Fall Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, model Amber. Photo by Risa Korris.

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 ensembles associated 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.

Scroll down for more fashion exhibitions this fall.


Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger

Featuring over 450 pieces of fashion jewelry by designers such as Miriam Haskell, Marcel Boucher, Balenciaga, Kenneth Jay Lane, and ...

Front Row: Chinese American Designers

"Front Row" traces and celebrates the rise of Chinese-American designers who decided to make their marks in New York, including ...

Shanghai Glamour

See exquisite outfits from 1910s to 1940s on loan from the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou and three dresses ...

A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk

The exhibition will trace how the gay vernacular styles changed after Stonewall, becoming increasingly “butch.” Lesbian style also evolved, moving ...

Interwoven Globe The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800

Beginning in the sixteenth century, the golden age of European exploration in search of spice routes to the east brought ...

An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design, 1915–1928

This remarkable exhibition features rare textiles and garments ranging from a 1920s hand-batiked caftan-style dress and mass-market hand-blocked silks to ...