The travelling exhibition of the Lady Dior project. Chanel’s Métiers d’Art. The menswear exhibition at the V&A Museum in London. Culture, art and fashion intertwine in three of the most important events of the coming months. In the spotlight are some of the highest expressions of fashion craftsmanship. Together, they demonstrate that fashion is not just business, but (also) a profound artistic celebration.
Fashion is an artistic celebration
Lady Dior as Seen By
After Shanghai, Düsseldorf, Milan, Tokyo and Berlin, Lady Dior as Seen By exhibition arrives in Moscow at the Ruarts Foundation. It opened last Saturday, October 16, 2021, and will remain on display until November 30, 2021. Dior has also commissioned seven Russian artists to reinterpret the bag. They are: Daniil Antropov, Anastasia Prahova, 01001011 Studio, Alexander Yegorov, 0331C, Dasha Trofimova and Alexey Kiselev. In total, WWD writes, the exhibition will feature over 90 works, ranging from sculpture to photographs. The event overlaps with Art ‘N Dior exhibition, focused on the Lady Dior bag, which opened on September 25 in Shenzhen, with works by several contemporary Chinese artists.
Chanel Métiers d’Art 2021/22
Chanel will present the Métiers d’Art 2021/22 collection on December 7, 2021, in Paris at the 19M space (pictured), its new hub for craftsmanship. “By choosing 19M as the backdrop for the Métiers d’Art 2021-22 show, the company is reaffirming its desire to celebrate this exceptional craft heritage.” What the brand considers (as WWD reports) “the cornerstone of French fashion” capable of influencing “luxury around the world”. 19M hub houses the artisan workshops that contribute to the creation of the collections.
The art of menswear in London
The V&A Museum in London has unveiled further details about its menswear exhibition entitled Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear, which runs from March 19 to November 6, 2022. This exhibition will “celebrate the power, artistry and diversity of menswear and appearance”. It will do so by displaying “the looks of legendary fashion designers and rising stars alongside historical treasures and acclaimed works of art“. For example, as Fashion United reports, among the stars will be Harris Reed, Gucci, Grace Wales Bonner, Rick Owens, JW Anderson, Comme des Garçons, Raf Simons and Craig Green.