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Museums with a passion for fashion

Want to experience ground-breaking design and glamour? Right now a number of exhibitions around the world are delving into the fascinating history of fashion.

Killer Heels, Brooklyn Museum

High heels are hardly a modern invention, with a history as long as it is varied. This exhibition gives you the opportunity to study over 160 pairs of shoes, from the platform shoes of the 16th century to the red-soled Louboutin stilettoes of today. Continues until February 15, 2015.

200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

Hubert de Givenchy, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid

He is a favorite of both royalty and the Hollywood elite, and he designed the iconic black dress used in the classic film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. This retrospective exhibition, curated by Hubert de Givenchy himself, takes a look at the life’s work of the French fashion designer. Continues until January 18, 2015.

Paseo del Prado 8, Madrid

Women Fashion Power, Design Museum in London

Fashion is far from superficial. Find out how women such as Princess Diana and Vivienne Westwood have used the power of clothes to attract attention and display authority. Continues until April 26, 2015.

28 Shad Thames, London

The Art of Balenciaga, Christóbal Balenciaga Museum in Getaria

In 2011, the doors opened of a museum dedicated entirely to the fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga in his hometown in northern Spain. This latest exhibition takes a closer look at the art that inspired his work. Continues until May 4, 2015.

Aldamar Parkea 6, Getaria

Death Becomes Her, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

How did people used to dress when there was a death in the family? At this exhibition you can see mourning dress from the period 1815 to 1915, including some dresses worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra. Continues until February 1, 2015.

1000 Fifth Avenue, New York

Fashion Mix, Palais Galliera in Paris

Paris may well still be the world capital of fashion, but it is largely thanks to foreign designers, such as Tunisian Azzedine Alaïa and Belgian Martin Margiela. This exhibition showcases the international designers who have advanced and revolutionized French fashion. Continues until May 31, 2015.

10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Paris

Don’t miss the Alexander McQueen exhibition either, which opens at the Victorian & Albert in London in March 2015.


Text: Jonna Karvonen

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