THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON presents “Ancient Nubia Now,” from October 30, 2019 through January 20, 2020. Between 2500 B.C. and A.D. 300, a series of kingdoms flourished in what is today the Sudanese Nile Valley, a region known in antiquity as Kush and by modern scholars as Nubia. Ruling from the capitals of Kerma (2400–1550 B.C.), Napata (800–300 B.C.), and Meroe (300 B.C.–A.D. 300), Nubian kings and queens controlled vast empires and trade networks, rivalling—and even for a brief time conquering—their more famous neighbors, the Egyptians. The Nubians left behind the remains of cities, temples, palaces, and pyramids, and their artists and craftspeople produced magnificent jewelry, pottery, metalwork, furniture, and sculpture. The museum played a key role in bringing ancient Nubia to light, undertaking excavations at ancient Nubian sites in southern Egypt and northern Sudan between 1910 and 1930. The museum also hosts "Boston Made Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork" through March 29, 2020. Beginning as a reaction against the dehumanizing effects of industrialization, the international Arts and Crafts movement spurred a renaissance of handcraftsmanship in Boston at the turn of the twentieth century. As part of this movement, the city quickly emerged as one of the most active and influential artistic jewelry-making and metalworking communities in the nation.
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115; 617.267.9300; www.mfa.org.
PHOENIX ART MUSEUM features “Antonio: The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration,” through January 5, 2020. Featuring more than one hundred original drawings, photographs, and magazines, this is the multimedia exhibition of ANTONIO, the signature that represented the collaborative creative work of fashion designers Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos. The installation features their artistic, editorial, and commercial work created from the 1960s through the 1980s for publications and retailers such as Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, French Elle, Harper’s Bazaar Italia, L’Uomo Vogue, Vanity, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdales.
1625 North Central Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85004; 602.257.1880; www.phxart.org.
THE CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS MARKET began as an invitational crafts marketing event in 1986 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, which shut down in 2013 for renovation. The show then moved to the Pasadena Convention Center. The Contemporary Crafts Market will have its final show from November 1-3, 2019, due to the retirement of the principals Roy Helms and Chris Andrews.
300 East Green Street, Pasadena, California 91101; 626.793.2122; www.craftsource.net.
THE FOWLER MUSEUM AT UCLA features “Guatemalan Masks: Selections from the Jim and Jeanne Pieper Collection,” through October 6, 2019. Traditional Guatemalan dance-dramas come to life in a vivid installation of eighty wood masks depicting animals, folk personae and historical figures that are deeply rooted in Guatemalan religiosity and popular culture.
308 Charles E. Young Drive North, Los Angeles, California 90024; 310.825.4361; www.fowler.ucla.edu.
MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM is currently closed for renovations. Shop Mingei, the museum’s store, has moved to a new location in Liberty Station, near Point Loma, where a selection of both contemporary and ethnographic, ethically sourced decorative arts, books, clothing and jewelry are available for purchase.
Dick Laub NTC Command Center, Building 200, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego, California 92106; 619.239.0003; www.mingei.org.
THE JOHN AND MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART exhibits “The Fabric of India,” through Oct. 13, 2019. It showcases the variety, technical sophistication and adaptability of Indian textiles from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. The exhibit features more than one hundred forty examples drawn from the internationally-renowned holdings of London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and international partners. Historical dress, carefully preserved fabrics and current fashion are displayed.
5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34243; 941.359.5700; www.ringling.org.
SCAD FASH MUSEUM OF FASHION AND FILM hosts “Form & Function: Shoe Art by Chris Francis,” through December 8, 2019. This exhibition of iconic footwear by the Los Angeles-based shoe designer puts a further spotlight on this playful artist. Francis blurs the line between art and fashion, implementing unconventional techniques and materials. Strong colors, bold shapes and sharp lines are all characteristic of his sculptural, even architectural, designs.
1600 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309; 404.253.3132; www.scadfash.org.
FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM presents “Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty,” through March 29, 2020. This invitational exhibition marks the institution’s “golden anniversary” as it probes the history of gold as an artistic material, as well as its cultural, historical and political associations. The inclusion of gold in the selected works reveals clear intention and purpose, rather than being used for purely decorative effect. In each case gold serves as the subject, as well as a material property of the work.
