During a hot summer's day these seven fashion exhibits around the world will provide the perfect downtime for the fashion voyeur.

“KALEIDOSCOPE MISSONI”

Until Sunday September 17, 2006 in Gorizia, Italy.

A journey of exploration at the interface between the technique and art form of Missoni’s world displayed here in the form of textile design. A riot of colors and fabrics, and with visual effects, Missoni’s garments and tapestries are original patterns and mosaics made up of a kaleidoscope-colored, soft-knit woolen fabrics, an interplay of reflections and cross-references from one art form to another.

Address: Musei Provinciali di Gorizia, Palazzo Attems-Petzenstein, Piazza De Amicis, 2, Gorizia, Italy

Opening hours: 9 am - 7 pm, Mondays closed

“DRESS CODE: COCKTAIL FASHION”

Until September 19, 2006 in Marseille, France.

There was a time – and at special occasions there still is – for a certain way of occasional dressing. Here such attire is exhibited in a display of 100 pieces and five videos dedicated to so called “cocktail fashion”. The Museum’s permanent collection includes 6,000 pieces from the 1920s to present day, including haute couture, prêt-à-porter, women’s and menswear, 3,500 books, 1,600 videos, 2,400 press releases and 1,600 reports on fashion.

Address: Musée de la Moda, Espace Mediterranéé, La Canebière 11, 1300 Marseille, Tel. +33 (0)4 96 17 06 00

“MEDITERRANEAN FABRICS”

Until September 30, 2006 in Prato, Italy.

Italian fashion and fabrics influenced by the Orient are shown at the Fabric Museum in Prato. The exhibition follows the roots of the Mediterranean fashion style dating back to the year 1500 when Europe began to take interest in oriental fashion while zeroing in on style, techniques and production. Highlights of the exhibition are rich silk shirts with golden or silver yarns and shoes with 36 up to 60 cm high wood heels.

Address: Musee del Tessuto, via s. Chiara 24, Prato, Italy

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm, Saturday 10 am - 2 pm, Sunday 4 - 7 pm, Tuesday closed

“TAILOR’S ART”

Until November 6, 2006 in New York, New York, USA.

An exhibition on tailoring and its influences on fashion, The Tailor's Art features tailoring techniques and demonstrate how they have shaped fashion over the past 250 years. The exhibition is divided into four rooms: an introductory gallery and three galleries that survey fashions and fabrics from the 18th century to the present. Included in the display are works by Roberto Cavalli, Balenciaga, Alexander Plokhov and Ann Demulemeester, juxtaposed with historical pieces from fashions past, demonstration of the art and evolution of tailoring. Every six months, the Fashion and Textile History Gallery at the FIT presents a new exhibition, showcasing garments, accessories, and textiles from the museum's extensive permanent collections.

Address: The Museum at FIT is located on the southwest corner of Seventh Avenue at 27th Street. Exhibition hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 8 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; closed Sundays, Mondays, and legal holidays. Admission is free. For museum information call +1 212 217-5800 or go to: (fitnyc.edu/museum).

“WEAPONS OF SEDUCTION: Armor + Lingerie = Fierce Fashion”

From September 9 to December 16, 2006 in New York, New York, USA.

Joan of Arc is an unlikely fashion icon, but designers today are increasingly channeling the spirit of warrior women. "Love and War: The Weaponized Woman," a visually stunning and intellectually daring exhibition, takes an unprecedented look at the influence of armor and other military styles on fashion. But it’s not all chain mail and camouflage: in seeking to express sensuality, as well as power, designers also reference lingerie. Names exhibited at this original show include Boudicca, Jean Paul Gaultier, Issey Miyake, Hussein Chalayan, Helmut Lang, Versace, Alexander McQueen and Yohji Yamamoto.

Address: The Museum at FIT is located on the southwest corner of Seventh Avenue at 27th Street. Exhibition hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 8 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; closed Sundays, Mondays, and legal holidays. Admission is free. For museum information call Tel. +1 212 217-5800 or go to: (fitnyc.edu/museum)

“BALENCIAGA PARIS”

Until January 28, 2007 in Paris, France.

Cristobal Balenciaga is considered one of the most innovative and inspirational haute couture designers of the 20th century, and remains a favorite among his fellow designer colleagues. His successor Nicolas Ghesquière has become similarly influential, with his winter 2005/06 and summer 2006 collections. The exhibition with 160 pieces is the first dedicated to Balenciaga in the city of Paris.

Address: Musée de la Mode et du Textile, 107 rue de Rivoli, Paris

“FASHION AND TEXTILE HISTORY”

Permanent exhibition at FIT in New York, New York, USA.

The first gallery in the United States to offer a permanent exhibition of 250 years of fashion and textile history opened last November at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). The Fashion and Textile History Gallery will feature changing selections from the museum’s extensive collections. Every six months, approximately 100 new objects will be chosen from the 50,000 garments and accessories and the 30,000 textiles in the museum's permanent collections from the 18th century to the present. Address: The Museum at FIT is located on the southwest corner of Seventh Avenue at 27th Street. Exhibition hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 8 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5pm; closed Sundays, Mondays, and legal holidays. Admission is free. For museum information call Tel. +1 212 217-5800 or go to: (fitnyc.edu/museum)