THE MODEMUSEUM ANTWERP hosts “Traditions & Dreams. Kimono from the Kubota Collection” through June 19. Taken from the unfinished collection of famed fiber artist Itchiku Kubota, the exhibition shows six kimonos from his Symphony of Light series and two kimonos from the Mount Fuji series, which are on view for the first time in Belgium. Conceived when the artist was in his seventies, Symphony of Light was only partially completed when Kubota died. It was intended to be a panorama of eighty kimonos in two different collections, the Four Seasons and the Universe. Kubota is most known for his revival of the tsujigahana dyeing technique, a variation of shibori that was last practiced in the fifteen century.
Nationalestraat 28, Antwerp 2000, Belgium; 32.3.470.2770; www.momu.be/en.
THE PHOENIX ART MUSEUM hosts “Fifty Years of Fashion at Phoenix Art Museum” through August 7 at the Ellman Fashion Design Gallery and Orme Lewis Gallery. Featuring more than fifty works drawn from the history of fashion, this exhibition highlights masterworks and milestones of the permanent collection. The exhibition features a roster of world-class designers including Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Chanel alongside historical works.
1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004; 602.257.1880; www.phxart.org.
THE DE YOUNG MUSEUM presents “Oscar de la Renta” through May 30. The exhibition contains more than one hundred ensembles produced over five decades, and is presented in collaboration with the house of de la Renta and the designer’s family. Thematic sections trace de la Renta’s upbringing in the Dominican Republic; the rise of his career in Spain, where he gained his first commissions; his formative years spent in the world’s most iconic fashion houses; and his eventual role as a designer for famous personalities.
Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco, CA 94118; 415.750.3600; deyoung.famsf.org.
FREEHAND GALLERY celebrates its thirty-fifth Annual Jewelry Show, from April 30 through May 28. See work by Sydney Lynch, Zuzana Korbelarova, Michael Bayes, Jenny Foulkes, Jo Baxter, and Kit Carson. From palettes of semiprecious stones to fine engraving and abstract wirework, a selection of jewelry with an opulent minimalism will be on display.
8413 West Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048; 323.655.2607; www.freehand.com.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART features “Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715 - 2015” through August 21. The exhibition explores the history of men’s fashionable dress from the eighteenth century to the present. Drawing primarily from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibit makes illuminating connections between history and high fashion. Two hundred ensembles are on display.
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323.857.6010; www.lacma.org.
THE HIGH MUSEUM OF ART hosts “The Rise of Sneaker Culture” from June 11 through August 14. This exhibition includes one hundred fifty-five sneakers and follows the evolution of the sneaker from its origins in the mid-nineteenth century to its role in the present day as a status symbol of urban culture and marker of masculine identity. Originating at the Bata Shoe Museum, the exhibit examines the sneaker’s complex social history and immense cultural significance.
1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309; 404.733.4400; www.high.org.
THE TEXTILE SOCIETY OF AMERICA hosts its 15th Biennial Symposium from October 19 – 23 at the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Savannah. This year’s theme “Crosscurrents: Land, Labor, and the Port,” is an invitation for participants to explore the ways in which textiles shape, and are shaped by historical, geographical, technological, and economic aspects of colonization and/or globalization.
THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON presents “#techstyle” through July 10. The exhibition explores how the synergy between fashion and technology is not only changing the way designers design, but also the way people interact with their clothing. The exhibit draws on the museum’s collection of contemporary fashion and accessories, and features key pieces from innovators in the field including a digitally-printed dress from Alexander McQueen’s Plato’s Atlantis collection and Iris van Herpen’s 3-D printed dress.
Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115; 617.267.9300; www.mfa.org.
