Fashion and Costume exhibits for every Clotheshorse IV.

Are you looking to expand your mind and visual costume vocabulary? Why not take a look at some of these amazing museum exhibits that 2017 has to offer!

Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture

What: Just in time for the musical HAIR’s 50th anniversary, MAD is offering Counter-Culture, an installation full of photographs, ephemera and extant garments from the hippie heyday of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

Eagle Cape by Neshama Franklin, and made for Gino Sky Poet-Performer. 1972.

According to their website,  Counter-Culture is part of  a series of three exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) this spring that embrace craftsmanship, cultural commentary, and critical thinking in fashion practices—from the couture to the conceptual—across multiple generations.”

Where: The Museum of Arts and Design, New York City.

WhenMarch 2nd- August 20th

Georgia O’Keefe: Living Modern

What: Long-hailed as an epitome of the independent, modern woman and artist, Georgia O’Keefe never ceases to inspire. Living Modern juxtaposes O’Keefe’s iconic paintings alongside her own masterfully-styled wardrobe.

Georgia O’Keefe in Abiquiu, NM, by Bruce Weber. 1984.

It’s a coming-home of sorts, as the Brooklyn Museum was the location of O’Keefe’s very first museum show!

Where: Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York.

WhenMarch 3rd- July 23rd.

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

What: As stated in a previous Gal-lery, I quite admire Comme des Garçons’s founder Rei Kawakubo, so it’s super exciting that the Costume Institute is featuring the progressive Japanese designer in her own exhibit this May!

18th-Century Punk, autumn/winter 2016–17. Photo by Paolo Roversi.

As the show’s website states,  Kawakubo breaks down the imaginary walls between these dualisms, exposing their artificiality and arbitrariness.” and I cannot wait to see how the show explores these liminal spaces.

Where: The Costume Institute at the Met, New York City.

When: May 4–September 4.

Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume.

What: The Smithsonian-sponsored traveling exhibit of Star Wars costumes is headed to Ohio, showcasing garments and multi-media methods of how designers and costumers were able to utilize the basic tenets of design (shape, scale, line, color, etc) to help create the fictional universe from  ‘a long time ago’ that we know and love.

Mon Mothma Senate robes, from Revenge of the Sith. Trisha Biggar, costume designer.

Whether you’re a costume connoisseur or simply a Star Wars fan, it looks like there’s a little something for all of the admirers out there!

Where: Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.

When: May 25th- October 1st.

Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image

What:  With her groundbreaking androgynous style and staunchly outspoken stance against the Nazism, Marlene Dietrich’s legacy includes being a star of the silver screen, a classic symbol  of immaculate style,  a dear figure in the LGBTQ+ community, and generally being a self-possessed woman who didn’t take any guff from anyone.

MOROCCO, Marlene Dietrich, 1930.

Its title takes inspiration from the  iconic Dietrich quote, I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.” this exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery features photographs and film clips of the German-born actress’s long career and life.

WhereSmithsonian: The National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC.

WhenJune 16– April 15.


Do you plan on visiting, or have you already visited, any of these costume and fashion offerings? Is there a great exhibit you’d like to share with us? Go ahead and leave a comment below!

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