Fashion, Dior, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, Virgil Abloh: A world tour of fashion shows that you can add to your travel plans

A world tour of fashion shows that you can add to your travel plansIn New York, the Museum of Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) showcases the construction methods and expertise of Dior and Balenciaga. Image: Timothy A. Clary / AFP

AAfter two years of delays and cancellations, the fashion industry is reconnecting with its audience by increasing the number of physical events. As such, this summer will be particularly rich in exhibitions, offering travelers the opportunity to combine a holiday with culture wherever they are in the world. From Dior and Schiaparelli to Balenciaga and Virgil Abloh, here’s a world tour of fashion shows you can visit this summer.

In the United States

Dior + Balenciaga: Kings of fashion and their legacy
Two fashion heavyweights, Dior and Balenciaga, will see their work contrasted for the first time when some of their most famous designs are on display at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Museum in New York City, by November 6th. Here, it’s not just about discovering the work of two legendary designers — Christian Dior and Cristobal Balenciaga — but about their innovative construction methods and the excellent workmanship of their studios. All this is illustrated through more than 60 clothing items and sets that are drawn exclusively from the museum’s permanent collection.

Virgil Abloh: “figures of speech”
From July 1, 2022 to January 29, 2023, the Brooklyn Museum will pay tribute to the American designer Virgil Abloh through a retrospective dedicated to all his works in the field of art and fashion. The designer’s visionary spirit will be celebrated through creations and clothing items, but also through the hit collaboration he has mastered to the end. Visitors will be able to admire the pieces created for his Off-White label, as well as clothes and accessories from his men’s collections for Louis Vuitton, as well as sculptures, sketches and numerous archival documents.

In Europe

Shocking! The Surreal World of Else Schiaparelli
The next stop is France, where designer Elsa Schiaparelli will be honored at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from July 6, 2022 to January 22, 2023. This retrospective, dedicated to the woman who created the famous ‘shocking pink’ — now a fashion classic — will focus to the connections she has created with the art world through some of her collaborations, and to the boundless creativity and imagination that led her to imagine a completely re-invented female silhouette, shaking off all sorts of conventions.

Vision and virtuosity
In London, summer will be synonymous with expertise in jewelry making. From June 10 to August 19, the Saatchi Gallery is setting up the exhibition “Vision and Virtuosity”, dedicated to the famous jewelry store Tiffany & Co. which celebrates the 150th anniversary of its presence in the British capital. Nearly two centuries of history will be shown through exceptional pieces, such as the stunning Empire Diamond, which has a maximum of 80 carats. Fans of the film will find a section dedicated to the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, with a focus on the original script of the romantic comedy.

Dior hats: The art of hats from Christian Dior to Stephen Jones

Return to France, where until October 30, the Musée Christian Dior in Granville, Normandy, pays homage to the art of hats – creations that are perhaps less well known than the clothes of the famous couturier. As many as 200 models were gathered, along with high fashion dresses, photographs and archival documents, recalling how important the hat was for Christian Dior, who considered it an essential addition to the women’s team. Along the way, visitors will also be able to discover the work of his successors, including Yves Saint Laurent and Maria Grazia Chiuri, as well as the work of stellar miller Stephen Jones and his 25 years of expertise as Dior’s creative director. hats.

In China

Louis Vuitton
After a stay in Shenzhen, Louis Vuitton has now set up camp at the Olympic Sailing Center in Qingdao, eastern China, where his famous bags, suitcases, holsters and other creations will be on display until July 1. With only a month left, visitors can discover no less than 180 items, including a collection of custom-made early 20th-century chests, traditional tea cases, or even orders from Chinese celebrities. All this shows the history and creative path of the French brand, from craft expertise to innovation.

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