455 Oak St., Brockton, Massachusetts 02301;508.588.6000; www.fullercraft.org.
PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM’s Fashion and Design gallery invites visitors to consider that we are creatures who continually manipulate, respond to, and mold our changing world. Whether designing for self-adornment or for use, this installation, showing through January 1, 2022 unifies two traditionally disparate collecting fields to better understand what underlies our motivations and capacity for designing ourselves and the world around us. Ensembles from the Iris Apfel Rare Bird of Fashion collection celebrate the remixing and styling of one of the world’s most prominent fashion icons.
East India Square, 161 Essex St., Salem, Massachusetts 01970; 978.745.9500; www.pem.org.
MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ART presents "Romance and Heroism: Theatrical Robes from Late Imperial China," through September 29, 2019. During the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911), classical Chinese plays generally featured singing, dancing, music, and acrobatics. But some the most important elements were the costumes. Elaborate and colorful, theatrical costumes were exaggerated versions of real-life attire—familiar yet fantastical—and historical accuracy was secondary to drama and opulence. These intricate clothes are on display.
2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404; 888.642.2787; new.artsmia.org.
MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN presents “The World of Anna Sui,” through February 23, 2020. Born and raised in Detroit, educated and discovered in New York, Anna Sui reinvented pop culture fashion with her signature rock-and-roll romantic label in the 1990s and has remained a design icon ever since. Sui’s unique approach to creating narratives through her work comes from being a self-taught historian of culture, art and fashion. She samples music, books, exhibitions, movies, time periods, photography, and art movements in her designs. Sui has explored wide-ranging materials and inspirations, including papier-mâché mannequin heads; linens by Vera; Claire McCardell sportswear; army surplus jackets; Japanese hankies; qipao dresses; wood-soled platforms from Goody Two-Shoes; the style of Jane Holzer, Zandra Rhodes, and Anita Pallenberg; and Minnie Mouse.
2 Columbus Circle, New York, New York 10019; 212. 299.7777; www.madmuseum.org.
THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM OF ART hosts “Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion,” through January 5, 2020, which traces the career of one of the fashion world’s most innovative designers, one whose futuristic designs and efforts to democratize high fashion for the masses pushed the boundaries of the industry for more than seven decades. The retrospective exhibition features over one hundred seventy objects that date from the 1950s to the present, including haute couture and ready-to-wear garments, accessories, photographs, film, and other materials drawn primarily from the Pierre Cardin archive.
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052; 718.501.6354; www.brooklynmuseum.org.
COOPER HEWITT, SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM presents “Iridescence,” extended through October 27, 2019. The term iridescence derives from Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow, and refers to a vibrant optical effect of rainbow-like colors that change in the light. Found on pearls and insect wings, iridescence draws from and celebrates the natural world’s multidimensional colors and organic forms. Since the Middle Ages, designers have experimented with ways to achieve an iridescent effect on the surface of glass and ceramics and incorporated naturally iridescent materials such as mother of pearl into their jewelry and metalwork. This exhibition demonstrates how iridescence has maintained a lasting impact on design.
2 E. 91st St., New York, New York 10128; 212.849.8351; www.cooperhewitt.org.
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART displays “Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection,” through October 6, 2019. The exhibition showcases one hundred sixty pieces representing artists from more than fifty cultures across North America. Ranging in date from the second to the early twentieth century, the Diker Collection contains a significant amount of dress and items of personal adornment.
1000 Fifth Ave., New York, New York 10028; 212.535.7710; www.metmuseum.org.
MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEW YORK hosts “Paris, Capital of Fashion,” through January 4, 2020. The exhibition explores how and why Paris became the international capital of fashion. It features seventy-five fashion ensembles, dating from the eighteenth century to the present, as well as accessories. The first section focuses on the rise of the Paris fashion system in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, while the second section explores the growth of the Paris fashion system with its many métiers de la mode and its increased focus on feminine fashion.
Seventh Avenue at 27th St., New York, New York 10001; 212.217.4558; www.fitnyc.edu/museum.
