Those of you who are planing to travel Europe soon have the opportunity to explore the fascinating world and history of famous fashion designers and some of the fashion houses. Two extraordinary exhibitions are launching this month and the fashion world is thrilled.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work will be presented in London. The exhibition will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work, spanning from his 1992 MA Graduate Collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 Collection.
McQueen’s designs will be presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows. He was a designer, an artist, a poet who composed his poetry through clothing. His works were romantic, gothic, periodically; inspired by nature, gentle, violent and full of pain at the same time.
14 March- 2 August 2015,
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Palais Galliera presents the first Parisian retrospective of Jeanne Lanvin, who founded the world’s oldest fashion house still in operation.
This exhibition offers an original scenography realised with the help of Alber Elbaz, the current artistic director of Lanvin.
“Look at the workmanship, look at the fragility,” Elbaz said as he inspected an evening ensemble in silk crepe embroidered with silvered tubes and crystals by Swarovski, a key sponsor of the exhibition. “Of course, we live in a world of computers, but we are still an industry that depends on seamstresses and a needle and thread. We are a human industry and that’s what we show in this exhibition.”
In 1908, Jeanne Lanvin proposed her first collection for children. Based on this success, she joined the great names of Parisian haute couture and opened several departments. The label employed more than 1,000 workers. In the 20s, the colour blue and its variations become a trademark for Lanvin, while Jeanne Lanvin made evening and lame boleros another trademark piece.
The exhibits come from the Palais Galliera's collections as well as of Lanvin's own collection.
7 March- 23 August 2015
Palais Galliera - Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris