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5 Fashion Exhibitions You Have to Visit This Summer

Who said summer is only for tanning and partying? We mean… it kind of is, but we’re sure you can get tired of that. So, if you don’t know what to do, visit a fashion exhibition! It’s always a good idea to expand your world. We’ve listed our favorite exhibitions for you that will take place this summer.

“The Courtauld Collection: A Vision for Impressionism” – Louis Vuitton

The Courtauld Collection is a gathering of 110 works, including 60 paintings and graphic pieces. Most of these are mainly conserved in the Gourtauld Gallery or in different international public and private collections. The Courtauld Gallery was founded by Samuel Courtauld, an English industrial. With this collection he wanted to show his love for (post)impressionism, so you get to see works from Cézanne, van Gogh, Renoir, Gaugin and Manet. Most of these are French masters, no surprise if you know that Samuel Courtauld had French roots and saw France as his second home. You can also visit a set of ten watercolors from William Turner, owned by the brother of Samuel, Stephen Courtauld.

When: 20 February – 17 June 2019

Where: 8, avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Bois de Boulogne, 75116 Paris


Claude Monet. Antibes, 1888. © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London


Gerhard Richter, 20.2.08, 2008. Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris. © Gerhard Richter 2019

Fondation Louis Vuitton: “The Collection of the Fondation, a New Selection of Works – Vision for Painting – Louis Vuitton

Simultaneously with the previous exhibition, “A vision for Painting” is also exhibited. For the first time ever, Louis Vuitton will present 75 works from the Fondation Louis Vuitton. The collection shows a wide range of 23 international artists from the sixties to the present day. The only thing these works have in common is that they are all paintings. But as you know paintings can take many forms: figurative or abstract, expressive or distanced and so on. Included artist are Mitchell, Katz, Richter, Spalleti and Kususma, they’ll be exhibited in multiple rooms.

When: 20 February – 26 Augustus 2019

Where: 8, avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Bois de Boulogne, 75116 Paris

Camp: Notes on Fashion

One of the most important fashion events of the year is definitely the MET Gala. But the associated Spring exhibition is at least as important, as it inspired the theme of the iconic Gala. As most of you know, this year’s theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion”, influenced by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on Camp”. This exhibition will explore the influence of camp aesthetics in fashion. As Max Hollein, Director of the Met, stated: “Camp’s disruptive nature and subversion of modern aesthetic values has often been trivialized, but this exhibition will reveal its profound influence on both high art and popular culture”.

When: 9 May – 8 September

Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue – New York, NY


Jeremy Scott for House of Moschino. Ensemble, spring/summer 2018. Courtesy of Moschino. Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2019


Lady Dior Exhibition

“Lady Dior as seen by” – Dior

There is no denying the Lady Dior bag is iconic. It has been a huge inspiration for artists all around the world. Well, Dior’s latest exhibition is based on the Lady Dior, it will create a dialogue between tradition and these talented artists. The exhibition gives sixty different artists carte blanche to reinterpret this iconic bag each in their own way. A selection of twelve fascinating artworks specially produced for Dior by famous creators, including Olympia Scarry, Arturo Berned and Erdal Duman, will be on show at the newly open Dior SKM A4 boutique.

When: 24 June -23 July 2018

Where: Taipei new Dior skm a4 boutique

Gender Bending Fashion

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has decided to dedicate an entire exhibition to gender bending fashion. It’s not uncommon for fashion designers to bend the boundaries between men’s and women’s clothing. Bending boundaries between genders is also a hot topic nowadays. This exhibition will feature designs from Jean Paul Gaultier, Alessandro Michele, Rei Kawakubo and Rad Hourani, as well as outfits worn by gender bending celebrities like Marlene Dietrich and David Bowie. There will also be paintings, photographs, music and videos selected by Curator Michelle Finamore to help visitors understand how societal norms regarding what men and women should wear have changed throughout the past century.

When: 21 March – 25 August
Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Avenue of the Arts 465 Huntington Avenue – Boston, Massachusetts


Gender Bending Fashion - Alessandro Trincone, dress, “Annodami” Collection, Spring/Summer 2017

Make sure to let us know when you’ve visited one of these exhibitions and what you thought of them!

Photo credits: Louis Vuitton, Johnny Dufort, Dior, Alessandro Trincone

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