There are currently loads of interesting fashion-related exhibitions taking place in cities all over the world. Here’s information about nine especially worthwhile ones:

’60s Fashion
Until Feburary 25, 2007, London’s V&A presents this exhibition that explores the development of ’60s fashion from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. Celebrating the contribution made by young British designers to a worldwide fashion revolution, it includes carefully chosen close-ups on dresses, textiles and their designers. It also includes special events such as the Costume Society study day on January 20, 2007. In addition, the museum will welcome numerous guest speakers such as Mary Quant, Barbara Hulanicki and Zandra Rhodes.
Where: Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington ?Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, UK
Tel. +44 (0)20 7942 2000
Free Admission
www.vam.ac.uk

Schnittpunkt - Fashion, Society, Dresses, Art
St. Gallen, Switzerland hosts this four-part exhibition (Schnittpunkt means “point of intersection”) until January 7, 2007. It is presented in cooperation with prêt-à-porter brand Akris, which is strongly tied to St. Gallen and its textile history, and the cultural city department. Various perspectives on the wide relationship between fashion, society, dresses and art are approached. The exhibition is spread across four museums, and each one focuses on a different theme:
a) “Akris - A liaison with St. Gallen Embroidery at the Textilmuseum”
This exhibition focuses on Akris and its couture designer collections and reveals how the company’s philosophy is lived in its daily work. It features contemporary clothes and designs from the ’50s through the ’70s.
b) “Dresscode at the Historisches Museum”
When charged with symbolism and interpreted artistically, the dress can be a work of contemporary art. The works address social issues, including cultural identity, gender, security, emancipation and power hierarchies - conveyed by dress. Among the pieces on display are works by John Galliano (UK), Helmut Newton (USA) and Yoko Ono (USA/ Japan).
c) “Lifestyle - Ideals and Concepts of Living at the Kunstmuseum”
What is lifestyle? This exhibition ranges from subculture to high fashion throughout the centuries. Old master portraits express the bourgeois sense of self while the works of contemporary artists illustrate the lifestyles and ideas of modern society.
d) “Modus- A Game Involving Art, Society and Fabric at the Neue Kunsthalle”
This exhibit reflects fashion as a phenomenon of observance, pleasure and individuality. Artists create, design and alter textiles by Forster Rohner and Jakob Schaepfer of St. Gallen and the results are dresses, installations, performances, fashion shows and more.
Where: St. Gallen, Switzerland
Admission fee for all four shows: CHF 20
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Textilmuseum is open seven days a week, ?Kunstmuseum is open on Wednesdays until 8 p.m.)
www.schnittpunkt.sg

Coats! Max Mara Celebrates its 55th Anniversary
From November 30, 2006 until March 7, 2007 this unique exhibition at the Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz in Berlin presents the history of Italian luxury fashion group Max Mara. As one of Italy’s oldest and most famous “Made-In-Italy” companies, Max Mara is mostly famous for its coats. The exhibition provides a journey through the world of Italian fashion and focuses on the company’s two main collections, Max Mara (founded 1951) and Sportmax (founded 1969). The show features about 60 original coats and other styles as well as many collection sketches and pictures. Among the many fashion photographs on display are pictures by top photographers such as Sarah Moon, Peter Lindbergh, Richard Avedon and Steven Meisel.
Where: Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz, Kunstbibliothek, Matthäikirchplatz 8,10785 Berlin-Tiergarten, Germany
www.smb.spk-berlin.de

Fashion Show: Paris Collections 2006
Running until March 18, 2007, this exhibition demonstrates why fashion remains a fine art of great tailoring. Featuring runway garments from the spring collections of 12 influential couturiers and designers, the exhibition explores the ideas and inspirations motivating Paris fashion today. Designers such as Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Maison Martin Margiela, Valentino, Viktor & Rolf and Yohji Yamamoto answer why the choose Paris as a city to work. Approximately 10 pieces from each house’s spring haute couture or fall ready-to-wear collection are presented and show that some houses, such as Chanel and Valentino, continue to follow the tradition of haute couture while others such as Maison Martin Margiela and Yohji Yamamoto push fashion’s boundaries.
Where: Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Tel: +1 617 267 9300
www.mfa.org

Fashion Photography
Running through March 25, 2007, this exhibition looks at some of the most important imagemakers of the past century, including Helmut Newton, Baron Adolf de Meyer, Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn and William Klein. “Fashion Photography” displays expressive poses, daring couture and the aura of glamour throughout the fascinating photography’s history.
Where: Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Tel: +1 617 267 9300
www.mfa.org

The Heartbeat of Fashion: the F.C. Gundlach Collection
On the occasion of F.C. Gundlach’s 80th birthday, the passionate art collector presents a second exhibition after his successful debut “The Image of Men in Photography.” Running throught January 7, 2007, “The Heartbeat of Fashion” visualizes the changing character of the medium of photography and focuses on fashion. More than 300 photographs from 1860 to 2006 are on display and include ones by by Hills and Adamson, Madame d’Ora, George Hoyningen-Huene, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Guy Bourdin.
Where: Deichtorhallen Hamburg GmbH, Deichtorstraße 1- 2, D- 20095 Hamburg, Germany
Tel. + 49 (0) 40 32 10 30<
Opening Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m.
Admission fee: 7.50 Euro www.deichtorhallen.de

Antwerp Fashion Museum Collection: Selection II
To follow up the “Backstage Selection I” shown in 2002, the ModeMuseum, or MoMu, once again highlights its own collection combined with pieces on loan from several international well-known designers. The focus lies on the impulses, aesthetic concepts and network strategies of the new generation of designers that shaped ’90s fashion such as Helmut Lang, Martin Margiela and Walter van Beirendonck, followed by Raf Simons, Viktor & Rolf, Bless and Balenciaga. The archive places emphasis on the connections between fashion design and neighboring creative fields such as photography, industrial design, the arts, graphic and web design, styling, architecture and electronic music. The exhibition runs until June 16, 2007.
Where: ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen – MoMu, Nationalestraat 28,?2000 Antwerp, Belgium
Tel.: 03 470 27 70
www.momu.be

Mdvanii: Ceci N’est Pas Une Poupee
“Beware! This is not a doll!” It’s a legend we are speaking about: Mdvanii (pronounced Mid-vah-nee) is the creation of BillyBoy* and Lala and was ‘born’ in the late ’80s. With special tribute to Andy Warhol, Rene Margritte and Elsa Schiaparelli, the creators of the alterable Mrs. Mdvanii have made her to a representation of surrealism going along with concepts of fashion. This exhibition runs until February 11, 2007
Where: Musée de l'Elysée?18, avenue de l'Elysée? 1014, Lausanne, Switzerland
Tel + 41 21 316 99 11
The Museum is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. www.elysee.ch/expos

Skin + Bones: Fashion and Architecture
The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, or MOCA, currently presents "Skin & Bones: Parallel Practice in Fashion and Architecture,” which shows how both garments and buildings protect and shelter the body while providing a means to express identity. The exhibition presents the work of international fashion designers and architects and explores themes such as shelter, identity, creative processes, deconstruction and minimalism. The show, which runs until March 5, 2007, includes works from Future Systems, Preston Scott Cohen, Toyo Ito, Maison Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf, Yohji Yamamoto, Frank Gehry and Narciso Rodriguez.
Where: Museum Of Contemporary Art, 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, California, USA
Tel: +1 213 621 1741
Admission: $8 (students $5)
www.moca-la.or/index.php

– Compiled by Alexandra Bünzow