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART displays “Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World” through July 17. For the first time in the United States, a major international loan exhibition focuses on the wealth, artistry and technical achievements of the Hellenistic period (323–30 B.C.), the three centuries between Alexander and Cleopatra. The exhibit brings together more than two hundred sixty-five objects that were created through the patronage of the royal courts of the Hellenistic kingdoms, with an emphasis on the ancient city of Pergamon. Examples in diverse media—from marble, bronze and terracotta sculptures to gold jewelry, vessels of glass and engraved gems, and precious metals and coins—reveal the enduring legacy of Hellenistic artists and their profound influence on Roman art.
1000 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10028; 212.535.7710; www.metmuseum.org.
THE MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEW YORK hosts “Uniformity” from May 20 through November 19. Fashion has often drawn inspiration from uniforms of all kinds, taking functional features and transforming them into decorative elements. The exhibit explores the history behind a variety of uniforms, considering both their social role and their influence on high fashion. It is organized thematically to focus on four categories of uniforms: military, work, school, and sports. The exhibition includes over seventy objects from the museum’s permanent collection.
Seventh Avenue at 27th St., New York, NY 10001; 212.217.4558; www.fitnyc.edu/3662.asp.
THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN displays “Bent, Cast & Forged: The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia” from May 3 through September 25. A graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a former metalsmithing instructor, Bertoia has received international acclaim for his woven wire metal furniture and large bronze and copper sculptures. His exploration of the medium, though, originated in jewelry design while he was still a high school student in Detroit in the 1930s. Of the hundreds of jewelry pieces attributed to Bertoia, the majority were produced during his years at Cranbrook in the early 1940s.
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019; 212.299.7777; www.madmuseum.org.
THE MINT MUSEUM UPTOWN presents “Pumped: The Art & Craft of Shoemaking” through July 31. The exhibition includes a vast array of diverse and unique shoes from the past to the present, all from the museum’s permanent collection. The show explores both the cultural history and the meticulous craft of shoemaking. Venerable traditions such as leatherworking are joined by the latest materials and technologies, including 3-D printing, to create shoes that are wearable sculptures.
500 South Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202; 704.337.2000; www.mintmuseum.org.
THE KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM hosts “Focus: Fiber 2016” through July 3. This juried exhibit of contemporaryfiber art is coordinated by Textile Art Alliance (TAA), an affiliate of the Cleveland Museum of Art. It is an active organization of artists, designers, craftspeople, educators, and collectors with an interest in the textile and fiber arts. TAA has mounted an exhibition of members’ work since 1936. Forty-seven artists have provided fifty-six works of contemporary fiber art, including weaving, basketry, quilts, tapestry, felting, embroidery, and more. While not displaying clothing, the textural and sculptural innovations in fiber are an inspiration for surface design. The juror was Jane Sauer, artist and former gallery owner of Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Also showing at the museum are “Inside Out: Revealing Clothing’s Hidden Secrets” showing through July 31, and “Flapper Style: 1920s Fashion” through September 4.
515 Hilltop Dr., Kent, OH 44242; 330.672.3450; www.kent.edu/museum.
THE COSTUME SOCIETY OF AMERICA hosts its 42nd Annual Meeting and Symposium in Cleveland from May 24 – 29. Titled “The Full Cleveland: Dress as Communication, Self-Expression and Identity,” the symposium’s focus is on how dress communicates both individuality and identity, whether as part of a group or as an outsider. The symposium takes place at the Wyndham Cleveland.
THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART presents “Vlisco: African Fashion on a Global Stage” from April 30 through January 22, 2017. This exhibition explores the Vlisco company’s fashion designs, follows the creation of a new textile, and showcases a selection of contemporary fashions by African and European makers as well as Vlisco’s in-house design team.
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130; 215.763.8100; www.philamuseum.org.
THE METAL MUSEUM presents “Inches From the Earth”, a new exhibition on creepy-crawlers and various flora showing through July 10. From jewelry to sculpture, these artworks remind the viewer of their place within the natural world. Motivated by curiosity to observe and collect elements of nature, the artists in this exhibition appreciate the complexities of the textures, colors and forms found in plants and insects. Some artists marvel at the mystery and random chaos of nature while others find intentionality in the mathematics and science of these small living forms. The artwork is a fusion of science and artistic imagination.
