Where to Get Your Fashion Fix This Fall, Via the Art World


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The Met Costume Institute’s ode to punk might have garnered mixed reviews and skeptical reactions, but it was a blockbuster exhibit, anyway.  Art and fashion show no signs of letting go of each other’s hands…and so, after a sleepy summer, the art world returns, full steam ahead.  If you’re in London or Paris for Fashion Week, some of these exhibits should also be a nice break from runway-stomping Latvian teenagers.  Here’s where the next round of fashion-as-art will open:

A history of underwear: The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris presents La mécanique des dessous, or equivalently, a history of underwear. The show, which is on now and closes November 24th, celebrates and explores the evolution of female underthings, from the 14th century right through the Wonderbra.

Coco Chanel: Opening at the London College of Fashion on September 4th, this show features portraits of Coco Chanel by the artist Marion Pike, who was close to the designer. Chanel couture owned by Pike and her daughter will also be on display. Closes on November 16th.

Doug Aitken: More art and culture than fashion, Levi's presents Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening, a moving target of a cultural happening featuring the work of multimedia artist Doug Aitken, among others. From September 6th to 28th, various artists will travel cross-country, by train, to present different works and events at 10 stops along the way.

Rick Owens: The anti-conformist designer makes furniture, too. Check out his Prehistoric collection at London's Carpenter Workshop Gallery, from September 9th through November 1st.

Jean Paul Gaultier: Originally organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Brooklyn Museum is the only East Coast venue showing The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. The multimedia exhibit will showcase numerous ensembles from Gaultier's archives alongside footage from films, runway shows, performances, and concerts featuring his work. Opens on October 25th and closes February 23rd. Gaultier will speak at the museum on October 24th.

Paul Smith: Hello My Name Is Paul Smith, an exhibit devoted to the designer's archives, opens at London's Design Museum on November 15. The show also includes a recreation of Smith's office and the apparent clutter of books and toys and objects it contains. Closes March 9, 2014.

JAR: The legendary jewelry designer Joel Arthur Rosenthal, who works under the alias JAR, will be celebrated in a solo show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning November 20th. Jewels by JAR features over 300 of the designer's works, spanning a 35 year career.


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