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We find some of the best style inspiration not in the mall, but in the museum. In anticipation of the glorious upcoming exhibitions celebrating brilliant fashion design, here's a list of the ones we're especially jazzed about this spring. (Text by Mara Gladstone)
Opening March 4, Rodarte: States of Matter at MOCA Pacific Design Center is the hotly anticipated exhibition featuring the gossamer genius of SoCal's beloved design sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy. Bonus: Black Swan fans can ogle Natalie and Mila's tutus. Through June 5.
· MOCA [Official Site]
Fashioning Fashion, one of the inaugural exhibitions in LACMA's beautiful Resnick Pavilion, features a bevy of rare fashion treasures and has been extended through March 27. Stop by before or after a visit to the Grove. Also new for DIY-ers: downloadable patterns of signature pieces in the exhibit!
· LACMA [Official Site]
· Racked LA [Previous Coverage]
Purveyor of outrageous, fabulous textiles, the work of Zandra Rhodes - who's designed for the San Diego Opera - is on view at the Mingei International Museum through April 11.
· Mingei [Official Site]
The Bay Area's gorgeous de Young Museum is a fitting venue for Balenciaga and Spain, which examines Spanish culture's great influence on the couturier. March 26 - July 4.
· De Young [Official Site]
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Costume Institute opens May 4 and opening night will undoubtedly be, as always, the fashion party of the year. Through July 31.
· Costume Institute [Official Site]
Vivienne Westwood at the Fashion Institute of Technology focuses on the designer's early influence in the 1980s. March 8 - April 2. Also on view: Japan Fashion Now, through April 11.
· FIT [Official Site]
More than three hundred gem-laden Van Cleef & Arpels baubles are at the Cooper-Hewitt, through June 5.
· Cooper-Hewitt [Official Site]
The abstract forms and colorful garments of Robert Capucci, an overlooked Italian master of sculptural dress, form the core of this great little exhibition. March 16 - June 5.
· Philadelphia Museum [Official Site]
Retro work-chic Ann Taylor is the spring exhibition focus at the Phoenix Art Museum, which has an entire year of exhibitions devoted to fashion. We're especially thrilled to see Théâtre de la Mode, a rare installation of WWII-era miniature couture dolls, which opens March 12.
· Phoenix Art Museum [Official Site]
Style in the Aisle at the Museum of Flight showcases the clever, colorful functionality of flight attendant uniforms over the years. Through May 27.
· Museum of Flight [Official Site]
Yohji Yamamoto, one of the kings of Japanese haute-minimalism, has a long overdue retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum. March 12 - July 11.
· V&A [Official Site]
Christian Lacroix acts as artistic director for Women of the Orient, showcasing fashion from North Africa to West and East Asia, from the 19th century on. Through May 15.
· Quai Branly [Official Site]
Tucked away in the shadow of the Louvre, Les Arts Décoratifs is showing the History of Contemporary Fashion, with designs by a selection of largely European leaders of contemporary fashion, such as Margiela, Alaia, and Dior. Through May 8.
· Les Arts Décoratifs [Official Site]
· Culture Chanel introduces well-heeled China to the luxury house and Coco Chanel. Through March 14.
· How Chanel Sells Itself in China [WSJ]
(Story by Mara Gladstone)