Style sightseeing: Not-to-miss fashion exhibitions

by Svetlana Legetic (D.C.)

I know 2012 has only just begun, but fantasy vacation planning is one of my favorite pastimes (this year’s resolution: actually take vacations). And as last year’s exquisite Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art taught us, there’s nothing like a little fashion sightseeing to make a girl feel inspired, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. So this year, I’m penciling in these exhibitions.

THE TOTAL LOOK: THE CREATIVE COLLABORATION BETWEEN RUDI GERNREICH, PEGGY MOFFIT AND WILLIAM CLAXTON

What you’ll see: Rudi Gernreich, creator of the monokini, pushed the boundaries of American fashion like no one before him. Discover Gernreich’s relationship with his muse, model Peggy Moffitt, and with Moffitt’s husband, photographer William Claxton, who often photographed her wearing Gernreich’s fashion-forward creations.

Where: MOCA Pacific Design Center (Los Angeles, CA)

When: February 26–May 20, 2012

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN

What you’ll see: 20 years of stilettos, boots and sneakers from the French designer responsible for that telltale red sole. Follow his entire design process, from concept to execution.

Where: Design Museum (London)

When: May 1–July 9, 2012

ELSA SCHIAPARELLI AND MIUCCIA PRADA: ON FASHION

What you’ll see: The Costume Institute follows up its spectacular McQueen show with an exhibit that compares and contrasts designs by these two legendary Italian fashion designers. Get lost in a sea of trompe l’oeil details, whimsical fastenings and unconventional fabrics that bridge two distinctly different eras.

Where: The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC)

When: May 10–August 19, 2012