THE MINT MUSEUM UPTOWN, in collaboration with The Young Affiliates, hosts the fourth annual art show, “Coined in the South,” from October 11, 2019 through February 16, 2020. The title of the show refers not only to museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the act of inventing and/or devising. The purpose of this show is simple: to bridge the gap between the museum, the gallery, and the studio and to showcase fresh and innovative works that have not yet been seen by a broader audience. Unconfined to any aesthetic, theme, or medium, this show seeks to be a platform for both established and emerging artists currently working in and/or from the Southeast.
500 South Tryon St., Charlotte, North Carolina 28202; 704.337.2000; www.mintmuseum.org.
KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM features “Wearing Justice” through May 31, 2020. As part of the 50th year commemoration of May 4, the KSU School of Fashion and Merchandising is presenting designs by faculty and students that use fashion to create a dialogue about war and peace, political discourse, conflict resolution and social justice today.
515 Hilltop Dr., Kent, Ohio 44242; 330.672.3450; www.kent.edu/museum.
OHIO CRAFT MUSEUM features “Gifts of the Craftsmen,” part exhibition, part sale from November 3 through December 23, 2019. Visitors will see on exhibit one-of-a-kind and limited-edition jewelry, ceramics, art glass, clothing and more, all made in America by fine craft artists. Special holiday hours throughout the exhibition are 10 – 5 Monday through Saturday, 12 – 4 on Sundays. The museum is a program of the Ohio Designer Craftsmen.
1665 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43212; 614.486.4402; www.ohiocraft.org.
THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART presents “Off the Wall: American Art to Wear” from November 9, 2019 through May 17, 2020. Focusing on iconic works made during the three decades between 1967 and 1997, the exhibition features over one hundred one-of-a-kind pieces by more than fifty artists. Coming of age during the dramatic cultural shifts of the 1960s and 1970s, the people in this distinctively American movement explored nontraditional materials and techniques to create adventurous, deeply imaginative worn art. The exhibit is arranged in nine sections; the titles of some are derived from popular music of the 1960s and 1970s to suggest the wide-ranging concerns of the artists.
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130; 215.763.8100; www.philamuseum.org.
THE DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART hosts “Dior: From Paris to the World” through October 27, 2019. Since his debut collection, art gallerist turned legendary couturier Christian Dior has generated a movement in fashion history. The exhibition surveys more than seventy years of the House of Dior’s legacy, featuring a dynamic selection of almost two hundred haute couture dresses, as well as accessories, photographs, original sketches, runway videos, and other archival material.
1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas, Texas 75201; 214.922.1200; www.dma.org.
FACERE JEWELRY ART GALLERY, the iconic gallery Karen Lorene opened in the ground floor of the City Centre building in 1992, will move at the first of the New Year to the studios of Green Lake Jewelry Works. For forty-six years the gallery has been curating heirlooms and modern jewelry art for collectors and last-minute shoppers alike.
1420 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101; 206.624.6768; www.facerejewelryart.com.
THE MARYHILL MUSEUM OF ART presents “Théâtre de la Mode,” through November 15, 2019. Created as a means to re-build France’s fashion industry after the devastation of World War II, this exhibition shows one-third human-size mannequins wearing fashions created by the country’s finest designers. First debuted at Louvre’s Museum of Decorative Arts in 1945, the show toured Europe and the US in 1946. Afterwards, the sets were destroyed, but the mannequins were saved by Alma de Bretteville Spreckels who championed their acquisition by Maryhill Museum of Art. The museum is now home to nine re-built sets and restored mannequins.
35 Maryhill Museum Dr., Goldendale, Washington 98620; 509.773.3733; www.maryhillmuseum.org.
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART displays “Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women” beginning October 24. In the cities of the West African nation of Senegal, stylish women have often used jewelry as part of an overall strategy of exhibiting their elegance and prestige. Rooted in the Wolof concept of sañse (dressing up, looking and feeling good), the exhibition examines the production, display and circulation of gold in Senegal as it celebrates a significant gift of gold jewelry to the museum’s collection.
950 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20560; 202.633.4600; africa.si.edu.
THE TEXTILE MUSEUM opens “Fast Fashion/Slow Art” in the Corcoran Flagg Building through December 15, 2019. Sustainability has become a pressing issue in fashion, and especially “fast fashion”—inexpensive, trendy clothing produced for a mass market. The museum is joining forces with George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design to present a new exhibition and series of programs that examine today’s garment industry. This exhibition explores issues of waste, consumerism and the human cost of mass production through eleven films and video installations by national and international artists.
