New York Fashion Week (September 5-12) goes by in the blink of a model’s turn on the catwalk, but fashionistas can examine high fashion up close and to their heart’s content at several exhibitions this fall.
Currently at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology , “A Queer History of Fashion” looks at the creations of LGBTQ individuals over the past 300 years, with 100 ensemblesassociated with an emerging gay subculture and 21st-century high fashion, and illustrates how gay vernacular styles have evolved since Stonewall.
Exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America highlight Shanghai glamour from the first half of the 20th century and contemporary Chinese-American designers such as Anna Sui, Yeohlee Teng, Vera Wang and Vivienne Tam.
“Fashion Jewelry” at MAD Museum shows what to wear with Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior or Dolce & Gabbana haute couture.
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The exhibition will trace how the gay vernacular styles changed after Stonewall, becoming increasingly “butch.” Lesbian style also evolved, moving from the “butch-femme” paradigm toward an androgynous, anti-fashion look, which was, in turn, followed by various diversified styles that often referenced subcultures like punk.
Featuring over 450 pieces of fashion jewelry by designers such as Miriam Haskell, Marcel Boucher, Balenciaga, Kenneth Jay Lane, and Gripoix, this exhibition will be an eye-opening display of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, many of them one-of-a-kind, drawn from the world-renowned collection of Barbara Berger.
See exquisite outfits from 1910s to 1940s on loan from the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou and three dresses from prominent private New York collections. They will be presented alongside accessories, posters, lifestyle magazines, and period images.
"Front Row" traces and celebrates the rise of Chinese-American designers who decided to make their marks in New York, including Anna Sui, Yeohlee Teng, Vera Wang and Vivienne Tam, as well as young designers, from Derek Lam to Phillip Lim.
This remarkable exhibition features rare textiles and garments ranging from a 1920s hand-batiked caftan-style dress and mass-market hand-blocked silks to Native American and other indigenous dress. Never-before-seen photographs, objects, and design manuals will be on view.
Beginning in the sixteenth century, the golden age of European exploration in search of spice routes to the east brought about the flowering of an abundant textile trade. Textiles often acted as direct currency for spices, as well as other luxury goods. Textiles and textile designs made their way throughout the globe, from India and Asia to Europe, between India and Asia and Southeast Asia, from Europe to the east, and eventually west to the ...