The most anticipated fashion exhibitions of the new school year

From Paris to New York via London and Marseille, the fall fashion exhibitions return to a little-known counterpart to the work of Man Ray, the history of footwear from the Middle Ages to the present day, the photographs of Tim Walker or how Paris became the fashion capital of the world.

Overview of the most anticipated fashion exhibitions of the fall:

Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion

He is the dean of fashion designers: he is approaching 100 years. Yet Pierre Cardin remains the embodiment of a certain modernity, a major actor – if not the first – of this pivotal period in the history of fashion where ready-to-wear takes precedence over haute couture. A sociological revolution whose aesthetic contours he shaped, “always ahead of its time, offering society a new and breathtaking vision of what the future could be” says Matthew Yokobosky , curator of the exhibition Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion , at the Brooklyn Museumfrom New York. The 170 or so objects on display (silhouettes of course, but also drawings, furniture, photographs, videos, accessories, etc.) retrace this fashion utopia which, paradoxically, still seems particularly current. (Jérôme Hanover)

Pierre Cardin two-tone jersey dresses
Pierre Cardin two-tone jersey dresses, with vinyl waders, 1969 © Photo: Yoshi Takata © Pierre Pelegry

Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion, Brooklyn Museum, New York, until January 5, 2020

Paris, fashion capital

The Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York pays tribute to Paris in a new exhibition that tells of the development of the Parisian fashion industry and its international influence. From the 18th century to the present day, passing by the couturier Charles Frederick Worth , the birth of haute couture and the time when French couturiers sold their clothes to American brands through licenses, Paris, Capital of fashion highlights the cultural construction of Paris as a nerve center of world fashion.

Paris, Capital of fashion
Paris, Capital of fashion © Emile Pasquier, green and brown changeable velvet and green faille ball gown, 1889 – 1890, France. The Museum at FIT “Französische Modenherrschaft über Europa” (French Fashion Domination over Europe). Etching by Christian Gottlieb Geyser after Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki, circa 1780, Germanisches Na tionalmuseum, Nuremberg, HB 25963, Kapsel 1267. © Germanisches Nationalmusuem, photograph: Monika Runge. Light box and graphic imagery provided by Leach, a subsidiary of Chargeurs Pink and green lace patterned silk robe à la française, 1750s, probably France

Paris, Capital of fashion, from September 6 to January 4, 2020 at the Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 W 27th St 10001 New York

Man Ray and fashion

In November, head to Marseille for a new exhibition devoted to fashion photography in the eyes of Man Ray . It will present more than 150 prints by the artist on the border between dada and surrealism, who was one of the first to anchor fashion photography in an artistic practice and not simply documentary and put his talent at the service of Paul Poiret , Elsa Schiaparelli , Coco Chanel , Vogue , Vanity Fair or Harper’s Bazaar . Through the technical and artistic experiments of Man Ray, the exhibition will explore the border between purely artistic work and commissioned work and the birth of a new fashion aesthetic.

Man Ray and fashion, from November 8 to March 8, 2020 at the Cantini Museum, 19 Rue Grignan 13006 Marseille

The history of footwear

The Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris continues its exploration of the relationship between the body and fashion with an exhibition dedicated to shoes, walking and gait. Through more than 500 shoes, paintings, photographs, art objects, films and advertisements, from French and foreign public and private collections, the exhibition looks back on the relationship between shoes and manners, from the shoes of the nobility of the Middle -Age until the recent creations of Iris Van Herpen , exploring in an unprecedented way what their different forms and styles tell about the evolution of different world cultures.

a history of shoes
Pump for Juliette Récamier – 1795-1810, Paris, Museum of Decorative Arts © MAD Paris Photo: Hugues Dubois

Walking and walking, a history of shoes, from November 7 to February 23, 2020 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107-111 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris

Tim Walker’s photographs

For his third solo exhibition, the English photographer, longtime collaborator of Vogue , has chosen to confront his dreamlike universe, at the crossroads of the fashion image and modern fairy tale, with works from the permanent collection of Victoria & Albert Museum . He drew on the museum’s archives to extract the most astonishing works of art, which will dialogue with a series of unpublished photographs constituting the heart of the exhibition, an exclusive series to which Karen Elson and Tilda Swinton notably lent their faces. The exhibition will also revisit some of the oldest photographs of the photographer, who began his career in New York as an assistant to Richard Avedon, before starting to work for Vogue in the 1990s.

Tilda Swinton Fashion: Gucci, Marc Jacobs Jewelery: Lisa Eisner Jewelry, Vela, Uno de 50, A. Brandt + Son Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire, 2018 © Tim Walker Studio
© Tilda Swinton Fashion: Gucci, Marc Jacobs Jewelery: Lisa Eisner Jewelry, Vela, Uno de 50, A. Brandt + Son Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire, 2018 © Tim Walker Studio

Tim Walker: Wonderful things, from September 21 to March 8, 2020 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, SW7 2RL London


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