New York Fashion Week (February 6-13, 2014) may get all the buzz with the season’s latest trends, but these shows focus on more lasting impacts of fashion in New York. From a multimedia retrospective on Jean Paul Gaultier to fashion photographer Mario Testino’s treatment of traditional Peruvian dress from Cusco, fashion exhibitions and talks in February and beyond span time and place.

The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is busy nipping and tucking as it completes a major two-year renovation in May to present  Charles James: Beyond Fashion. An American designer working tradition of the Haute Couture, James (1906 – 1978) used sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring that influence designers to this day.

Scroll down for current fashion-forward events and more exhibitions coming up this spring.

    Branding a City: Barcelona and Fashion

    Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology


    Tue, Feb 11, 2014, 6:00 pm

    Fashion brands can project the character and values of a city, so much so that, in a sense, fashion can become a city’s ambassador to the world. Join media expert Gema Requena and a representative from Desigual for a lively discussion of how fashion can “brand” a locale, with particular attention paid to how fashion has bolstered the image of Barcelona as a fashion-oriented metropolis.