8 Fashion Exhibitions to See in 2012

Here’s a guide to fashion exhibitions that will be on display this year, from Denver, Colorado to Venice, Italy. With a few retrospectives and some side-by-side designer comparison presentations, there’s enough here to sate the appetite of the style-savvy.

1. “IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA”

This exhibit is a tribute to the designs of CFDA members and will mark its 50th anniversary in 2012. 100 objects including garments and accessories will be on display.
The Museum at FIT in New York, February 10-April 17

2. “Diana Vreeland”

Fortuny Museum in Venice, March 2012

3. “Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs,” a retrospective of Jacobs’ work at LV

This exhibit aims to be an analysis rather than a retrospective. See the work of Louis Vuitton and its current creative director, Marc Jacobs, paralleled to provide new insight into the fashion scene during its pivotal periods.
Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, March 9-September 16

4. “Yves Saint Laurent — The Retrospective”

Take a look at 200 haute couture garments, numerous photographs, drawings, and films that illustrate the development of Saint Laurent’s style and work.
Denver Art Museum in Denver, Colorado, opens March 25

French designer Yves Saint Laurent is kissed by models at the end of his fashion show in Paris in this October 21, 1987 file photo.

5. “Christian Louboutin,” a retrospective

Here’s your chance to visit the first UK retrospective of the French shoe designer. The exhibit celebrates Louboutin’s career to date and showcases 20 years of designs and inspiration.
The Design Museum in London, March 28-July 1

6. “Fifty Years of James Bond Style”

Pieces from Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Roberto Cavalli, Thierry Mugler, Donatella Versace, Prada, Oscar de la Renta, and other designers will feature in this exhibit.
The Barbican in London, April 2012

7. “Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion”

Approximately 80 designs—by Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) from the late 1920s to the early 1950s, and by Miuccia Prada from the late 1980s to the present—will be displayed.
The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, May 10-August 19

8. “Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950″

See more than 60 designs for social events such as private parties, royal balls, state occasions, and opening nights.
Victoria and Albert Museum inLondon, May 19-January 26, 2013

See the list at Fashionista.

Which exhibitions do you plan to see? Who’s your favorite of these designers?

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