Virtual Fashion Exhibitions to Escape the Covid Blues
A year into the global pandemic, museums are now adapting to the virtual experience. Sara Emilia Bernat, Co-Founder of Fashion Forward, New York-based think tank, has gathered some of the best exhibitions that are now available at the fingertips of all. Without further ado, bringing you her top five virtual fashion exhibitions to escape the Covid Blues.
Schiaparelli and Surrealism
Virtual Fashion Exhibition 1: Schiaparelli and Surrealism
Coco Chanel’s biggest rival, Elsa Schiaparelli was deeply inspired by surrealism. A natural provocateur, she was one of the most prominent fashion figures between the two world wars. Friends of cultural icons such as Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, and Alfred Stieglitz, Schiaparelli created groundbreaking collaborations with Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali. Learn more about the artist who used garments as her canvas at the Arts and Culture platform of Google.
Virtual Fashion Exhibition 2: Master Craftsman
Cristobel Balenciaga, also known as the “Master of Couture”, has been widely celebrated for his ability to rethink and transform traditional dress shapes. Another highly successful Google’s Arts and Culture exhibition series, this retrospective transports visitors to the 1950s and 1960s, emphasising the sculptural quality of the garments. One work that especially captures the viewer’s attention is an X-ray photo of one of Balenciaga’s couture pieces, allowing a peek into the inner workings of this creative fashion genius.
Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams
Virtual Fashion Exhibition 3: Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams
This must-see show won the title of most visited expo of all times after being exhibited at the Victoria & Albert museum in 2019. Although the digital version is more of a movie than a museum event, it is no less splendid. The aim of this digital experience is to guide visitors’ work through the history of the brand. From Christian Dior’s post-war era “New Look” to the modern age, providing a comprehensive exploration to the label’s 70 years of history.
Fashion for Good
Virtual Fashion Exhibition 4: Fashion for Good
Fashion for Good is the first museum dedicated to sustainable fashion design. It is founded on a simple concept which is to showcase six pioneering, socially and environmentally sustainable designers together for six months, before moving onto the next batch. Through five vital pillars, material, economy, water, energy, lives, these labels prove that aspiration, creativity, business, and design can indeed culminate into sustainable effort. Virtual touring is done via Zoom several times a week.
Kyoto Costume Institute Digital Collection
Virtual Fashion Exhibition 5: Kyoto Costume Institute Digital Collection
For the most determined, the Kyoto Costume Institute Digital Collection is the place to go to. While certainly less narrative in approach than the other ones, the exhibition offers the most comprehensive experience to learn about the history of fashion from the early 1700’s to contemporary age. Guests may explore fashion heritage one decade at a time. Each and every one of them with access to the most iconic pieces that have reflected on society, culture, and economy of each of those eras.
Although the world continues to be a place of uncertainty and isolation, the digital gates of fashion museums are opening-up. The experience may not be the same as attending an exhibition in real life, but they succeed in shrinking distances and opening up new perspectives to visitors, in a more accessible and egalitarian way.