The Art of Fashion

This spring, enjoy a weekend with a bit of arts and culture. Take a long afternoon or a weekend to explore one of the several inspiring fashion exhibitions debuting in NYC. From a glimpse into the collaborative world of art and fashion to an examination of footwear fascinations, these exhibits are not to be missed.

Originally shown last year at Paris’s Musee d’Orsay, the “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” exhibition explores the relevant relationship between fashion and the Impressionist art period. With eighty paintings from the likes of Manet, Monet and Renoir, the exhibit offers a revealing look at the significant role fashion played in the works of the Impressionists. Period costumes and accessories will accompany the artwork from the mid-1860’s -1880’s. The exhibition also sheds light on the evolution of Paris as the emerging style capital of the world. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February 26 – May 27, 2013.

This year the Metropolitan Museum of Art will once more celebrate its Costume Institute with the “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibition. The curators have chose to highlight the rise of punk and its significance in London and New York’s fashion scenes from its birth in the 1970s to its influence on street style and high fashion today. With over 100 men and women’s designs, the exhibit will juxtapose original punk fashion with contemporary garments to indicate the lasting influence of the bold and brash fashions. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 9 – August 11, 2013.

For those of us with a fixation on footwear, the Museum at FIT’s “Shoe Obsession” exhibition examines the ever-growing fascination with luxury and fashion-forward shoes. As the accessories market continues to outgrow its ready-to-wear counterparts, this exhibition is a relevant view of the shift in the fashion industry. With bestsellers like Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin, the show will present over 150 examples of contemporary lavish footwear that continues to be coveted by the fashion elite and consumers alike. The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) New York, February 8 – April 13, 2013.

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