The Best Fashion and Art Exhibitions to See This Fall

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Fashion and art so often influence each other, so what could be better than combining the two? Several designers, like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Iris van Herpen, to name a few, will debut new exhibits this fall, demonstrating their commitment to the arts and giving the public a chance to experience works they might not otherwise have been exposed to. Just as fashion month kicks off abroad, has collected the best exhibitions on view this fall in the U.S., U.K., and France. Click through our gallery to see them all.

‘Mark Rothko: A Retrospective’

Where: Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

When: Oct. 18, 2023–April 2, 2024

Why: Mark Rothko’s dreamy wall paintings will be displayed in France this fall for the first time in 25 years. A total of 115 works from around the globe will come together for the exhibition, displayed at the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s airy, Frank Gehry-designed space.

mark rothko
Courtesy Fondation Louis Vuitton

‘Gabrielle Chanel: A Fashion Manifesto’

Where: The V&A Museum, London

When: Now through Feb. 25, 2024

Why: Gabrielle Chanel may have had dozens of exhibits dedicated to her in France, but this one, dubbed “A Fashion Manifesto,” marks the first time the couturier gets her own exhibit in the U.K. The show features some of Chanel’s most iconic designs, like tweed suiting (pictured here) and some of her earliest millinery work.

gabrielle chanel a fashion manifesto
Peter Kelleher

‘Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses’

Where: Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

When: Nov. 29, 2023–April 28, 2024

Why: This exhibit, displayed at one of Paris’ most fashion-friendly museums, will explore the work of avant garde Dutch designer Iris van Herpen, who frequently works alongside sculptors and architects. According to the museum, “From micro to macro, the exhibition questions the place of the body in space, its relationship to clothing and its environment as well as its future in a rapidly changing world.”

iris van herpen sculpting the senses
Courtesy Musée des Arts Décoratifs

‘Rebel: 30 Years of London Fashion’

Where: The Design Museum, London

When: Now through Feb. 11, 2024

Why: Sponsored by Alexander McQueen, curated in collaboration with the British Fashion Council, and debuting just in time for London Fashion Week, this exhibit “feature nearly 100 innovative fashion looks from ground-breaking debut and early collections, many of which have entered pop-culture history—and launched global design careers.”

rebel 30 years of london fashion
Courtesy of the Design Museum

‘Artist’s Choice: Grace Wales Bonner—Spirit Movers’

Where: The Museum of Modern Art, New York City

When: Nov. 18, 2023–April 7, 2024

Why: This November, 31-year-old British designer Grace Wales Bonner, the 2021 winner of the CFDA Award for International Men’s Designer of the Year, will curate an exhibit of 50 works at MoMA “with a particular focus on Black cultural and aesthetic practices inspired by the styles, experiences, forms, and sounds of the African diaspora. The works selected embody the idea of ‘Spirit Movers,’ which, according to Wales Bonner, evoke multiple histories, inspire contemplation, and conjure new connections between people and places.”

reggie nicholson, henry threadgill sextet, village vanguard, new york cityanthony barboza
John Wronn

‘Fashioned by Sargent’

Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

When: Oct. 8, 2023–Jan. 15, 2024

Why: Organized in conjunction with the Tate Britain, this exhibit will explore the work of portrait painter John Singer Sargent, who “often chose what his sitters wore and, even if they arrived in his studio dressed in the latest fashions, he frequently simplified and altered the details. Exploiting dress was an integral part of his artistry.”

elsie palmer, or a lady in whitejohn singer sargent american, 1856
Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts Boston

‘Food & Fashion’

Where: The Museum at FIT, New York

When: Now through Nov. 26, 2023

Why: FIT’s ‘Food & Fashion’ exhibit explores how food themes and motifs influenced fashion from the 1700s to today, including (but not limited to) Jeremy Scott’s memorable McDonald’s-themed creations.

food and fashion the museum at fit
Eileen Costa

‘Fashioning San Francisco: A Century of Style’

Where: The de Young Museum, San Francisco

When: Jan. 20, 2024–Aug. 11, 2024

Why: San Francisco may not be the first city you think of when it comes to fashion, but this new exhibit at the de Young is intent to prove that the city has always been at the forefront of style. According to the museum, “The designs on display, many never shown before, reflect San Francisco’s long-standing tradition of self-expression through fashion.”

fashioning san francisco a century of style
Randy Dodson

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