The Best Fashion Exhibits to See on Your Holiday Break

While many of us look to our holiday break as a welcome opportunity to take some time off, relax, and spend time with family and friends, it's actually an amazing time to take in some culture if you're up for it. Many museums across the world are not only still open, but they also have exhibits on display that any fashion girl would swoon over.

From a retrospective of Yves Saint Laurent's 44-year career to an incredibly interesting look at the design of accessories for disabled people, some of our favorite fashion exhibits will have you inspired to do more than just binge-watch Black Mirror on your days off. (Not that there's anything wrong with that. We get it.)

Keep scrolling to see our favorite fashion exhibits happening right now all over the world!

Making Mainbocher: The First American Couturier


Chicago History Museum

Chicago-born designer Main Rousseau Bocher founded America's first couture house, Mainboucher, in 1940 after establishing himself in Paris. This exhibit tells the story of his life and features some of his most beautiful creations. 

Runs through August 20, 2017, at the Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL).

Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style


Seattle Art Museum

French couture designer Yves Saint Laurent established one of the most famous and beloved French fashion houses. This exhibit features highlights from throughout his illustrious career, including pieces never before shown in public.

Runs through January 7, 2017, at the Seattle Art Museum (1300 First Ave., Seattle, WA).

Fashions of Southern Africa


Cedric Nzaka via the Kent Museum

For an in-depth look at contemporary style in another part of the world, visit this exhibit highlighting designers in South Africa and Namibia. It features clothing and accessories, as well as photography depicting modern street style trends.

Runs through July 2, 2017, at the Kent Museum, (800 E. Summit St., Kent, OH).

(Dis)abled Beauty


The Kent Museum

This fascinating exhibit analyzes the special relationship between design and the needs of people with disabilities. It features more than 40 pieces including prostheses, hearing devices, and mobility devices that incorporate the expertise of fashion design to help remove the stigma often carried by those with disabilities.

Runs through March 12, 2017, at the Kent Museum (800 E. Summit St., Kent, OH).

The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined


The Barbican Centre

This exhibit examines the meaning of the vulgar, and thereby the importance of taste, in the history of fashion from the Renaissance through contemporary design. The exhibit highlights more than 120 pieces, including ones from designers and brands like Chloé, Dior, Christian Lacroix, Lanvin, Moschino, Louis Vuitton, and more.

Runs through February 5, 2017, at the Barbican Centre (Silk Street, London).

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse


Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

If you're fascinated by the industry of textile, this exhibit might be the one for you. It presents the work of three designers who create their work with sustainability at the forefront: Luisa Cevese, founder of Riedzioni in Milan, Christina Kim, founder of Dosa in L.A., and Reiko Sudo, managing director at NUNO in Tokyo.

Runs through April 16, 2017, at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (2 E. 91st St., New York, NY).

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear


Victoria & Albert Museum

This exhibit's name is as cheeky as it is telling: It explores the unique relationship between underwear and fashion design, as well how the evolution of undergarments has revealed issues of gender, sex, and morality throughout different eras. From Victorian-period corsets to iconic contemporary Calvin Kleins, underwear has more of a story to tell than you'd think.

Runs through March 12, 2017, at the Victoria & Albert Museum (Cromwell Road, London).

Beyond Bling: Jewelry From the Lois Boardman Collection


L.A. County Museum of Art

Lois Boardman has collected a massive assortment of jewelry throughout the years, and this exhibit marks the first of its kind on the West Coast. More than 50 pieces explore the ways in which jewelry communicates personal and political messages, as well as how materials can be used in unexpected ways to create jewelry.

Runs through February 5, 2017, at the L.A. County Museum of Art (5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA).

Do you plan on visiting any fashion exhibits this holiday break? Share in the comments below, and shop L.A. County Museum of Art's amazing store now!

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