COOPER HEWITT, SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM hosts “Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse” through April 16, 2017. This exhibit presents the work of three designers who put sustainability at the heart of the design process: Luisa Cevese, founder of Riedzioni in Milan; Christina Kim, founder of dosa, in Los Angeles; and Reiko Sudo, managing director at NUNO in Tokyo. Each designer’s practice involves innovative and sophisticated reuse of textile materials and resources, while engaging in preservation of local craft traditions. Through more than forty works, the exhibition explores key facets of sustainability, such as the efficient use of materials and resources, the preservation of local craft traditions and the integration of new technologies in the recycling process. Shown are Luisa Cevese working on Spread Threads mat, installation view at the Cooper Hewitt, and a basket bag designed by Luisa Cevese.
2 East 91st Street, New York, New York 10128; 212.849.8400;

PHOENIX ART MUSEUM hosts “Eye on Fashion: The Kelly Ellman Collection” through February 26, 2017. A collector of fashion, Kelly Ellman’s contributions to the museum’s fashion archives have been among the most significant in its history. Showcasing Ellman’s influence on the collection, the exhibition features some of her donations from a total of over six hundred items.
1625 North Central Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85004; 602.257.1880;

SILK ROAD GEM & JEWELRY SHOW, during the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show, will be the site of a mini-bead conference, February 1, 2017, 6:30 PM – 9 PM at a tent outside of the Ballroom, Grand Luxe Hotel. Speakers Walker Qin, Thomas Stricker, Bassem Elias, Karen King, and Kate Fowle Meleney will discuss bead collecting and marketing in China and Asia, the United States and other countries, the auction market, and glass beads in the United States. Floor Kaspers will talk about the European bead industry. Robert K. Liu, coeditor of Ornament, moderates. Presentations will be Powerpoint for fifteen minutes, with five minute question/answer periods.
1365 W Grant Rd., Tucson, Arizona 85745.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART presents “Beyond Bling: Jewelry From the Lois Boardman Collection” through February 5, 2017. The exhibition showcases an assemblage of contemporary studio jewelry from the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The exhibition features a selection of fifty works from the gift of over three hundred pieces donated by collector Lois Boardman.
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90036; 323.857.6010;

METAL ARTS SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (MASSC) will host the Robert Liu Matrix Workshop on Saturday, February 18, 2017 in Orange County, California. Workshop information, registration, location and further details will be available on the MASSC website. Liu will teach students how to combine hi-tech polyester films with wire matrix to form lightweight and volumetric earrings and pendants.

OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA features “Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture” through April 2, 2017. The exhibition explores the significance, complex design history, and evolution of these shoes. View more than one hundred forty iconic sneakers from the nineteenth century to the present, including selections from Adidas, Nike, Puma, and Reebok, and renowned sneaker collectors—affectionately known as “sneakerheads”.
1000 Oak St., Oakland, California 94607; 888.625.6873;

THE DENVER ART MUSEUM presents “Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume” through April 2, 2017. The exhibition closely examines the captivating process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in all seven films of the Star Wars series—from Queen Amidala’s lavish gowns to Darth Vader’s imposing black armor.
100 W 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, Colorado 80204; 720.865.5000;

SCAD FASH MUSEUM OF FASHION AND FILM presents “Threads of History: Two Hundred Years of Fashion” through March 19, 2017. The exhibition features rare European and American garments from the eighteenth through twentieth centuries, and illuminates society’s shifting values as it traces the evolution of historic dress. Womenswear, menswear and children’s ensembles from a range of distinctive periods, from the ornate Rococo era and the grand Belle Époque to the glitzy Roaring ‘20s and the elegant New Look revolution following World War II, are on display.
1600 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309; 404.253.3132;

CEDAR RAPIDS MUSEUM OF ART hosts “Iowa Metals Guild Exhibition” through August 6, 2017. This juried exhibition was open to all artists who currently reside in Iowa, received their metal arts education in Iowa, or have taught metal arts in Iowa. From large-scale sculpture to jewelry, this exhibition showcases the artistry present in Iowa’s metalworkers. The exhibition can also be found online at
410 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401; 319.366.7503;

