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Oct 23 2013 - 3:21pm

In just two days, Jean-Paul Gaultier will open his traveling retrospective, The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, at the Brooklyn Museum. After opening in Europe, the collection — which debuts never-before-exhibited looks like a Beyoncé costume — examines the relationship between designer and muse. "I would never have been in fashion [1] if there were no models," Gaultier said of his inspirations.

The viewer will experience re-created environments such as Amsterdam's red-light district, a boudoir, and a room festooned with graffiti while taking in 150 pieces like Madonna [2]'s iconic cone-bra bustier. While it focuses on punk's impact on the designer's identity [3], Gaultier hopes that, above all, visitors will "not be bored, but surprised [4] . . . and have a good time." Get a look at this show and the other fashion exhibits currently on display, here in the gallery.

— Additional reporting by Robert Khederian

A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion & Chess

Where: World Chess Hall of Fame [5], St. Louis

When: Oct. 19, 2013

What: Chess and fashion — let alone the sculptural designs of Alexander McQueen [6] — may not seem at first to draw much in common. That will soon change with this soon-to-open exhibition, which investigates the strength of the queen as a character type in literature, in fashion, and on the gameboard. Suddenly, the two worlds don't seem too far apart anymore.

Photo courtesy of World Chess Hall of Fame

Timeless Muses

Where: Tokyo Station [7], Tokyo

When: Aug. 29, 2013

What: Catherine Deneuve, Kate Moss [8], and Sofia Coppola are all among the six muses Louis Vuitton [9] is featuring in its latest exhibition focused on women who "move frontiers." Vuitton will ask museumgoers to wear masks with polarized lenses while traveling through the exhibit to take advantage of its yet-to-be-seen technological components.

From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly, Beyond the Icon

Where: Michener Art Museum [10], Philadelphia

When: Oct. 28, 2013 to Jan. 26, 2014

What: Filled with her couture clothing, photographs that span her life, and mementos from her career in film, this exhibit traces Princess Grace of Monaco's journey from Philadelphia model to Hollywood actress to European royalty. The displays will include a number of Kelly's historic fashion moments, including Yves Saint Laurent [11]'s Mondrian dress and the Hermès Kelly bag, which is named in her honor.

Photo courtesy of Michener Art Museum

Virgule, Etc. . . . Dans Les Pas De Roger Vivier

Where: Palais de Tokyo [12], Paris

When: Oct. 2 to Nov. 18, 2013

What: If you're addicted to shoes, this is the exhibit for you. Roger Vivier [13]'s remarkable career will be reflected upon in a veritable playground of 120 of his most beautiful and notable styles. Making this even more of a fashionable affair is its perfect timing with Paris Fashion Week.

Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s

Where: The Victoria and Albert Museum [14], London

When: July 10, 2013, to Feb. 16, 2014

What: Consider this the British answer to Chaos to Couture. We're talking an 85-look lineup of the most bombastic fashion to come out of England in the '80s. Get ready to experience the crazy club scene — and how that translated onto the runway.

Photo courtesy of The Victoria and Albert Museum

Fashion Rules

Where: Kensington Palace [15], London

When: Opens July 4, 2013

What: Iconic dresses from the wardrobes of Queen Elizabeth I, Princess Margaret, and Diana, Princess of Wales, will be on display in this exhibit, which studies how each of these working royals interpreted the fashions of their day. Over 20 gowns, including work from Jacques Azagury and Catherine Walker, are included in the exhibit.

Hat-Ology

Where: Palazzo Morando [16], Milan

When: Opens Sept. 22, 2013

What: The iconic millinery of the late fashion editor Anna Piaggi [17] will go on display during Milan Fashion Week. Curated by Piaggi's friend and milliner Stephen Jones, it includes everything from a McDonald's baseball cap to Chanel Haute Couture headgear.

Oscar de la Renta: American Icon

Where: The William J. Clinton Presidential Center [18], Little Rock, AR

When: May 18 to Dec. 1, 2013

What: This exhibit celebrates the life, career, and impact of designer Oscar de la Renta [19], who dressed then-First Lady Hillary Clinton for a number of momentous occasions in her time at the White House — including her groundbreaking December 1998 cover of Vogue. Over 30 pieces of de la Renta's award-winning work will be on display. On July 8, Anna Wintour and the Clinton family will host a private reception celebrating the exhibit

Photo courtesy of Oscar de la Renta

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

Where: The Museum at FIT [20], NYC

When: Sept. 13, 2013, to Jan. 4, 2014

What: Some of the greatest designers in fashion history have been gay, and this exhibit explores the history of fashion "through the lens of gay and lesbian life and culture." The pieces in the exhibit span nearly a century, and come from the archives of Cristobal Balenciaga [21], Gianni Versace [22] (pictured at left with Naomi Campbell [23] and Carla Bruni in 1992), and Jean Paul Gaultier [24].

