Museum-Worthy: 5 Fashion Exhibits to See This Fall

Ronald Stoops; Stèphane Piera / Galliera / Roger-Viollet

Five institutional takes on fashion to visit this season, from New York to Melbourne

The Amsterdam-based bad boys Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren open “Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists” on October 16 in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. The show will feature the duo’s haute couture and archival pieces, as well as vintage dolls dressed in signature looks. This year, Olivier Saillard, one of fashion’s premier historians and director of the Palais Galliera in Paris, has gradually unveiled his exhibition “Anatomy of a Collection,” with his secret pièce de résistance coming in October. In London, curator Judith Clark and her partner, psychoanalyst Adam Phillips, coconceived “The Vulgar” at the Barbican Centre, opening October 13. Historical costumes, couture, quotes from Jonathan Swift and Coco Chanel, photography, and film all question the validity of vulgarity and taste. With “Proust’s Muse,” starting September 23, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York showcases the wardrobe of the Countess Greffulhe (1860–1952). After receiving haute couture devotees for close to a year, the “Cristóbal Balenciaga” show at the Balenciaga Museum in Getaria, Spain, will close for good on December 31. The collection includes 62 pieces by the legendary designer.