THE FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM presents “Playa Made: Burning Man Jewelry” from February 11 through June 4, 2017. This exhibition features jewelry created for or during the Burning Man Festival, an annual arts gathering, during which a temporary community is erected in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Jewelry is an integral part of the Burning Man festival and has many uses including trade, fostering personal connections and fulfilling the Gifting tenet (unconditional gifting of goods and services is a core tenet of the festival).
455 Oak St., Brockton, Massachusetts 02301; 508.588.6000;

PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM hosts “WOW® World of WearableArt™” from February 18 through June 11, 2017. For the last twenty-five years, New Zealand has hosted an annual design competition that challenges sculptors, costume designers, textile artists and makers of all stripes to explore the boundary between fashion and art, and to “get art off the walls and onto the body.” The exhibition presents thirty-two ensembles the competition’s most unique, spectacular and outlandish wearable artworks.
East India Square, 161 Essex St., Salem, Massachusetts 01970; 978.745.9500;

MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEW YORK hosts “Black Fashion Designers” through May 16, 2017. The exhibit examines the impact made by designers of African American descent on the world of fashion. Drawing exclusively from The Museum at FIT’s permanent collection, the exhibition features approximately seventy-five fashion objects that illustrate the individual styles of more than sixty designers, placing them within a wider fashion context. Objects date from the 1950s to the present, including mid-century evening gowns by Anne Lowe and the work of Patrick Kelly from the 1980s. Shown are a Duro Olowu ensemble, a dress by Patrick Kelly, and a wedding dress by Anne Lowe.
Seventh Avenue at 27th St., New York, New York 10001; 212.217.4558;

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART features “Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven” through January 8, 2017. This landmark exhibition demonstrates the key role that the Holy City played in shaping the art of the period from 1000 to 1400. It features some two hundred works of art, including several pieces of jewelry and jeweled objects, from sixty lenders worldwide. More than four dozen key loans come from Jerusalem’s diverse religious communities, some of which have never before shared their treasures outside their walls. This will be the only American venue for the show.
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10028; 212.535.7710;

THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN presents “Lauren Kalman: But if the Crime Is Beautiful…” through March 15, 2017. Taking up the subject of gold, specifically jewelry and adornment as representative of power, wealth and love, this exhibition is created by performance artist and metalsmith Lauren Kalman. In reference to Austrian architect Adolf Loos’ 1908 treatise “Ornament and Crime,” in which he declared decoration regressive and fit only for degenerates and criminals (this included women and minorities), Kalman commits a “crime” by covering the inside and outside of MAD’s jewelry cases with two thousand golden brass leaves.
2 Columbus Circle, New York, New York 10019; 212.299.7777;

TAFT MUSEUM OF ART hosts “Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris” from February 11 through May 14, 2017. The exhibit explores the intersection of French art, fashion and history. Seventy-five pieces of jewelry by Cartier, Lalique, Van Cleef & Arpels, and others will be on display. Featuring jewelry from the seventeenth through the mid-twentieth centuries, the exhibition traces changing styles from Baroque adornments through to Neoclassical pieces and modern Art Deco designs. Additional decorative objects, design drawings and prints illuminate the jewelry’s place and significance within French history and culture. Drawn from the collection of the Petit Palais, the creations reflect the work of artists, designers and entrepreneurs who made these pieces. Shown are a gold, emerald and enamel brooch by Husson, Amethyst Parure by an unknown artist and Victory Brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels.
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; 513.241.0343;

THE KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM hosts “Fashions of Southern Africa” through July 2, 2017. The exhibition brings together the work of fashion designers currently active in South Africa and Namibia to showcase the ways that people in southern Africa dress, make clothes and think about fashion. The exhibition looks beyond a simple binary between Western fashion and traditional African dress, revealing that there is original distinctive fashion in Africa.
515 Hilltop Drive, Kent, Ohio 44242; 330.672.3450;


