Beauty and fashion exhibits are perennial in New York's museums. Right now you can learn about the art of scent at the Museum of Arts and Design, and view items from Katharine Hepburn's wardrobe at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. (Plus, the 92nd St Y's Fashion Icons interview series regularly engages top designers such as Marc Jacobs on Jan 9, Betsey Johnson on Jan 16, and Vera Wang on Feb 19). But we're extra excited for these upcoming fashion exhibits featuring Manolo's, mohawks and man-skirts.
Clothes may make the man, but ladies know it’s the shoes that really count. More than 150 pairs will be on display at this survey of haute footwear, some borrowed from the envy-inducing closets of Daphne Guinness and Baroness Monica von Neumann. Drool over the artistic creations of Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Manolo Blahnik and Alessandra Lanvin (Aperlaï), and marvel at the dangerously tall Lady Pointe stilts that Noritaka Tatehana designed for Lady Gaga.
The Met’s Costume Institute—responsible for 2011’s blockbuster “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibit—investigates the aesthetics of punk culture and how it has influenced designers like Vivienne Westwood, Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte), Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel) and Gianna Versace. Expect to hear plenty of the Ramones, the Sex Pistols and the Clash while you check out 100 garments ranging from shredded, safety-pinned ’70s outfits to contemporary couture.
Explore more than 140 of the French couturier’s gender-bending, avant-garde pieces, some of which are arguably closer to art than attire. (Admit it: A museum seems a fitting place for Madonna’s conical bra and Milla Jovovich’s costume from The Fifth Element.) The show also includes photographs taken by artists including Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman, plus Gaultier’s very first design from 1971.