2012, the year of major fashion exhibitions around the world

Whether through an actual exhibition or a virtual one, major luxury fashion brands are pursuing existing exhibitions projects and inaugurating new ones in 2012. The fact that exhibitions are curated by world renowned art experts adds prestige and fame to the respective projects. 

Early December, Valentino Garavani, founder and ex creative director of Valentino inagurated a virtual museum dedicated to his entire career, the exhibition featuring iconic dresses, gowns, accessories, sketches and stage photos. Over 10 million downloads have already been made from the Valentino virtual museum, testimony to the real interest of the general public. 

From March 12th, the Fortuny Museum in Venice will host a special exhibition dedicated to Diana Vreeland, illustrating her immense contribution to the world of fashion. The exhibit covers Vreeland’s career, from 1979 as a consultant to the New York to Metropolitan Museum of Art to 1989, the year of her death.

The Design Museum in London welcomes in 2012 an exhibit dedicated to the career of French luxury shoemaker Christian Louboutin. Also in London, The Barbican will inagurate from April 17th ”Fifty Years of James Bond Style”. Outfits by Armani, Prada, Oscar de la Renta and Givenchy will be among those on display to illustrate the particular style of the James Bond character in the movie series imagined by Ian Fleming.

Groninger Museum in Groningen, The Netherlands, will continue to feature its unique retrospective exhibition of designer Azzedine Alaia, running until 6th May 2012. The Fashion Museum in Antwerpen will host in 2012 a restrospective exhibition of Belgian designer Walter van Beirendonck, entitled ”Dream the World Awake” (the exhibit will run until February 19th 2012.

The Fashion Museum in Antwerpen will unveil another exceptional exhibit entitled ”Living Fashion 1750/1950 – by Jacoba Desonge”. The exhibit will include a unique selection of historical costumes, documenting the history of fashion and its craftsmanship.

Early January, Silvia Venturini Fendi will inagurate the fourth edition of the annual LIMITED/UNLIMITED ehibition project. The exhibit will run through Alta Roma (Rome Fashion Week) and will be themed inspired by contemporary couture and avantgarde blending with traditional craftsmanship. Between January 28-31, a well known designer will be invited to exhibit rare pieces of past collections.