WENDY STEVENS is the 2016 recipient of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show’s Ornament Magazine Prize for Excellence in Art to Wear. Stevens, who fashions immaculately constructed purses and smart phone cases from stainless steel (along with a healthy accompaniment of leather and other materials) is a craftswoman, dedicated to quality. Her handbags have a flair for an understated sense of humor, and Stevens coaxes innovative and unique designs out of every piece she makes. In 2015 the Ornament award was given to Ping Wu, who creates handmade knitwear. The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show takes place each November, and is one of the country’s premier events of wearable art and craft.

THE METAL MUSEUM features “Tributaries: Caitie Sellers” from January 29 through April 16, 2017. Caitie Sellers has spent nearly a decade documenting through sketches her experiences living in different countries, states and cities. Having always felt like a foreigner while residing briefly in each new location, Sellers seeks to find the familiar among common themes and ubiquitous materials such as brick, wire and asphalt. She transforms imagery of architecture and urban infrastructure into jewelry with her fine mastery of such metals as copper and silver.
374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis, Tennessee 38106; 901.774.6380;

VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS presents “The Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection of Jean Schlumberger” from February 11 through June 18, 2017. This exhibition of one hundred forty-five works from the public jewelry and objects collection of Rachel Lambert Mellon examines this twentieth-century designer and the inspiration he found in the natural world. Schlumberger became chief designer for Tiffany & Co. in 1956, where his ornaments became known for their whimsical interpretations of nature, particularly marine life.
200 North Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220; 804.340.1400;

FACÈRÉ JEWELRY ART GALLERY features “Celestial: Comets, Cupids, and Other Heavenly Bodies” from February 8 – 28, 2017. This exhibition of artist-made jewelry is inspired by the stellar outer realms, and promises the surreal, the sparkly and the out of this world. More than twenty-five artists will be participating in this venture through the cosmos.
1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 108, Seattle, Washington 98101; 206.624.6768;

THE TEXTILE MUSEUM AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY hosts “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair” from March 18 through July 24, 2017. This exhibition of fashion ensembles by leading designers tells the story of the fair’s creator Eunice W. Johnson, who overcame racial prejudice to bring global fashion to African-American audiences.
701 21st Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20052; 202.994.5200;

RACINE ART MUSEUM features “Made in Mexico: Contemporary Art Jewelers with Mexican Heritage” through February 5, 2017. This exhibition features the work of three artists who use nonprecious materials to explore their Mexican heritage. In addition to investigating ideas and issues that have personal meaning, Lorena Angulo, Jorge Manilla and Georgina Trevino create works that speak to the influence of collective histories and shared experiences.
441 Main Street, Racine, Wisconsin 53403, 262.638.8300;


BAUR FOUNDATION, MUSEUM OF FAR EASTERN ART presents “Jewels Of The Distant East: Gold Across the Seas” through February 26, 2017. Following “Jewellery from the Roof of the World” (2012), which covered the trail of the Silk Road, this exhibition traces the seafaring routes of this legendary trading circuit illustrated by archaeological and ethnic jewelry. More than three hundred examples of jewelry, from private collections, are displayed, as well as sculptures and textiles from the collections of the Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève and the Musée Barbier-Mueller. Shown are a wedding bracelet from Indonesia, Western Sumatra, a mamuli ornament from Indonesia, Eastern Sumba, and a kuwari disk and plaque of modesty, Indonesia, Sulawesi.
8 rue Munier-Romilly, Geneva 1206, Switzerland; 41.22.704.3282;

NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA presents “Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists” through February 26, 2017. The exhibition explores Viktor & Rolf’s radical conception of wearable art. Since forming their creative partnership in 1992, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren have gained critical acclaim for their cerebral and witty approach to couture. The exhibition, which coincides with the luxury fashion label’s twenty-fifth anniversary in 2017, explores the elements that make Viktor & Rolf designs unique in the contemporary fashion world.
180 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC 3006, Australia;;