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, 500 17th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006; 202.994.5200; www.museum.gwu.edu.
THE RACINE ART MUSEUM features “Fusion: Contemporary Enamels from RAM's Collection,” through October 6, 2019. With an ever-growing collection, the museum is consistently acquiring examples of contemporary jewelry and metal hollowware, incorporating a range of styles and techniques. This exhibition offers a brief survey of the enamel works available in the museum’s holdings.
441 Main St., Racine, Wisconsin 53403; 262.638.8300; www.ramart.org.
DESIGN MUSEUM GENT presents “Hybrid Heads,” until January 5, 2020. Headdresses and coverings are among the most powerful vehicles of cultural identity, whether of nationality, gender, ethnicity, religion, profession, or subculture. In this exhibition, designer Daniela Dossi questions the symbolic, political and social values of contemporary headdresses by compiling an extensive archive of press photos from around the world. Starting from this, she developed a decoding method and open design system to create dynamic cultural identities. Together with Dossi, participants from diverse backgrounds and origins produced eight hundred textile samples by hand with different techniques.
Jan Breydelstraat 5, Gent 9000, Belgium; 32.9.267.99.99; www.designmuseumgent.be/en.
AGA KHAN MUSEUM shows “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa,” through February 23, 2020. The exhibition draws on recent archaeological discoveries, showcasing fragments excavated in major African trading centres. These “fragments in time” are displayed alongside stunning works of art from around the world that invite us to imagine the fragments as they once were, to reconsider treasures from the Western canon, and to see the past and present in a new light. It transforms long-standing narratives about the medieval world and fills a critical gap in our understanding of world history.
77 Wynford Dr., Toronto, ON M3C 1K1, Canada; 416.646.4677; www.agakhanmuseum.org.
THE BATA SHOE MUSEUM hosts through 2019 “Art and Innovation: Traditional Arctic Footwear from the Bata Shoe Museum Collection”. Over forty distinct cultural groups have thrived in the Arctic landscape for centuries. Their diverse footwear and clothing were created to meet environmental challenges and express cultural meanings. Drawing from the museum’s extensive circumpolar holdings and building upon information gathered during field research trips to each Arctic nation, this exhibition showcases a variety of footwear, garments and tools, highlighting the artistry and ingenuity of the makers, and revealing different cultural identities, crafting techniques and spiritual meanings.
327 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W7, Canada; 416.979.7799; www.batashoemuseum.ca.
CALAIS LACE MUSEUM presents “Olivier Theyskens: In Presentia” through January 5, 2020. The exhibition examines the contemporary uses by fashion designers of lace woven on Leavers looms. Mechanical laces have been in use for two hundred years, and have had a long history of use by fashion houses. Clothing from thirteen fashion designers is presented.
135 Quai du Commerce, Calais 62100, France;
MUSÉE DES CONFLUENCES shows “Headdresses from around the World, Antoine de Galbert’s donation,” through March 15, 2020. Humanity covers its head; extraordinary and sometimes spectacular, headdresses offer protection from weather and also provide symbolic protection.
86 Quai Perrache, Lyon 69002, France; 184.108.40.206.12.12; www.museedesconfluences.fr.
NEUES MUSEUM hosts “The Crown of Kerch: Treasures from the Dawn of European History,” through September 25, 2019. A selection from the collection of Johannes von Diergardt is on view again in Berlin for the first time in eighty years, returning to the city where they were displayed until 1934. Gold jewelry from the migration period found near the Black Sea, silver brooches and magnificent belts from early medieval graves in France, Italy, Spain, and Germany are presented.
Bodestrasse 1-3, Berlin 10178, Germany; 220.127.116.116.424242; www.smb.museum/en.
THE SCHMUCKMUSEUM PFORZHEIM presents “A Newly Ordered World: Jewellery from the Napoleonic Era” from October 19, 2019 through March 1, 2020. The jewelry of this era was very different from that created before the French Revolution: it was more unobtrusive, but no less precious; rather, it was even more valuable. Its formal idiom was reminiscent of the Biedermeier style: delicate and, unlike Baroque jewelry, simple and finely crafted, gilded and sometimes embellished with intaglios and laurel leaves. On exhibit are diadems and representative necklaces, plus a belt typical of the time, enhanced with malachite and intaglios, which was fastened at the wearer’s back with silk bands. Fashion lithographs and magazines illustrate the correlation between jewelry, fashion and politics.
