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The five fashion exhibitions of the world in 2023

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Jan 9, 2023

A new year means new exhibitions for the museums of the world's greatest fashion capitals. From 1997's most important events at the Palais Galliera in Paris, to the Karl Lagerfeld tribute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York: here are the five must-see fashion exhibitions in 2023.


Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art

After Paris, London, and New York, this retrospective devoted to Christian Dior has just arrived in Tokyo, focusing especially on the close ties between Dior and Japan. The influences of the great couturier, like his passion for gardens, and his most emblematic creations are at the center of this exhibition, whose scenography has been specifically designed to pay tribute to Japanese culture. But that's not all. The public can also browse the haute couture creations and accessories designed by the creative directors who succeeded Christian Dior, including Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, John Galliano, and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams - until May 28, 2023 at the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art.

1997, Fashion Big Bang at the Palais Galliera in Paris

The famous Y2K (or "2000's") have been an inexhaustible source of inspiration since the beginning of 2022, but it is nevertheless 1997 that is considered a pivotal year in fashion. A "Big Bang", as Vogue Paris magazine called the spring-summer 1997 haute couture season, which the Palais Galliera will retrace in an exhibition to be discovered from March 7. The public will appreciate collections that have become cult, such as 'Body Meets Dress, Dress Meets Body' by Comme des Garçons, and will remember the emergence of new creative directors who are now considered top designers, such as Hedi Slimane, Stella McCartney, and Nicolas Ghesquière. The exhibition will also recall significant events such as the opening of the Colette concept store. The whole show will feature no less than 50 designs, videos and archive documents.

1997, Fashion Big Bang - from March 7 to July 16, 2023 at the Palais Galliera in Paris.

Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty at the Met in New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has chosen to dedicate its major spring exhibition to a single fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld. An exceptional retrospective that will take the form of a tribute to his creative genius, as well as to his personality, through no less than 150 designs, obviously accompanied by sketches signed by the great German couturier. His work methodology, creative process, designs, and his relationships with his closest collaborators ... The public will be able to appreciate all of the designer's work from when he worked for Balmain, Patou, Chloe, Fendi, Chanel, and his own label. As every year, the Costume Institute exhibition will be inaugurated by the most coveted red carpet event, the Met Gala, for which the guests will all wear designs by Karl Lagerfeld.

Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty - from May 5 to July 16, 2023 at the Met in New York.

Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto at the V&A in London

After the Palais Galliera in Paris, it is the Victoria & Albert Museum's turn to host this retrospective dedicated to Gabrielle Chanel. This is the first British exhibition dedicated entirely to the work of the French couturier, and for the occasion the V&A will present some rare creations from its own collection. In total, more than 180 looks will be gathered in the museum, as well as jewelry, accessories, cosmetics and perfumes. All of this is intended to highlight the evolution of Gabrielle Chanel's emblematic style, as well as her journey up to her last collection in 1971.

Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto - from September 16, 2023 to February 25, 2024 at the V&A in London.

Fashion and sport at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris

With the 2024 Olympic Games approaching in Paris, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs has chosen to explore the close, and ever more frequent, links between the worlds of fashion and sport. Clothes, accessories, photographs, paintings, posters and videos will be installed in the museum to demonstrate the connection between these two worlds, from antiquity to present times. Sportswear, whether designed and/or used for practice or in the city, will be at the heart of this exhibition, which will highlight tennis dresses dating from the 19th century, the emblematic yellow jersey of the Tour de France and Lacoste polo shirts, as well as more recent collections including sneakers and clothing with logos, and collaborations between sport and couture which is now a big part of our daily lives.

Fashion and Sport - from September 20, 2023 to April 7, 2024 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.


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