7 Fashion Exhibits to See this Summer

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Manish Arora, Detail of top, Spring 2006, New Delhi

Global Fashion Capitals
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Through November 15

London, Milan, New York, and Paris have long been the seats of power in the fashion world, but as new financial centers are coming into play on the global stage, so too are new style hubs emerging— think Istanbul, Lagos, Seoul, Shanghai, Berlin, Johannesburg, Mumbai, and Stockholm. In its wide-reaching summer exhibition, Global Fashion Capitals, Manhattan’s Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology takes a look at each major dot on the fashion map and the designers that made it such. After charting how design houses such as Chanel, Prada, Dior, and Ralph Lauren and fashion publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Women’s Wear Daily set the stage in Europe and the U.S., the exhibition moves to modern and emerging designers who are pushing fashion into new, global territories, such as Lie Sangbong, Alexandre Herchcovitch, and Carla Fernández, who are presently driving the fashion scenes in Korea, Brazil, and Mexico respectively. On display is a carefully chosen assemblage of archetypal pieces, starting with Chanel suits, Louboutin shoes, and Alexander McQueen corsets before graduating to the androgynous works of Dries Van Noten from the Antwerp 6 period, geometric frocks from Rei Kawakubo during the Japanese fashion revolution of the 1980s, and patchwork garments of Bollywood motifs from Manish Arora.

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