Bonus: A number of designers featured in the exhibit, as well as other industry figures, will participate in a symposium about the show on Nov. 8 and 9. Simon Doonan, InStyle's Hal Rubenstein, and John Bartlett are among the people scheduled to appear.

Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger

Where: The Museum of Arts and Design [25], NYC

When: June 25, 2013, to Jan. 20, 2014

What: Over 450 pieces from the renowned couture jewelry collection of Barbara Berger, featuring pieces by the likes of Balenciaga [26], Kenneth Jay Lane [27], and Marcel Boucher, which were expressly created to accompany haute couture dresses. The exhibition, which showcases a sixth of Berger's 3000-piece jewelry collection, investigates the rising popularity of couture jewelry while undoubtedly delivering some serious eye candy to delight the museumgoer.

Source: Joe Schildhorn /BFAnyc.com [28]

RetroSpective

Where: The Museum at FIT [29], NYC

When: May 22 to Nov. 16, 2013

What: FIT's latest exhibition examines fashion's fascination with its own past. Through the presentation of pieces by Alexander McQueen [30], Anna Sui [31], and Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga [32] — among many others — RetroSpective illuminates how modern fashion is simply historical references rendered in textile.

Photo courtesy of the Museum at FIT

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!

Where: Somerset House [33], London

When: Nov. 20, 2013, to March 2, 2014

What: The exhibit will celebrate the life, style, and influence of Isabella Blow on the world of fashion, putting special emphasis on her collection of clothing, shoes, and, of course, hats. The show will also spotlight her relationship with Alexander McQueen [34] and Philip Treacy [35] and her love of the British countryside.

Playboy Marfa

Where: Marfa, TX

When: June 2013

What: Richard Phillips designed an installation that sets the iconic Playboy bunny against an all-black 1972 Dodge Charger. Aside from giving the illusion that the car is speeding past the bunny, the installation evokes a retro feel informed by the work of Donald Judd.

Photo courtesy of Playboy

Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced

Where: Museum of the City of New York [36], NYC

When: Open now

What: This is the first exhibition of work by designer Stephen Burrows — who in 1977 was called "the brightest star of American fashion" by The New York Times. The show explores Burrows's use of bright colors, metallic fabrics, and silhouettes that skimmed the body. It also traces his history from designing clothes for friends to becoming the first black designer with an international presence.

The Amazing Shoemaker: Fairy Tales and Legends About Shoes and Shoemakers

Where: Museo Salvatore Ferragamo [37], Florence, Italy

When: Open now until March 31, 2014

What: This exhibit [38] examines the magical role of shoes in fairy tales and other stories that span history and the globe.

Bonus: A short film called White Shoes was created for the exhibit. It tells the fantastical version of a story about young Salvatore Ferragamo [39] creating a pair of white shoes for his sister's communion in just one night. The trailer is at left.

Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum

Where: ValentinoGaravaniMuseum.com [40]

When: Open indefinitely

What: This virtual space allows users to click through photos of Valentino's work and images of the women who wore it, in addition to video interviews and a section called This Month that brings regular content to the site. The most recent entry sees Derek Blasberg interviewing Hugh Jackman [41].

Ellsworth Kelly's Collaboration With Calvin Klein

Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art [42], NYC, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art [43], Philadelphia

When: May 31, 2013

What: In honor of artist Ellsworth Kelly's 90th birthday, Calvin Klein [44] creative director Francisco Costa modernized a dress that Kelly designed for a friend in 1952. The dress was inspired by Kelly's iconic painting "Red Yellow Blue White," painted in the same year. The dress will be produced in limited quantities and donated to the Met's Costume Institute and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which owns "Red Yellow Blue White."

Photo courtesy of Calvin Klein

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

Where: The Brooklyn Museum [45]

When: Oct. 25, 2013 to Feb. 23, 2014

What: A comprehensive retrospective of Jean-Paul Gaultier's iconic designs. Travel through Amsterdam's red light district, and graffiti-clad streets as you experience the influence punk had on the Parisian designer.


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