GALERIE NOEL GUYOMARC’H celebrates its twentieth anniversary with the exhibition “20/20/20” through February 25, 2017. The exhibit features twenty Canadian and twenty international jewelry artists. It will feature work by internationally recognized jewelers such as Ramon Puig Cuyas of Spain, American artist Rebecca Hannon and Canada’s Paul McClure, who recently received the prestigious Saidye Bronfman Award. For over twenty years Guyomarc’h has acted as curator, advisor and promoter. He has organized more than ninety individual and group shows, including a number of traveling exhibitions. Regularly invited to give lectures
and sit on juries, he also acts as an appraiser for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, among others. Shown are Innate Gesture brooch by Kye-Yeon Son, and Wind from the South-West brooch by Silvia Walz.
4836 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R5, Canada; 514.840.9362;

BEIJING BEAD MUSEUM & LIBRARY was founded in early 2015 by Walker Qin, a bead enthusiast who has been collecting and doing bead research for a decade. He has visited around one hundred museums in more than sixty countries. This is the first bead museum in China and is now the only museum doing research on ancient culture through beads and ornaments. It has a collection of about four thousand beads, as well as ancient stamps and seals, and a library of about six hundred books and magazines. The private museum has invited many archaeologists, jewelry researchers and designers to visit and offers seminars to members and visitors on ancient art pertaining to its collections.
1-C-505, Beautiful Oriental Garden, No. 38, Songyu Nan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020, China; cell: +86 13901286088; email:

THE MUSEUM AT KOLDINGHUS presents “Knit Renaissance” through February 17, 2017. As part of the museum’s celebration of the four hundredth anniversary of King Christian IV’s knights’ assembly at Koldinghus in December 1616, the museum has invited the textile crafts group Netmaskerne to explore the topic of the Renaissance. In this juried exhibition Netmaskerne creates a series of outfits inspired by Renaissance culture.
Markdanersgade 11, Kolding, Denmark 6000; 0045.;

MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS hosts “Dress Code: When Clothing Becomes Scandal” from December 1, 2016 through April 23, 2017. With a selection of characteristic garments and fashion accessories, portraits, caricatures, advertisements, and a host of other objects, the exhibition explores the history of vestimentary liberties and offences, highlighting dress codes and moral values from the fourteenth century to today, from the royal courts to the street and magazines.
107, rue de Rivoli, Paris, France 75001;;

BRISTOL MUSEUM & ART GALLERY presents “Warrior Treasures: Saxon Gold from the Staffordshire Hoard” through April 23, 2017. The collection is part of the Staffordshire Hoard, considered one of the most significant Anglo-Saxon finds. It likely represents the spoils of war, fought in an ancient kingdom during the seventh century AD. It includes gold, silver and semiprecious gems from Anglo-Saxon weaponry.
Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RL, Great Britain; 44.117.922.3571;

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF MYKONOS hosts “Vanity: Stories of Jewelry in the Cyclades” through October 2017. This exhibit features jewelry from the sixth century BC to the 1970s, casting a spotlight on ancient Greek jewelry design and how it has inspired artists through time. The exhibition is organized by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades and features more than two hundred thirty pieces of jewelry as well as twelve specially-commissioned pieces from contemporary Greek craftsmen.
846 00 Mykonos, Kyklades, Greece; 30.2289.022325;

PERANAKAN MUSEUM features “Nyonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World” through March 26, 2017. This exhibition celebrates the art of nyonya needlework, a vibrant part of Peranakan Chinese heritage. Spectacular curtains and hangings, delicate purses, handkerchiefs, and slippers were painstakingly stitched with tiny beads, silk, gold and silver threads for special occasions and as gifts.
39 Armenian St., Singapore 179941; 65.6332.7591;


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