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.

    Private: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

    Brooklyn Museum


    Fri, Oct 25, 2013 - Sun, Feb 23, 2014

    The Brooklyn Museum is the only East Coast venue for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first international exhibition dedicated to the groundbreaking French couturier. Playful, poetic, and transformative, Gaultier’s superbly crafted and detailed garments are inspired by the beauty and diversity of global cultures.

    Private: Gilded New York

    Museum of the City of New York


    Wed, Nov 13, 2013 - Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design.

    Private: Jewels by JAR

    Metropolitan Museum of Art


    Wed, Nov 20, 2013 - Sun, Mar 09, 2014

    This exhibition will feature more than four hundred works by one of the most acclaimed jewelry designers of the last thirty-five years, Joel A. Rosenthal, who works in Paris under the name JAR. he exhibition will be the first devoted to a contemporary artist of gems at the Metropolitan Museum and will feature a selection of JAR's finest pieces—from jewels in classical flower forms and organic shapes to witty objets d'art—all executed with the most ...

    Private: Alta Moda by Mario Testino

    Queen Sofia Spanish Institute


    Wed, Nov 20, 2013 - Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    The institute, under the chairmanship of Oscar de la Renta, is the first American venue to present Alta Moda ("High Fashion"), a series of photographic portraits by fashion photographer Mario Testino. See traditional Peruvian dress from the mountains of Cuzco through the lens of Testino.

    Private: Trend-ology

    Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology


    Tue, Dec 03, 2013 - Wed, Apr 30, 2014

    Utilizing 100 objects from the museum’s permanent collection, Trend-ology examines the diverse sources from which fashion trends have emerged over the past 250 years, including urban street style, art, music, film, and socio-political movements. The exhibition also highlights industry developments that have had an impact on how trends spread.

    Private: Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art

    American Folk Art Museum


    Tue, Jan 21, 2014 - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    What is the relationship between fashion and folk art? This exhibition explores the two seemingly unrelated fields through the work of 13 designers who have created garments inspired by works of art in the museum’s collection.

    Private: Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s

    Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology


    Fri, Feb 07, 2014 - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Despite a dire financial and political environment, the 1930s was a period of great stylistic achievement and technical innovation in design. In contrast to the preceding Edwardian era - in which stiff, structured clothes dominated high fashion – 1930s garments were softer, minimally ornamented, elegantly proportioned, and reflected the streamlined art moderne aesthetic

    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.

    Private: Fashion Week Show Benefit F/W 2014

    Holy Apostles Ballroom


    Thu, Feb 13, 2014, 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

    The Set NYC presents: Fashion Week Benefit F/W 2014. A benefit for to end child trafficking. Designer Lucina Lu presents for 2014 'Timeless' fashion show. Presenting designer Autumn Lin Kietponglert (Styled to Rock on Bravo, Vogue.IT, Marie Claire). Introducing the modern essential leather trousers by Yossi for Kevin Shahroozi. Designer Kristin Costa (Couture Fashion Week, Victoria Secret wings with Izquierdo Studios) presents 'Underbelly'.

    Private: Dressing Divinely: 1930’s Hollywood Costume/Couture

    Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology


    Wed, Feb 26, 2014 - Wed, Jan 29, 2014

    Join Scott F. Stoddart, dean of FIT’s School of Liberal Arts and author of Analyzing Mad Men, as he examines the lives and the creations of Hollywood costume designers of the 1930s. Stoddart’s analysis reveals the close connection between the elegance created on screen by designers such as Adrian, Edith Head, and Muriel King, and the desires of the American middle class.

    Private: Charles James: Beyond Fashion

    Metropolitan Museum of Art


    Thu, May 08, 2014 - Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    The inaugural exhibition of the newly renovated Costume Institute will examine the career of the legendary 20th-century Anglo-American couturier Charles James (1906–1978), focusing on his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns.