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2016’s Fashion

By Steffi van den Elsen | May, 2016

Fashion is in Fashion! This Summer, many fashion exhibitions are on view both in The Netherlands and abroad. Internationally renowned fashion designers and artists present both old and new work. From three centuries ago to the future and everything in between the two. See All This selected this Summer’s 13 best fashion exhibitions. 


1. Claudy Jongstra: Ancient Light

Frisian Museum
26 March 2016 until 8 January 2017

A sustainable production process is at the core of Claudy Jongstra’s practice, keeping her studio’s footprint as small as possible: respectful towards the environment and making use of local products and traditional crafts. The exhibition provides an insight in the world of Claudy Jongstra and contains her new work as well.

Claudy Jongstra - Ancient Light Foto: Marcel van der Vlugt

Claudy Jongstra – Ancient Light
Photo: Marcel van der Vlugt

Werkmaterialen Claudy Jongstra Foto: Marcel van der Vlugt

Work materials Claudy Jongstra
Photo: Marcel van der Vlugt

 

2. Helmut Newton (Foam)

Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
17 June until 4 September 2016

Photographer Helmut Newton’s work reflects the social changes of the 1970s and early 1980s: the shifting traditional power relations, the rise of a strong womens emancipation and a liberal sexual morality. This overview contains over 200 photographs, varying from rarely shown early prints to monumental ones.

Yves Saint Laurent, French Vogue, Rue Aubriot, Paris 1975 © Helmut Newton / Helmut Newton Estate

Yves Saint Laurent, French Vogue, Rue Aubriot, Paris 1975 © Helmut Newton / Helmut Newton Estate

Self Portrait with Wife and Models, Vogue Studio, Paris 1981 © Helmut Newton / Helmut Newton Estate

Self Portrait with Wife and Models, Vogue Studio, Paris 1981 © Helmut Newton / Helmut Newton Estate

 

3. I want it to be soft – The journey of Bas Kosters

Museum Arnhem
14 May until 4 September 2016

The work of Bas Kosters addresses topical social themes such as overconsumption, issues of race and gender and ideals of beauty. In this retrospective exhibition, he creates a world in which garments, installations, drawings, illustrations, textile art, soft sculptures and video enter into a dialogue.

I want it to be soft - The journey of Bas Kosters, Campagnebeeld Masker: Ine Mulder voor Bas Kosters Studio © Marc Deurloo

I want it to be soft – The journey of Bas Kosters, Campaign image
Mask: Ine Mulder for Bas Kosters Studio
© Marc Deurloo

Bas Kosters

Bas Kosters

 

4. Benno Premsela – Max Heymans. Men with Courage and Style

Jewish Historical Museum
14 December 2016 until 26 June 2016

This exhibition is about the life and work of designer and interior architect Benno Premsela (1920-1997) and couturier Max Heymans (1917-1997). Both men were figureheads of a generation of artists and designers who managed to put design and fashion on the map in post-war Dutch society. Besides, as famous Dutchmen, they publicly expressed their homosexuality in a time and society in which this was still considered to be a great taboo.

enno Premsela, 1984 © Philip Mechanicus/MAI

Benno Premsela, 1984 © Philip Mechanicus/MAI

Max Heymans, 1962 © Hans Dukkers/MAI

Max Heymans, 1962 © Hans Dukkers/MAI

Etalage van de Bijenkorf ontworpen door Benno Premsela Foto: Frits Lemaire, 1957 Collectie stadsarchief Amsterdam

Etalage van de Bijenkorf ontworpen door Benno Premsela
Photo: Frits Lemaire, 1957 Collection City Archive Amsterdam

 

5. Pop Art Fabrics & Fashion | From Warhol to Westwood

TextielMuseum Tilburg
18 June until 20 November 2016

The exhibition contains over 200 textile and fashion designs from the period between 1956 and the 1970s, in which the mixing of popular images and music with art and fashion changed the way people would dress. Famous popart artist Andy Warhol and internationally renowned artists such as Mary Quant, Pierre Cardin and Vivienne Westwood will be shown in detail.

