As much as I love summer and loathe the approaching cold weather, I am excited about the start of fall. Like going back to school, when I was a student, it gives me something to look forward to. I am giddy with excitement about all of the exhibitions opening this fall. Over the last few months the only exhibition on everyone’s lips was Savage Beauty. While the Alexander McQueen show deserves all of the credit it has received, I am ready to focus my attention on something else. You will, however, notice that most of the exhibitions deal with fashion, not surprising as Fashion Week takes over NYC this month.
Harper’s Bazaar: A Decade of Style, International Center for Photography, September 9, 2011–January 8, 2012. This exhibition distills that decade into a choice group of nearly thirty images by some of the most important photographers working today, including Peter Lindbergh, Jean-Paul Goude, David Bailey, William Klein, Patrick Demarchelier, Sølve Sundsbø, Tim Walker, Mario Sorrenti, Hiro, Melvin Sokolsky, and Karl Lagerfeld. Among the artists represented are Nan Goldin, Ralph Gibson, and Chuck Close. Along with inventive fashion images in a wide range of styles, from classic to cinematic, there are vivid portraits of designers Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, and Diane Von Furstenberg, and celebrities like Daphne Guinness, Lady Gaga, and Julianne Moore.
“Fashion in Film”, Museum of Arts and Design, September 9-11. A festival revolving around a series of innovative cinematic moments that have expectedly and unexpectedly influenced the worlds of style and fashion. The series is co-curated by Simon Doonan. Films to be featured include “Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo?”, “Umbrellas of Cherbourg”, and “X, Y, and Zee.” And on 9/11 there will be a special panel discussion and reception “Spotlight on fashion innovation: Creative inspiration from Cinema.”