374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis, Tennessee 38106; 901.774.6380; www.metalmuseum.org.
THE METAL MUSEUM presents "Iron for Honor: Cast Iron Jewelry from the Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art" from August 14 through November 6. Curated by Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, Ph.D., Iron for Honor showcases 38 pieces of European cast-iron jewelry from the collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Around 1810, the three Royal Prussian Iron Foundries began to produce delicate cast-iron jewelry, which became enormously popular during the Wars of Liberation against Napoleon’s hegemony in Europe. Citizens were encouraged to relinquish their precious metals to help fund the war effort and were given iron jewelry in exchange. Some pieces included the inscription, Gold gab ich für Eisen (I gave gold for iron) or Zum Wohl des Vaterlandes (For the welfare of our country). By donating their gold jewelry in exchange for similar pieces cast in iron, Prussian citizens, particularly women, could actively participate in the war effort. Although not successful, a cast-iron revival was attempted in 1916 to help fund Germany during World War I. At this time, gold was traded for an iron medallion that read I give gold towards our defense effort and I take iron for honor.
374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis, Tennessee 38106; 901.774.6380; www.metalmuseum.org.
FACERE JEWELRY ART GALLERY presents “A Meeting of Minds” from May 11 through May 31. This exhibition is a celebration of artistic relationships, dialogue and cooperation. The show will feature the collaborative work of nine artist pairs who support each other in various creative contexts, whether directly in the making process or behind the scenes. The artist teams that make up the exhibit are Dan Adams & Cynthia Toops, Jana Brevick & Hahn Rossman, Gabriel Craig & Amy Weiks, Steven Ford & David Forlano, Janis Kerman & Erin Wahed, Robin Kranitzky & Kim Overstreet, Devon Paget & Julie Speidel, Jacquie Rice & Uosis Juodvalkis, and David & Roberta Williamson.
1420 Fifth Ave., Suite 108, Seattle, WA 98101; 206.624.6768; www.facerejewelryart.com.
THE TACOMA ART MUSEUM hosts “Saddles, Spurs, and Quirts: The Art of Leatherworking” through June 26. In a display of highly decorated saddles, bridles, quirts, and spurs, this exhibition demonstrates how everyday items of cowboy culture become an impetus for complex design, ornamentation and collaboration between artists. With this selection of embellished equestrian objects borrowed from a regional private collection, makers from Mexico to Oregon bridge the divide between art and function, showcasing the creativity of contemporary cowboy culture in North America.
1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402; 253.272.4258; www.tacomaartmuseum.org.
BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM hosts “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair” from May 20 through August 14. The Ebony Fashion Fair began in 1958. Over the next fifty years, the traveling fashion show blossomed into an American institution that raised millions for charity, helped Johnson Publishing Company reach broader audiences, and redefined the concepts of beauty, style and empowerment for African-Americans.
510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, WA 98004; 425.519.0770; www.bellevuearts.org.
THE RACINE ART MUSEUM presents “Paper/Plastic: Contemporary Adornment” through June 5. Jewelry can be made of almost any material—whatever a person would want to use for adornment. Some materials may be more valuable, durable or wearable than others, but if the intent is present, most things can be manipulated to be worn. The exhibition reflects a variety of approaches to using nontraditional materials, from the Pijanowskis’ neckpiece made of Japanese papercord (mizuhiki) to the plastic 3-D printed ring by Arthur Hash.
441 Main St., Racine, WI 53403; 262.638.8300; www.ramart.org.
THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM features “Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced” through August 28. This is the first exhibition to explore the work of this internationally acclaimed Australian fashion designer. Featuring ensembles, accessories and archival material from the museum’s collection and Dinnigan’s personal archive, the exhibit presents her signature lace and embellished designs in a series of themed sets.
