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January 03, 2012  | by: Ama Kwarteng

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

With 661,509 visitors, the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was one of the largest and most successful shows yet. The exhibit showed the impact fashion has on art, and everyone, including Women’s Wear Daily, has noticed that museums are getting more and more fashionable.

Harold Koda, the head curator of the Costume Institute told WWD:
“Clearly the critical as well as popular success of the McQueen show suggests that fashion design has a more secure place in the precincts of an art museum.”
Many fashion exhibits are opening this new year, and they’ll all help cement fashion as art. Fashionista.com has a list of the top 10 exhibits that no one will want to miss.

What: “Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion”
Where: The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
When: May 10 – August 19

What: “Christian Louboutin,” a retrospective of the designer
Where: Design Museum, London
When: March 28 – July 1

What: “IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA”
Where: The Museum at FIT, New York
When: February 10 – April 17, 2012

What: “Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950″
Where: Victoria and Albert Museum, London
When: May 19, 2012 – January 26, 2013

What: “Yves Saint Laurent — The Retrospective”
Where: Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
When: Opens March 25

What: “Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs,” a retrospective of Jacobs’ work at LV
Where: Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris
When: March 9 – September 16

What: Diana Vreeland
Where: Fortuny Museum, Venice, Italy
When: March 2012

What: “Fifty Years of James Bond Style” with pieces from Giorgio Armani, Prada, Oscar de la Renta and other designers
Where: The Barbican, London
When: April 2012

Looking at this list makes me so excited! I have to go to at least one of the exhibits. It’s wonderful that people are realizing that fashion is an art that can achieve not only critical, but public success. Hopefully this continues, not only this year, but in the years to come.

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