Fashion Exhibitions To Watch in 2023

Fashion Exhibitions To Watch in 2023

This week, at Cherchez La Femme, we’re giving you a roundup of all the top fashion exhibitions that will be going on in 2023. Museums around the world are inviting fashion fans to get up close and personal with designers such as Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Iris van Herpen, Christian Dior and Alexander McQueen.

After 2022’s fabulous exhibitions on Thierry Mugler, Christian Dior and Elsa Schiaparelli, this really is the year for fashion! To help you plan, here’s our favourites’ list from the main European countries.

V&A, London: ‘Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto’

The V&A is about to host the first UK exhibition dedicated to the work of couturière Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, showing the evolution of her design style and of House of Chanel, from her first boutique in Paris in 1910 to the showing of her final collection in 1971.

‘Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto’ will run from September 16, 2023, to February 25, 2024, and will feature more than 180 looks alongside jewellery, accessories, cosmetics and perfumes. We certainly can’t wait!

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris: ‘Iris van Harpen’

Next up at the The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris is a tribute to Iris van Herpen with an “immersive and sensory exploration into the designer’s universe”, recognising the Dutch designer as one of the most avant-garde figures of her generation!

We’ll definitely be booking a weekend away for this one as it will be running from November 29, 2023, to April 28, 2024 and is set to merge fashion, contemporary art, design and science, all into one fabulous exhibition.

The Fashion and Textile Museum, London: ‘Andy Warhol: The Textiles’

London’s Fashion and Textile Museum is set to host an exhibition exploring “the beautiful and fascinating textile designs” by the influential pop artist and icon Andy Warhol for its spring 2023 exhibition.

‘Andy Warhol: The Textiles’ will run from March 31 to September 10 and will feature more than 45 of Warhol’s textile patterns, which are still very unknown and virtually unrecorded, all from the 1950s and early 1960s. This one will definitely be a colourful one and we can’t wait!

Yves Saint Laurent Museum, Paris: ‘Gold by Yves Saint Laurent'

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Paris is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the couturier’s first collection with an exhibition featuring more than 40 haute couture and ready-to-wear dresses, accessories and jewellery examining the role gold has played in his work.

Gold by Yves Saint Laurent' exhibition, curated by Elsa Janssen, is currently open to the public and will be until May 14, 2023. From ornaments, fabrics and exquisite materials, this one highlights the couturier’s love affair with glitz and gold.

Groninger Museum, Amsterdam: ‘Gianni Versace Retrospective’

The exhibition is a “colourful, daring, emotional exhibition” look inside the eccentric Italian fashion designer’s world, showcasing his trailblazing designs and lavish catwalk shows of his glory days between 1989 and 1997.

‘Gianni Versace Retrospective’ will be open to the public until May 7, 2023 and it showcases outfits, accessories, fabrics, drawings, and interior designs as well as how Versace linked fashion with music, photography and graphic design too. We can’t think of any other better excuses to book our next weekend away!

These five fashion exhibitions will definitely be keeping us occupied all the way until the end of 2023, but if you're looking to book your flights to somewhere a little bit further away than Europe, there’s a few destinations that will be hosting great fashion exhibitions too. From The Met’s Costume Institute in New York hosting Karl Lagerfeld’s work from the 1950s to his final collection in 2019, The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne displaying the first exhibition exploring the work of boundary-pushing British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, to Maison Valentino presenting its largest exhibition to date in Qatar with ‘Forever Valentino’, there’s so much to choose from in terms of fashion exhibitions this year.


Although we’d love to visit all of the above, we have our favourite’s bucket list ready. Which exhibitions are you going to pick this year?



Cherchez La Femme team X


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Image 1: V&A; 'Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto'

Image 2: Iris van Herpen, SS21

Image 3: Fashion And Textile Museum, ‘Andy Warhol: The Textiles’

Image 4: Yves Saint Laurent / Droits réservés; Robe du soir portée par Elsa Faùndez de Dodero - haute couture autumn/winter 1971

Image 5: FashionUnited; Gianni Versace Retrospective at the Groninger Museum]

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