Jahnstraße 42, Pforzheim 75173, Germany; 49.7231.392126; www.schmuckmuseum.de/en.html.
VÖLKLINGEN IRONWORKS presents “Pharaohs’ Gold: 3,000 Years of Ancient Egypt,” through November 24, 2019. Comprising one hundred sixty individual works, this exhibition presents an array of golden treasures of ancient Egyptian origin. The exhibit marks the first time that the pieces have been showcased in this way, offering an entirely new perspective on gold in ancient Egypt and the enormous religious and symbolic power that was attributed to it.
Rathausstraße 75-79, Völklingen 66333, Germany;49.6898.9100100; www.voelklinger-huette.org/en.
COLCHESTER CASTLE MUSEUM exhibits “Adorn: Jewellery, The Human Story,” through February 16, 2020. From Bronze Age torques to modern bling, people have adorned themselves with jewelry for thousands of years. This exhibition brings together objects from collections across the region to reveal the jewelry worn by the people of Essex through time. Meet modern makers and local people to discover the inspiration and personal stories of love, friendship, loss, and status behind the jewelry we wear. Featuring loans from the British Museum and other major collections.
Castle Park, Essex CO1 1TJ, England; 44.1206.282939; www.colchester.cimuseums.org.uk.
THE VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM features “Mary Quant,” through January 27, 2019. From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over two hundred garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer's personal archive.
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, England; 44.20.7942.2000; www.vam.ac.uk.
THE ANTIQUARIUM OF HERCULANEUM opens for the first time to the public, presenting “Splendors: The Luxury in the Ornaments,” through September 30, 2019. The exhibit offers a glimpse of the life of Herculanean society through its precious objects, not only in the strict sense but all that they represented in terms of wealth, economic value, social, and personal content. It includes jewelry and other objects previously in storage, as well as loans from the National Archaeological Museum in Naples and the Moregine silver treasure from Pompeii.
Corso Resina, Ercolano, NA 80056, Italy; 39.081.777.7008; www.rome.net/herculaneum.
HERMITAGE AMSTERDAM hosts “Jewels! Glittering at the Russian Court,” through March 15, 2020. Almost every type of precious stone is on display, turned into jewelry and accessories, worn by Russian high society, together with richly decorated ball gowns, imperial costumes and majestic portraits.
Amstel 51, Amsterdam 1018 EJ, The Netherlands; 31.20.530.8755; www.hermitage.nl/en.
MUSEUM HET VALKHOF shows “Jewellery from the Bottom,” through December 31, 2019. Gold jewelry has existed in Gelderland since 2300 B.C., but remained rare until Roman times. It often indicated contacts with other peoples, like within the Celtic area. Bronze jewelry originates around 1800 B.C. for neckrings, bracelets and decorative pins, used to fasten clothing. By comparing jewelry with preserved paintings and sculptures, the exhibition explores how these works of adornment were worn.
Kelfkensbos 59, Nijmegen, TB 6511, Netherlands; 18.104.22.1680.8805; www.museumhetvalkhof.nl/english.html.
RIJKSMUSEUM VAN OUDHEDEN presents “Unknown Collection from Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern Europe” through April 30, 2020. This exhibition provides an overview of the collecting history of the Ancient Europe collection. This forgotten museum collection consists of objects that come from all parts of Europe and that date from prehistoric times, Roman times, and the Middle Ages. You will see swords from Denmark, rare Scythian jewelry, German grave finds from the Merovingian Age, celts, and remarkable finds from Hungary.
Rapenburg 28, 2311 EW Leiden, Netherlands; 31.71.516.3163; www.rmo.nl/en.
NATIONAL WOW MUSEUM hosts “World of WearableArt 2018,” until November 2019, with over sixty garments from the 2018 World of WearableArt Awards Show. The competition attracts entries from over forty countries each year. Anything that is wearable art can find a place on the stage, as long as it is original, innovative and well executed. The exhibition presents the competition winners in a venue that takes over New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington.
1 Cadillac Way, Annesbrook, Nelson, New Zealand; 64.3.547.4573; www.wowcars.co.nz.