'Love Comic' gordijnstof, ontwerper Nicky Zann. Foto: Collectie van Target Gallery London

‘Love Comic’ curtain fabric, designer Nicky Zann.
Photo: Collection of Target Gallery London

 

6. Groninger Costume Meets Fashion Tech

The Verhildersum Manor Museum
From 25 March until 30 October 2016

Besides fashion and costume from the period 1841-1865, the exhibition evolves around the work of fashion designer Maartje Dijkstra. Commisioned by the museum, she will design and produce a number of pieces, among which an outfit, inspired by the textile collection of the Verhildersum Manor Museum. Dijkstra reacts to the period halfway into the 19th century, characterized by technological development and the rise of the Bourgeoisie, and provides an insight into the future of fashion.

Maartje Dijkstra voor Museum Landgoed Verhildersum

Maartje Dijkstra for the Verhildersum Manor Museum.

 

7. Manus x Machina

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)
5 May until 14 August 2016

With over 170 ensembles from the early 20th century to the present, the exhibition addresses the emergence of haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the distinction between hand (manus) and machine (machina) was made due to the rise of mass production. The exhibition also looks at the similarities and differences between haute couture and ready-to-wear.

Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913) Wedding ensemble (back view), autumn/winter 2014–15 haute couture Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913)
Wedding ensemble (back view), autumn/winter 2014–15 haute couture
Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection
Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

Issey Miyake (Japanese, born 1938) for Miyake Design Studio (Japanese, founded 1970) "Flying Saucer" dress, spring/summer 1994 Courtesy of The Miyake Issey Foundation Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

Issey Miyake (Japanese, born 1938) for Miyake Design Studio (Japanese, founded 1970)
“Flying Saucer” dress, spring/summer 1994
Courtesy of The Miyake Issey Foundation
Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

Iris van Herpen (Dutch, born 1984) Ensemble, spring/summer 2010 haute couture Dutch Polyamide, acrylic, leather The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2015 (2016.16a, b) Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

Iris van Herpen (Dutch, born 1984)
Ensemble, Spring/Summer 2010 haute couture
Dutch
Polyamide, acrylic, leather
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2015 (2016.16a, b)
Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

 

8. Fashion Forward, Three Centuries of Fashion

Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Parijs)
7 April until 14 August 2016

Musée des Arts Décoratifs is celebrating its fashion collection’s 30th anniversary in 2016 with a fashion overview of the period 1715-2016. The exhibition presents 300 fashion garments for men, women and children, from the museum collection.

Callot Soeurs, evening dress, 1909-1913 Silk satin metallic tulle and silk tulle Collection UFAC © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris Foto: Jean Tholance

Callot Soeurs, evening dress, 1909-1913 Silk satin metallic tulle and silk tulle
Collection UFAC © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Photo: Jean Tholance

André Courrèges, trouser ensemble, Haute couture spring-summer 1965 Wool and cotton twill Collection UFAC © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris Foto: Jean Tholance

André Courrèges, trouser ensemble, Haute couture spring-summer 1965 Wool and cotton twill
Collection UFAC © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Photo: Jean Tholance

Comme des Garçons, Robe, printemps-été 2015 Collection Mode et Textile © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris / photo : Jean Tholance

Comme des Garçons, Robe, printemps-été 2015 Collection Mode et Textile © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris / photo : Jean Tholance

 

9. Beauty – Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (New York)
12 February until 21 Augustus 2016

With projects ranging from experimental prototypes and interactive games to fashion ensembles and architectonic interventions, Beauty presents over 250 works by 63 designers from all over the world. Beauty is about esthetic innovation, as well as the practical function of clothing.

