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April 27, 2011

Moscow and New York: Fashion at the Museums

By Sarah Smith | Fashion


Fashion exhibits have been rolling into museums as of late: Balenciaga at the de Young in San Francisco and Roberto Capucci at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to name a few standouts. This week, two important shows will join the ranks. April 28 marks the opening of "Inspiration Dior" at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. The venue’s second tribute to a fashion house (the first was to Chanel in 2007), it will comprise more than 120 Dior pieces, including couture, jewelry, watches, accessories and perfumes. Alongside them will be artwork that echoes Dior’s "New Look" aesthetic from masters like Picasso, Renoir, Cézanne and Gaugin. In New York, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will debut its highly anticipated retrospective "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" on May 4. The tribute to the late designer will feature 100 of his provocative masterpieces, among them the famous Bumster trouser, vertiginous Armadillo shoes and flower-adorned Sarabande dress. Don’t miss the June 27 personal tour led by the show’s curator, Andrew Bolton, followed by a private lunch in the gallery ($350). Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, 12 Volkhonka, Moscow; 7-495/609-9520; arts-museum.ru. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., NYC; 212-535-7710; metmuseum.org/alexandermcqueen.

Photo Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce