Six fashion exhibitions to see this winter

From power dressing in New York to hoodies in Rotterdam, these are the fashion exhibitions not to miss

Devan Shimoyama’s February II, 2019 features in The Hoodie at the Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
Devan Shimoyama’s February II, 2019 features in The Hoodie at the Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam | Image: Courtesy of The Buck Gallery and The Alison Katz Wolfson Family Collection, New York

Silent Madness, Now Gallery, London

Emerging designer Mowalola has taken up residence at London’s Now Gallery in an immersive experience that merges music and fashion. Lengths of specially printed fabric cover the walls, floor and windows in the space, which is also playing two-minute films directed by musician and director Finn Mactaggart. Until January 19 2020 (nowgallery.co.uk).

Cristóbal Balenciaga’s evening dress for summer 1961 will appear at In Pursuit of Fashion, New York
Cristóbal Balenciaga’s evening dress for summer 1961 will appear at In Pursuit of Fashion, New York | Image: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photograph: Nicholas Alan Cope

The Hoodie, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

Artworks, articles and artefacts are on display in The Hoodie, an exhibition that looks to unravel one of the most politicised items of clothing in history. Curated by journalist Lou Stoppard, the exhibition includes garments from the likes of Vetements and Off-White, as well as two specially commissioned works. Until April 12 2020 (hetnieuweinstituut.nl).

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Power Mode: The Force of Fashion, The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

What makes a garment powerful? This exhibition in New York examines how certain garments – from suits to gowns – have come to convey a sense of authority. Power Mode: The Force of Fashion spans the 18th century to the present day, and considers the subjects of military, suits, status, rebellion and sex. Until May 9 2020 (fitnyc.edu/museum).

Christian Dior’s haute couture spring/summer 2007 will feature in Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk in London
Christian Dior’s haute couture spring/summer 2007 will feature in Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk in London | Image: Getty Images

In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection, The Met Fifth Avenue, New York

Famed fashion historian Sandy Schreier is the focus of the Costume Institute’s winter exhibition In Pursuit of Fashion, which consists of womenswear, accessories and illustrations from the American’s private collection. Amassed over more than 50 years, the 80 featured pieces from across the 20th century are part of a promised gift from Schreier to the Institute. Until May 17 2020 (metmuseum.org).

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Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The influence and impact of the traditional kimono are highlighted in a new exhibition at the V&A. From Star Wars costumes to Christian Dior designs, as well as artworks and accessories, Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk looks at the contexts in which the Japanese garment has been appropriated by the western world. February 29-June 21 2020 (vam.ac.uk).

Christian Louboutin, Exhibition[niste], Le Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris

The shoes of Christian Louboutin – from his more experimental pieces to commercial designs – are going on display in Paris in the first major retrospective for the brand. The exhibition will showcase Louboutin’s designs from the past 30 years, as well as collaborations with director and photographer David Lynch and artist Lisa Reihana. February 26-July 26 2020 (palais-portedoree.fr).

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