and American football uniforms; “illuminated” jumpsuits and dresses; recent couture eveningwear; and an extensive overview of Cardin’s recently designed couture menswear.
A short novel on men’s fashion, Florence
WHEN: 11 June – 29 September 2019
On the occasion of Pitti Uomo n.96 (Florence, 11-14 June 2019), the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery presents ROMANZO BREVE DI MODA MASCHILE – A SHORT NOVEL ON MEN’S FASHION, an exhibit showcasing thirty years of menswear from 1989 to the present as seen through the eyes of Pitti Uomo. Passing through the halls of the Palazzo Pitti Museo della Moda e del Costume one by one, Olivier Saillard will recount the history and evolution of menswear, the intersection of Made in Italy with guest designers, and the fashion talents from the international contemporary scene together with the experiences of leading menswear entrepreneurs. The project is dedicated to the memory of Marco Rivetti, President of Pitti Immagine from 1987 to 1995.
“Many of the men, but also the women, who transformed men’s clothing into creative works have passed through Florence,” says curator Olivier Saillard. “In constantly changing settings, classic or bold, and hand-in-hand with the city of Florence and its prestigious locations, these creators of fashion were able to conceive the most over-the-top fashion shows to best serve their collections.”
Haus of Gaga, Las Vegas
WHEN: until 8th of November 2019
Lady Gaga’s Haus of Gaga exhibition has officially opened in Las Vegas, displaying some of the most idiosyncratic outfits worn by the star over the past decade.
Held at the Park MGM hotel, the location of Gaga’s two-year Las Vegas residency, the exhibition features 40 items of clothing and accessories previously stored in the singer’s personal archive.
These include Gaga’s infamous meat dress, which she wore at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards; the celestial Armani Privé creation she wore to the 2010 Grammy Awards; and the silver beaded Atelier Versace bodysuit she wore for her performance at the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show.
Which one of these fashion exhibitions will you be going to this summer?
Text: Irina Gorskaia
Images: Fondazione Pitti Immagine, Vogue