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Brief Published: 7 Dec 2016

Fashion Exhibit Update: New York

Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion

An exhibit celebrating the style of one of the most successful rock bands of all time, an exploration of fashion as an art form, and a historical focus on black designers – we select New York’s current fashion exhibition highlights.

  • Masterworks: This show at the Met’s Costume Institute focuses on seminal items of clothing that have shaped the fashion landscape. With 60 pieces on display, Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion explores the evolution of design and technique from the 18th century to today. Highlights include the Armadillo heel from Alexander McQueen and a wooden gown from Yohji Yamamoto. It runs until February 5 2017. 
  • Black Fashion Designers: The Fashion & Textile History Gallery at FIT presents a celebration of black fashion designers from the mid-20th century to the present (see also Cultural Guardians: US Afrocentric Style). The diverse selection of work reveals how elements of African and African American culture are drawn upon, such as American designer Patrick Kelly’s use of mismatched buttons, inspired by his southern upbringing. It runs until May 16 2017.
  • Exhibitionism: Comprised of over 500 artefacts spanning The Rolling Stones’ decade-long career, Exhibitionism at Industria Studios examines the band’s influence as style icons, known for their signature dandy-glam rock aesthetic. In addition to rare memorabilia, the exhibit houses several custom costumes from acclaimed designers including an elaborate feather coat by Prada, and a collection of frontman Mick Jagger’s iconic jumpsuits. It runs until March 12 2017. 

See also Craft + Innovation: Manus x Machina, Molly Goddard: Interactive Embroidery Exhibition, and Protest & Activism: London Exhibition Focus.