Falling for the Finest: The 5 Most Epic Fashion Exhibitions in 2017

On February 9th, rag & bone held an exhibition in celebration of their FW17 collections in New York. Curated by Lou Stoppard, the exhibition features the imagery, film, and music that have shaped the brand to be what it is today.

A select cast were chosen for their contributions to the brand, as well as those who inspire the brand. The images were shot by Glen Luchford, on a 20×24 Polaroid: one of the largest cameras in history and of which only eight still remain in the world. Frank Lebon shot on a film camera and created collages out of them. Among the guests were Joan Smalls, Amber Valletta and Anna Wintour. The exhibition will be open to the public from Friday 10th February to Sunday 12th February.

Courtesy of rag&bone
Courtesy of rag&bone
Courtesy of rag&bone

“Marilyn – I Wanna Be Loved By You” – Hôtel de Caumont, Centre D’Art, France

Photo by Milton H. Greene © 2016 Joshua Greene – www.archiveimages.com

Being the fashion icon that she is, it’s only natural for Marilyn Monroe to have a fashion retrospective of her life that explores the relationship the actress had with photography and the role it played in creating her distinctly known sense of style. With over sixty photographs, the viewer takes a journey through the 20th century women that set the marker for fashion forward fame. Video – courtesy of Caumont Centre d’art.

“The World of Anna Sui” – Fashion and Textile Museum, London, UK

PC: Anna Sui, 2011 © Anna Sui; The World of Anna Sui, book cover 2017.

The London Museum is opening its doors for the famous American fashion designer with romantic tones and magical aesthetic. The elegance and edge of pop culture will fall into line with Sui’s designs, and her major contributions to the fashion world over the course of her career. The show will include over one hundred looks, a well deserved homage to the very first American designer to receive a UK retrospective. The show will be on from the 26th of May to the 1st of October, 2017.

PC: Isetan Mitsukoshi for Anna Sui SS12 © Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello

“Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion” – Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

Dovima with Sacha, cloche and suit by Balenciaga, Café des Deux Magots, Paris, 1955. Photograph by Richard Avedon © The Richard Avedon Foundation

This year, the Victoria & Albert Museum is putting together an exceptional exhibition together in honour of Cristóbal Balenciaga, specifically for a special birthday as Balenciaga celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2017. The exhibition opens in Spring, showcasing his master craftsmanship through some of his finest designs, worn by the biggest stars of the time. With more than 100 garments and 20 couture hats on show in London, alongside a beautiful selection of photographs, sketches, videos, and fabric samples. The show will be on from May 27th, to February 18th, 2017.

Alberta Tiburzi in envelope dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Harper’s Bazaar June 1967 © Hiro 1967

Yves Saint Laurent Museum, Marrakech, Morocco and Paris, France

Shot by Horst P. Horst in Vogue 1980

In honour of the late Yves Saint Laurent, two museums, one in Marrakech and one in Paris are set to open their doors this autumn. They will give visitors a closer glimpse into the life and career of the beloved couturier, housing an selection of the designer’s major and most influential works. The Paris Museum in particular will hold special significance as the vibrant city itself is said to have a profound effect on the couturier’s lifework.

Courtesy of Studio KO, Musee Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech