25 Fashion Exhibits for Your Must See 2018 Bucket List

Posted on 07 February 2018

MET Heavenly Bodies

The upcoming MET costume exhibit; Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination (May 10–October 8, 2018) is sure to be nothing less than breathtaking! Yes, we all love the drama and hype around the MET gala and yes, we will absolutely admit that we can't wait to see what Rhianna will wear, (of course).

But, if you want more fashion to add to your "must see" list, you should know that fashion exhibits are on display in almost every area of the US and on every continent in the world.  They might not all have celebrity galas or grand staircases, but most are filled with absolute fashion treasures.

As you make your travel plans for 2018, consider visiting one or more of these popular and even lesser known museums and make your next vacation a journey through fashion history!  You'll be surprised at the gems you will discover!


Gianni Versace Retrospective Berlin
1. Gianni Versace; The Retrospective
January 30 - April 14, 2018
Kronprinzenpalais  Unter den Linden 3  Berlin 10117 

This retrospective of Versace's work includes pieces from private collections, including unique pieces owned by celebrities such as Prince, Madonna, Elton John, George Michael, Anna Wintour, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista.

We are starting to list our own private Dressing Vintage Studio collection of rare vintage Gianni Versace Jeans Couture Jeans on our website!  

Oliver Theyskens Nationalestraat 28 2000 Antwerp Belgium

2. Olivier Theyskens – She walks in beauty
Mode Museum  Nationalestraat 28  2000 Antwerp  Belgium

From the dark romantic side of his early designs which brought him world fame, to the new vision of couture he presented while at Rochas, his mastering of textiles and cut during his time at Nina Ricci, his American adventure with Theyskens’ Theory and the re-launch of his own brand Olivier Theyskens, the silhouettes on show all display the master’s hand.
3. Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier
May 10 - October 7, 2018
The Design Museum 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG

Celebrate the timeless beauty of the female form with thirty-five years of haute couture from Azzedine Alaïa, and discover the mastery of cut, tailoring, fit, innovative form and materials behind the designer's unique creations.
victoria and albert museum fashion
Stella McCartney

4. Fashioned from Nature
Opening April 21, 2018
The Victoria and Albert Museum Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

The first UK exhibition to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day.

Orla Kiely textiles Museum

5. Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern

May 25 – September 23, 2018
The Fashion and Textile Museum 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF

Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Ireland’s most successful designers. Her stylized graphic patterns instantly recognizable. This exhibition explores the power of decoration to transform the way we feel.

Textile Museum T-Shirts

6. T-Shirt:  Cult - Culture - Subversion
February 9 –  May 6, 2018
The Fashion and Textile Museum 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF

Explore the T-shirt in the 20th Century through this inspirational exhibition; charting the history, culture and subversion of the most affordable and popular item of clothing on the planet. 

guo pei

7. Guo Pei Couture Beyond

SCAD Fashion Museum
SEPT. 7, 2017–MARCH 4, 2018

OCT. 27, 2017–MARCH 4, 2018

Savannah College of Art and Design presents the first U.S. solo museum exhibition of designs by China’s Guo Pei, the first Chinese national fashion designer invited to join the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Presented in Atlanta and Savannah, this landmark exhibition features more than 40 of Guo Pei’s most exquisite designs, including accessories and signature masterpieces, such as the now-iconic imperial yellow cape worn by Rihanna to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala in 2015.

8. Martin Margiela / Galliera 1989-2009
March 3 to July 15, 2018
Galliera Palace 10 Peter I Avenue of Serbia, Paris 16th,  75116

The first retrospective devoted to Martin Margiela in Paris, the exhibition traces, from spring-summer 1989 to spring-summer 2009, the career of the Belgian designer who questioned both the structures of the garment and the fashion systems.


9. Balenciaga; Master of Couture
June 15, 2018 — October 14, 2018
McCord Museum 690 Sherbrooke Street West Montreal, (Quebec) H3A 1E9
If you've missed it at other museums, this is a must!  Cristóbal Balenciaga represented the pinnacle of haute couture in the 1950s and 1960s. His exquisite craftsmanship and original designs set the tone for 20th century fashion and most designers will agree that his talent has yet to be matched.
African Design Exhibit
October 6,  2018-April 28,  2019
Mint Museum 2730 Randolph Road Charlotte, NC 28207

This exhibition showcases fashions designed by Africa’s newest generation of couturiers as well as and boundary-breaking youth styles favored in Africa's urban centers.  

Thierry Mugler Alien to angel
11. Thierry Mugler: Alien to Angel 
Dec. 9, 2017 – Aug. 24, 2018
FIDM Orange County - 
17590 Gillette Avenue Irvine, CA 92614

This FIDM exhibit explores the work of one of our favorites, Parisian designer Thierry Mugler. The exhibition includes garments, sketches, runway photography, and perfume bottles, painting a holistic picture of this provocative fashion icon.

Vintage Thierry Mugler pieces at Dressing Vintage

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12. Outfit '900
December 20, 2017 to November 4, 2018.
Palazzo Morando | Costume Fashion Immaginevia
Sant'Andrea 6 - Milan
A collection of glamorous dresses for the great occasions in the fashion of Palazzo Morando in Milan.

Lisa Lovaas costume design Transformers

Lisa Lovaas for Transformers

13. The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design
February 6 to April 7, 2018
FIDM Museum 919 S. Grand AvenueLos Angeles, CA 90015

Alexander McQueen Acquiring Beauty

Alexander McQueen Evening dress, Fall/Winter 2008-9 

14. Acquiring Beauty
February 6th 2018 to July 7th 2018
FIDM Museum & Galleries 919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90015

Norman Norell Fashion exhibit

15. Norell: Dean of American Fashion
February 9 – April 14, 2018
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street New York City 10001-5992

One of the greatest fashion designers of the mid-twentieth century, Norman Norell is best remembered for redefining sleek, sophisticated, American glamour. This retrospective exhibition presents approximately 100 garments and accessories.

Dior at Denver Art Museum

16. Dior - from Paris to the World
opens November 18, 2018
Denver Art Museum 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy Denver, CO 80204

A selection of 150 couture dresses, as well as accessories, costume jewelry, photographs, drawings, runway videos, and other archival material, will trace the history of the haute couture fashion house, its founder, Christian Dior, and the subsequent designers who carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century. 

Vintage Christian Dior at Dressing Vintage

fashion illustrations denver art museum

17. Drawn to Glamour - Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard
Opens March 25, 2018
Denver Art Museum 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy Denver, CO 80204 

This exhibit showcases the illustrations of artist Jim Howard, a well-respected member of Denver’s fashion community. More than 100 works on paper starting with his early advertising campaigns for Neiman Marcus in the late 1950s through 1980s when the fashion illustration industry was at its height. 

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion

18. Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion 
February 24, 2018 to May 13, 2018
Phoenix Art Museum 1625 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004-1685 

This exhibit celebrates and examines the innovative work of Dutch designer Iris van Herpen. Renowned for her use of 3-D printing, van Herpen is widely considered one of today's fashion’s most progressive creators, and is a favorite designer of famous style icons, including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Björk and Cara Delevingne.

19. The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta 

FIT pockets purses

20. Pockets to Purses: Fashion + Function
March 6 – 31, 2018
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street New York City 10001-5992
21. Fashion Unraveled
May 25 – November 17, 2018
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street New York City 10001-5992 
22. Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color
September 7, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street New York City 10001-5992  
Vintage Pink at

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