It’s nearly the New Year and there’s a whole run of art and fashion exhibits for you to check out before we’re onto the next batch of mind-quenching events. Sportswear International has compiled the shows from around the globe that are a must-see for early 2008. Get your fill here…

The Golden Age Of Couture: Paris and London 1947 – 1957
The exhibition leads through the epoch of haute couture and dressmaking, documenting the period after World War II in Paris and London, a time of luxury, elegance and glamour, where fashion icons like Dior, Balenciaga, Balmain, Fath and Hardy Amies began to build their fashion empires.
Until 6 January, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, +44 (0)20 7942 2000, Admission fee: £9, (vam.ac.uk)

Uli Richter – A Berlin Fashion Story
The work of German designer Uli Richter is divided in two sections: About 80 garments represent Richter’s typical style, grouped by colors and themes, and historical photographs which show the evolution of the fashion house and the town of Berlin (1945-1989). The second part presents a collection of private costumes Richter made for German’s high society ladies of that time.
Until 6 January, Kunstgewerdemuseum, Herbet-von-Karajan-Str. 10, Berlin – Tiergarten, 49 (0)30 2662951, Admission fee: €8, (smb.spk-berlin.de)

ControModa
Imported from the Los Angeles County Museum, Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi houses this exhibition featuring 200 creations from various international contemporary designers. The evolution of fashion, the changing ideas of beauty, the different cultures as well as forms, materials and body shapes are the guidelines of the exhibition.
Until 20 January, Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi, Florence, +39 0552645155, Admission fee: €10, www.contromodafirenze.it, (palazzostrozzi.org)

Divina! Maria Callas fra Moda e Mito
The Italian fashion icon and diva of the opera inspired many great designers who went on to create a dress for her for every feasable special occasion. These elegant designs are now exhibited in Milan’s Museo Storia Contemporanea.
Until 20 January, Museo Storia Contemporanea, Via Sant’Andrea 6, Milan, Free entrance, +39 02 88465933, (museodistoriacontemporanea.it)

Omaggio a Maria Callas - I Costumi di scena
The Scala in Milan is another venue dedicating an exhibition to the inimitable Maria Callas, and is featuring costumes from her wardrobe.
Until 31 January, Museo Teatrale, Largo Ghiringhelli 1, piazza Scala, Milan, +39 02 88792473, Admission fee: €5, (teatroallascala.org)

Vivienne Westwood
Organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum of London, this collection has been on tour for several years, and now lands in Milan. It hosts the creations of the infamous British punk fashion designer Vivienne Westwood (pictured above in 1977, wearing the provocative "destroy" t-shirt) from the her Kings Road beginings until the present day, and includes designs from her own personal collections.
Until 20 January, Palazzo Reale, Piazza Duomo 12, Milan, +39 02 54917, Admission fee: €8, (comune.milano.it/palazzoreale)

Matthew Williamson – 10 years in fashion
This exhibition shows the work process in the patterns, colors and prints of the luminary designer and creative director at Pucci.
Until 31 January, Design Museum Shad Thames, London, +44 (0)870 8339955, Admission fee: £7, (designmuseum.org)

Graffiti Art and Fashion
The work of graffiti artists like Haze, Cey, Phade and Lady Pink is presented in this exhibition as well as its influence on the fashion business. One can see the collaborations between graffiti artists and designers like Stephen Sprouse and Louis Vuitton, Keith Haring and Vivienne Westwood, and creations by Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf, Moschino, Marc Jacobs and Walter van Beirendonck.
Until 24 February, Phoenix Art Museum, Ellman Fashion Design Gallery, McDowell Road & Central Avenue, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, +1 602 257 1222, Admission fee: $10, (phxart.org)

Les Années folles 1919 – 1929
Les Années folles, the time when women were emancipated: free of the corset, to cut their hair, to wear make-up and to smoke, is documented in this exhibition. It shows 170 fashion styles, 200 accessories and 50 samples of beauty products from the 20s. Creations are on display from the likes of Chanel, the Callot Sisters, Heim, Spinning Jenny, Patou, Poiret, Talbot, Worth and Lanvin.
Until 29 February, Musée Galliera, 10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Paris, +33 01 56528600, Admission fee: €7, (galliera.paris.fr)

Annisettanta – Il decennio lungo del secolo breve
The strong aesthetic of 70s cinema, literature, design, music, comics, theatre, fashion, architecture and art are bought together at this art exhibition.
Until 30 March, Triennale di Milano, Viale Alemagna 6, Milan, +39 02 724341, Admission fee: €8, (triennale.it)

Central Asian Ikats from the Rau Collection
This innovative art of weaving (Ikat) creates completely new designs and patterns, becoming famous in the 19th century and used as clothing to mark a social status or only as decoration. See its history here.
Until 30 March, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, +44 (0)20 7942 2000, Free admission, (vam.ac.uk)

Blog.mode: Addressing Fashion
The past 100 years of fashion are documented by this exhibition that shows more than 40 costumes by Manolo Blahnik, Coco Chanel, Donna Karan, Alexander McQueen, Elsa Schiaparelli, Issey Miyake and Paul Poiret among others.
Until 13 April, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, +1 212 5357710, Admission fee: $20, (metmuseum.org)

Exoticism
This exhibition points out how the Western fashion designers interpretate exoticism in different ways by taking elements from cultures such as Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern influences such as saris and kimonos. The featured designers from all over the world include Kenzo, Dries Van Noten, Yeohlee, Vivienne Tam, Xuly Bët and Stoned Cherrie, Manish Arora and Alexandre Herchcovitch.
Until 7 May, FIT Museum, Seventh Avenue at 22 Street, New York, +1 212 2174550, Admission free, (fitnyc.edu)

Fashion V Sports
Fashion and sportswear married a long time ago becoming no longer separable. Designers like Prada and Balenciaga use sportswear elements while brands like Adidas and Nike are collaborating with fashion designers. This exhibition shows the result of this collaborative interchange.
Until 23 November, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, +44 (0)20 7942 2000, Admission charges will apply, (vam.ac.uk)