500 Harris St., Ultimo, Sydney, New South Wales 1238, Australia; 02.9217.0444; www.powerhousemuseum.com.
THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM hosts “¡Viva México! Clothing & Culture” through May 23. Over one hundred fifty historic and contemporary pieces are on display, including complete costume ensembles, serapes, rebozos, textiles, embroidery, and beadwork. The evolution of Mexican fashion reflects the history of Mexico, where the textile arts reach back over many centuries. Contemporary Mexican textiles owe their vitality to the fusion of traditions.
100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2C6; 416.586.8000; www.rom.on.ca/en.
THE MUSEUM AT KOLDINGHUS shows “FABERGÉ: The Tsar’s Jeweller and the Connections to the Danish Royal Family” from May 12 through September 25. The exhibition presents approximately one hundred objects, including heirlooms borrowed from members of the Danish royal family, who own many Fabergé pieces due to their familial ties to the Russian tsars.
Markdanersgade 11, Kolding, Denmark 6000; 0045.76.33.81.00; www.koldinghus.dk/uk.
SCHMUCKMUSEUM PFORZHEIM displays “A Motley Crew: New Pieces from the Collection” through June 12. Ten years ago, Pforzheim’s jewelry museum reopened after a period of redesign and expansion. Since then, thanks to acquisitions, permanent loans or donations, it has been able to add more than four hundred new pieces to its collection. This exhibition spotlights a selection of these works, of historical and contemporary jewelry of every description.
Jahnstrasse 42, Pforzheim, Germany d-75173; 49.0.7126.96.36.199; www.schmuckmuseum.de.
THE BRITISH MUSEUM shows “Life And Sole: Footwear From The Islamic World” through May 15. Approximately twenty-five pairs of shoes, slippers, sandals, clogs, and boots from North Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Central Asia, and South Asia are being shown together for the first time. Dating from 1800 onwards, they demonstrate the important role footwear has always played in the social and cultural life of people living in these regions. The display presents a variety of regional styles, materials, embellishments, and shoe manufacturing traditions.
Great Russell St., London, England WC1B 3DG; 44.20.7323.8299; www.britishmuseum.org.
THE VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM hosts “Undressed:
A Brief History of Underwear” through March 12, 2017. From the custom-made, such as a rare example of home-made ‘stays’ worn by working women in England in the eighteenth century, to pieces by current designers including Stella McCartney,
Rigby & Peller and Paul Smith, the exhibition explores the relationship between underwear and fashion. It covers notions of the ideal body, and the ways that cut, fit, fabric, and decoration can reveal issues of gender, sex and morality.
Cromwell Rd., London, England SW7 2RL; 44.20.7942.2000; www.vam.ac.uk.
THE ILIAS LALAOUNIS JEWELRY MUSEUM presents “New Territories” through May 15. This exhibition brings together fifty established and emerging Greek studio jewelry artists. The current economic unrest in Greece has provided a catalyst that has found Greek artists pursuing issues related to disaster, hope and renewal. Some seek a more romantic side of contemporary making and address environmental issues, using driftwood and dried flowers. Many of the artists have become involved in teaching classes in order to pass on their skills. Despite adversity, or perhaps because of it, the artists in this exhibit have found inspiration and a new voice.
Karyatidon 4a – Kallisperi 12 St., Acropolis 117-42, Athens, Greece; 30.21.0922.1044; www.lalaounis-jewelrymuseum.gr/en.
THE NATIONALMUSEUM SWEDEN displays “Open Space – Mind Maps: Positions in Contemporary Jewellery” through May 15. Thirty artists from the international scene present jewelry and conceptual works, complemented with examples from the museum’s collection. About one hundred sixty pieces are on display. The selection of artists also covers the foremost academies and universities in the field of jewelry.
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2, Stockholm, Sweden 111 48; 46.8.519.543.00; www.nationalmuseum.se/sv/English-startpage.