10 Fashion Exhibition Catalogs to Keep An Eye On


10 Fashion Exhibition Catalogs to look out for, brought to you by Gentle. 


Maison Martin Margiela ’20‘ The Exhibition 

12.09.2008-08.02.2009, Mode Museum, Antwerp

In October 2008, Maison Martin Margiela celebrated their 20th anniversary. For this occasion, MoMu presents the unique exhibition „Maison Martin Margiela ‘20’ The Exhibition“, conceived in close collaboration with the fashion house.


Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion 

April – June 1994

Future Beauty is the first comprehensive survey of Japanese avant-garde fashion of the last 30 years. Such designers as Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo made an enormous impact on the world fashion scene in the late twentieth century, challenging established notions of beauty and turning fashion into art.


„Items: Is fashion modern?“ 

01.10.2017-28.01.2018, Museum of Modern Art in New York

Items: Is Fashion Modern? explores the present, past—and sometimes the future—of 111 items of clothing and accessories that have had a strong impact on the world in the 20th and 21st centuries—and continue to hold currency today.


Margiela, The Hermès Years

For the first time ever, MoMu presents Belgian designer Martin Margiela’s collections for Hermès from 1997 to 2003. The tribute exhibition explores the relationship between his collections for Hermès and his own label, Maison Martin Margiela during these years. Groundbreaking deconstruction and timeless luxury – the two worlds of designer Martin Margiela – is the starting point of „Margiela, the Hermès Years“.


Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between

Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons is widely recognized as among the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years. Since her Paris debut in 1981, she has blurred the divide between art and fashion and transformed customary notions of beauty, identity, and the body.

This lavishly illustrated publication weaves an illuminating narrative around Kawakubo’s experiments in oppositions and the spaces between boundaries. Brilliant new photographs of more than 120 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear for Comme des Garçons accompanied by Kawakubo’s commentary on her designs and process, reveal her conceptual and challenging aesthetic as never before. A chronology of Kawakubo’s career provides additional context, and an insightful conversation with the author offers a fascinating glimpse into the mind of this fashion visionary.


Jil Sander: Present Tense

This handsome book presents the designer’s work from the late 1960s to 2014 and features more than 150 illustrations. The book provides a fascinating insight into the influences and creative process of one of the 20th century’s most well-known designers and covers Sander’s work on fashion, product design, advertising campaigns, and store architecture.


Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

6 April 2016 to 12 March 2017

Underclothes are the most personal garments in our wardrobe. Worn next to the skin and usually hidden, even the most practical garments are intrinsically erotic. Their cut, fit, fabric and decoration reflect shifts in social and cultural attitudes to gender, sex and morality; innovations in fabric technology and design; and challenge notions of public and private. Presenting highlights from the Victoria and Albert Museums exhibition Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear, this book explores the history of mens and womens underwear since 1750.


Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

04.05. 2011 to 07.08. 2011, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Arguably the most influential, imaginative, and provocative designer of his generation, Alexander McQueen both challenged and expanded fashion conventions to express ideas about race, class, sexuality, religion, and the environment. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty examines the full breadth of the designer’s career, from the start of his fledgling label to the triumphs of his own world-renowned London house. It features his most iconic and radical designs, revealing how McQueen adapted and combined the fundamentals of Savile Row tailoring, the specialized techniques of haute couture, and technological innovation to achieve his distinctive aesthetic. It also focuses on the highly sophisticated narrative structures underpinning his collections and extravagant runway presentations, with their echoes of avant-garde installation and performance art.


Footprint: The Track of Shoes

„Footprint“ takes you on a journey through the history of shoes in fashion, and promises to be a true revelation for both shoe lovers and fashion fans. Running the gamut from the otherworldly contemporary designs from Iris Van Herpen and Noritaka Tatehana, to 19th century carved wooden clogs: this show highlights the innovative and bold approach of these designs and investigates their cultural impact.


Back side. Dos à la mode

2015-09-03″>05.07.2019  – 14.17.2019, Musée Bourdelle, Paris

While fashion likes to show itself from the front, the exhibition – and the catalogue – Fashion from behind turn the spotlight on the back. To explore this new theme of the back in fashion, the Bourdelle Museum presents an exceptional collection of clothing and accessories from the 18th century to the present day, drawn from the collections of the Palais Galliera and the archives of major fashion houses.