Rendering, back view of Otaared, from Wanderers collection, 2014 © Neri Oxman

Rendering, back view of Otaared, from Wanderers collection, 2014 © Neri Oxman

 

10. A History of Fashion in 100 Objects

Fashion Museum (Bath)
19 March until 1 January 2018

A fashion retrospective from 1600 tot the present, with the museum collection’s most popular 100 items. It contains key items that are linked to particular moments in history, as well as more personal stories. Additionally, ten typical ‘shoe moments’ and children’s outfits from the period 1700-2000 are being presented.

Man’s cream silk satin embroidered coat and pink silk breeches, 1780s

Man’s cream silk satin embroidered coat and pink silk breeches, 1780s

Iridescent layered plastic ensemble, Gareth Pugh. Chosen as Dress of the Year 2014 by Katie Grand

Iridescent layered plastic ensemble, Gareth Pugh. Chosen as Dress of the Year 2014 by Katie Grand

Newspaper print leather gloves, John Galliano for Christian Dior, 2000

Newspaper print leather gloves, John Galliano for Christian Dior, 2000

 

11. Miyake Issey Exhibition: The Work of Miyake Issey

The National Art Center (Tokio)
16 March until 13 June 2016

Designer Miyake Issey is constantly looking for new methods and technologies to make clothing. His work is based on the relationship between fashion and the human body, and combines innovation with comfort to refresh our lives.

Issey Miyake, No.1 Dress (2010)

Issey Miyake, No.1 Dress (2010)

 

Issey Miyake, Horsehair, Autumn/Winter 1990

Issey Miyake, Horsehair, Autumn/Winter 1990

 

12. Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles)
10 April until 21 August 2016

Reigning Men explores the history of men’s fashion and contests the commonly suggested relationship between fashion and femininity. At the start of the 18th century, the male aristocrate for example wore a three-piece costume that was just as superfluous as its feminine counterpart. The exhibition goes back to the cultural influences on fashion through the centuries and reveals how fashion was and is not exclusively a feminine matter.

Suit Italy, c. 1770 Costume Council Fund Waistcoat France, c. 1770 Purchased with funds provided by Suzanne A. Saperstein and Michael and Ellen Michelson, with additional funding from the Costume Council, the Edgerton Foundation, Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer, Maureen H. Shapiro, Grace Tsao, and Lenore and Richard Wayne Sword with Sheath France, late 18th century Gift of Mary H. and Martin B. Retting

Suit (Italy, c. 1770), Costume Council Fund / Waistcoat  (France, c. 1770), Purchased with funds provided by Suzanne A. Saperstein and Michael and Ellen Michelson, with additional funding from the Costume Council, the Edgerton Foundation, Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer, Maureen H. Shapiro, Grace Tsao, and Lenore and Richard Wayne / Sword with Sheath (France, late 18th century) Gift of Mary H. and Martin B. Retting

 

13. 200 Years of Australian Fashion

National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne)
5 March until 31 July 2016

More than 120 works by over 90 designers are presented. The exhibition celebrates the unique voice and impact of Australia on the international fashion industry. Work by contemporary designers such as Dion Lee, Ellery, Romance Was Born and Toni Maticevski, as well as key designs from the last 200 years. On top of that, multimedia film material and interviews, photographs and works on paper are on display.

Rainbow tartan feather suit, 2015 spring, Coo-ee couture collection National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased, NGV Supporters of Fashion and Textiles, 2015 Photo: Virginia Dowzer and Bronwyn Kidd © Romance Was Born

Rainbow tartan feather suit, 2015 spring, Coo-ee couture collection
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, NGV Supporters of Fashion and Textiles, 2015
Photo: Virginia Dowzer and Bronwyn Kidd
© Romance Was Born

Evening outfit c. 1974 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Gift of Carolyn Fels, 1997 (1997.439.a-d) Photo: Virginia Dowzer and Bronwyn Kidd © Magg

Evening outfit c. 1974
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Carolyn Fels, 1997 (1997.439.a-d)
Photo: Virginia Dowzer and Bronwyn Kidd
© Magg

 

 

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