You can’t know fashion without knowing the iconic and glamorous work (and subjects) of renowned photographer Mario Testino. A regular contributor to Vogue and Vanity Fair, this fashion and portrait photographer is putting 122 of his larger-than-life images on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in an exhibition entitled “Mario Testino: In Your Face.” READ MORE
Sean Connery as James Bond in "Dr. No."
When it comes to high style in films, the Bond series has a major glamour factor. Between 007′s sexy suits, high tech gadgets and fashionable leading ladies, this iconic movie brand oozes style. To mark this franchise’s 50-year anniversary, The Barbican in London is showcasing a retrospective entitled Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style, starting with 1962′s Dr. No all the way to this year’s Skyfall.
The exhibition will explore the craft behind the screen icons from the villains to the costumes and sets, as well as special effects, stunts and props.
Other highlights include the gadgets and weapons made for Bond, as well as the artwork for the sets and the costume designs. Pieces from major fashion designers and Hollywood costume designers will also be on display too, from such names as Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford, Oscar de la Renta, Philip Treacy and Miuccia Prada. READ MORE
One activity that tops our vacation to-do list is a trip to the museum. We love exploring new and old favourites like NYC’s MET, The Art Institute of Chicago or even the close-to-home AGO. But the ultimate city for museum hopping has to be Paris. From the world-renowned Louvre, to the Musée Rodin, beautifully housed in a mansion fit for a king, you’ll find 204 museums in this city clearly in love with art. With the Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs exhibit now on at the museum of Les Arts Décoratifs, there’s even more of a reason to start planning a trip. Not sure what to wear during your gallery visits? We pick chic and wearable pieces to complete your ensemble. READ MORE
Pieces from the Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective exhibition. Photography courtesy A. Guirkinger.
We can’t say no to a great museum exhibition, especially if it’s fashion-related. On our list for 2012 is the Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective coming to the Denver Art Museum. On from March 25 – July 8, 2012, this will be the exhibition’s only U.S. showing after it already appeared in Paris and Madrid. The retrospective covers 40 years of YSL including a selection of 200 gorgeous haute couture outfits (including the ones pictured above), photographs, drawings and films. READ MORE
A look from Prada's Spring 2012 collection.
Planning to be in Paris over the next couple days? If so, may we suggest popping into Prada’s newest venture — a 24-hour pop-up museum. Designed by Milan-based artist Francesco Vezzoli and Rem Koolhaas’ think tank AMO, the museum opens tomorrow, Tuesday January 24, 2012 at the Palais d’Iéna in Paris and closes Wednesday, January 25 at 8:30 p.m. READ MORE
An ensemble by Thom Browne.
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is set to be the first museum to celebrate the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) with IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA. Running from February 10 until April 20, 2012, this special exhibition will feature about 100 garments and accessories designed by some of the CFDA’s most successful creators of the last 50 years including Halston, Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, Tom Ford, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Rodarte and Proenza Schouler, to name just a few. The exhibition will be arranged thematically, highlighting everything from sportswear to couture evening-wear. Another part of the exhibition will be visual images and acknowledgements of nearly 600 designers who have been members. A selection of designers have also been asked to present a single object or ensemble they think best represents his or her impact on the fashion world.
Another bonus to this exhibition is the visually stunning companion book, which will include more than 500 photographs, documenting the CFDA’s evolution to their educational programs and awards ceremonies. Can’t wait? You can pre-order the book now on Amazon.
Find out more about the exhibition at FIT.
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street
New York City 10001-5992
A Louis Vuitton ad campaign
Earlier this week we heard rumblings that a Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs exhibit would be coming to Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris and we’re happy to report that the rumours are in fact true! The exhibit is set to run March 6, 2012 until September 16, 2012, which is perfect timing for those in Paris for Fashion Week (as that goes from February 28 until March 7). The exhibition is set to be more of an analysis than a retrospective, highlighting both Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs, who has been the creative director of the brand since 1997 and the contributions they’ve made to the fashion world. We can bet this will be a must-see once it opens. We can’t wait!
Where to Find:
Les Arts Décoratifs
101, rue de Rivoli
Photography courtesy MOCA
On now until June 5, 2011 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is the exhibition Rodarte: States of Matter, which showcases the fashion and costume work of designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte. Bursting onto the scene in 2005, the duo has seen much success since their inception, including a strong celebrity following with support from red carpet scene stealers like Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon and Cate Blanchett. Most recently the pair designed the ballet costumes seen in the Oscar-nominated movie Black Swan, which are included in this exhibit. READ MORE
Starting today, December 10, until January 12, Bulgari will be showcasing more than 500 precious items at the Grand Palais in Paris. This special exhibition comes after the highly successful showing in Rome last year. The retrospective highlights key moments in the history of the celebrated jewellery maker and the development of Bulgari design starting with the opening of the first boutique in Rome’s Via Sistina in 1884 to the present day. READ MORE
If you’re lover of all things Lancôme, and photography, then you will want to mark this exhibit on your travel calendar. The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid is showcasing the stunning work of Peruvian photographer Mario Testino — who since 2009 has put his creative and artistic touches on Lancôme’s campaigns. Testino is known for some of the most iconic images of women around the world — from the stunning portraits of Princess Di, to countless Kate Moss fashion spreads and Angelina Jolie’s St. John campaign. The exhibit, which includes 50 photographs (running from September 21, 2010 through January 9, 2011), shows Testino’s ability to capture the sensual, delicate and feminine side of women. From models like Daria Werbowy to celebrities and actresses, the exhibit is a beautiful portrait of the Testino woman. Be sure to check out the never-before-seen images of Kate Winslet and images from Vogue, Vanity Fair, V Magazine, Allure and The Face. As if warm and sunny weather, culture and food wasn’t enough to entice you to go to Madrid — this exhibit should definitely help.
Visit museothyssen.org for more details.