Domestic Affairs: Here Comes 2016!

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It’s only the second week of the new year and already there are some exciting exhibition announcements for fashion and textiles exhibitions!

The de Young Museum in San Francisco announced the dates for Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective. Announced last year shortly after the designer’s death, this exhibition will be opening in the textile galleries on March 12, 2016!

Currently on display at the de Young is Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali’i, which I reviewed here at Worn Through. A curator-led tour of the exhibition is the Costume Society of America-Western Region’s first program of the year, as well, which you can register for here. If you want to go on your own, the exhibition will be open until February 28, 2016.

Another major announcement here on the west coast are the opening dates for LACMA’s Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715 – 2015. The exhibition will open April 10, 2016. I personally have been waiting for this exhibition since 2011, when I heard they were researching it, so definitely look for a Domestic Affairs review!

Also in Los Angeles, the FIDM Museum has two exhibitions opening on February 9: the 24th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition and The Graceful Gift: The Mona Lee Nesseth Fan Collection. Both exhibitions will be at the main campus in downtown Los Angeles.

Exhibitions currently on display include the Met’s Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style which will be on display until February 21. If you are in New York you can also see Denim: Fashion’s Frontier which is on display at the Museum at FIT until May 7, having just opened December 1, 2015.

In Chicago, at the Art Institute of Chicago, Kesa: Buddhist Monks’ Vestments will be up through February 21.

In Philadelphia, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art their exhibition Art of the Zo: Textiles from Myanmar, India, and Bangladesh opened in November last year and will be on display until March 20.

What events and exhibitions are happening near you? Please feel free to share them with Worn Through readers in the comments, or to email me details to include in a future column!


Opening image credit via the de Young exhibition website:Oscar de la Renta, evening dress, resort, 2012. White silk faille, red and green silk embroidery, and appliqué. Oscar de la Renta  LLC 706 (Jemal Countess / Getty Images)

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