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The Fashion Exhibitions You Need To See In 2021

April 13, 2021

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The Fashion Exhibitions You Need To See In 2021

2020 was a less than ideal year for fashion exhibitions around the world. The majority were cancelled as the result of the pandemic with only a few managing to make the transition over to the digital world. In 2021, hindsight and forward planning has allowed event organisers to create fashion exhibitions that can happen, no matter what the pandemic brings to our lives. This year the exhibitions have something to offer everyone, from historians with an interest in 18th century shoes, to the anyone who wants to learn about the history of handbags. Here are five fashion exhibitions you’ll want to check out in 2021.

V& A Museum in London – Bags: Inside Out

London’s Victoria and Albert museum is famous around the world for their fashion exhibitions, many of which sell-out in the blink of an eye. Their upcoming Bags: Inside Out exhibition runs until mid-September and offers an interesting perspective on handbags from brands like Louis Vuitton and Hermes, including the infamous Birkin bag. You can even see handbags from the private collections of British celebrities like Alexa Chung and Kate Moss, both of whom have loaned Mulberry bags to the exhibit. Although it looks like this exhibition will be able to happen in person during the summer, you can catch it online.

YSL – Feminine Signular: Betty Catroux, Yves Saint Laurent

This exhibition at the YSL museum in Paris takes at look at one of the founder’s most iconic muses, Betty Catroux. The exhibition is being curated by Saint Laurent’s Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello. It features more than 50 pieces from the archives, each of which show the influence of Betty Catroux on YSL’s design work. The exhibition is happening until May 9th but you can view the full archives online.

Pierre Cardin Museum

After the death of Pierre Cardin, one of the most influential designers of the 20th century, it’s only fitting that we include the museum of his work on this list. You can find the museum in Paris and they regularly feature exhibitions of his work. The permanent exhibition has more than 250 different haute couture pieces from 1950 to 2000. You’ll see something new every time you visit as the museum has an archive of over 4,000 Pierre Cardin pieces.

Thierry Mugler: Couturissime

Another fashion icon being given the exhibition treatment is Thierry Mugler. His work came to define the fashion industry from the 1970s through the turn of the millennial. His exhibition entitled “Couturissime” is due to open at the Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris in the autumn, having previously appeared at the Musee des beaux-arts in Montreal. If the vaccination rollout is successfully, you should hopefully be able to attend this exhibition in person in the fall. This exhibition offers a retrospective look at the work of Thierry Mugler and how his vision has changed the world of fashion. It’s a must-visit for any fashion fan.

Which of these four exhibitions will you be viewing in 2021? Are you exciting to be able to go back to attending in-person exhibitions in the not so distant future?


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