International Fashion Events Calendar

Special Feature 

Travel plans? Attending the MET GALA®? New museum exhibitions feature a Karl Lagerfeld show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a Christian Dior retrospective in Tokyo, a Gabrielle Chanel display at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, and more.  

In recent years, attendance at museums indicates the widespread appeal of fashion-related exhibitions. Fashion that never goes out of style is presented at current and upcoming museum exhibitions around the world through 2023 and into 2024.  

Now through May 7, 2023 
Brooklyn Museum of Art – NYC | Thierry Mugler Retrospective: Couturissime 

Thierry Mugler, image Alan Strutt

Fascinating, theatrical, and edgy, Mugler established himself as one of the most daring and innovative designers of the late 20th century. His bold silhouettes and unorthodox techniques and materials—including glass, Plexiglas, vinyl, latex, and chrome—made their mark on fashion history. A first-ever retrospective of the French creator of “glamazon.” 

Now through May 14, 2023 
Musée Yves Saint Laurent – Paris | GOLD

Gold evening ensemble worn by Karen Mulder fall/winter 1995, haute couture collection @Yves St Laurent, image: Guy Marineau
Gold: Loulou de la Falaise in YSL, (c) Arthur Elgort, courtesy of Vogue Italie

From the very first buttons adorning his pea coats to dresses that appear entirely fashioned from gold, no collection escaped the couturier’s “golden” touch. The exhibition presents gold through some 40 haute couture and ready-to-wear dresses, selected accessories, and objects and displays jewelry essential to the Yves Saint Laurent silhouette.  

Now through May 28, 2023 
Museum of Contemporary Art – Tokyo | Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams 

Following its success at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and after having traveled the world from London to New York, this iteration of the exhibition celebrates the sincere, singular ties between Dior and Japan. 

May 5 – July 16, 2023  
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – NYC | Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty

Karl Lagerfeld for House of CHANEL, fall/winter 1986-87, courtesy Chanel, image courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art


Focusing on the designer’s stylistic vocabulary as expressed in aesthetic themes that appear time and again in his fashions from the 1950s to his final collection in 2019, the posthumous show spotlights the designer’s unique working methodology. Lagerfeld’s sketches accompany most of the approximately 150 pieces on display. In celebration of the show’s opening, the Costume Institute Benefit (also known as the MET GALA) takes place on May 1, 2023. 

June 24 – Nov. 12, 2023 
Museum of Fashion & Lace – Calais, France | Yves Saint Laurent: Transparencies 

Through 60 models, the exhibition reveals how the couturier overturned the codes of unveiling the female body. Accessories, drawings, photographs, and videos demonstrate how Yves Saint Laurent used the effects of the transparency of fabrics to propose a new, powerful, and sensual female figure. The exhibition will continue at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Paris in 2024. 

June 24, 2023 – April 7, 2024 
Victoria & Albert Museum – London | DIVA 

Maria Callas in Verdi’s La Traviata at the Royal Opera House, London, 1958. photo: (c) Houston Rogers, V&A Museum, London

DIVA will celebrate the power and creativity of iconic performers, exploring and redefining the role of “diva” and how this has been subverted or embraced over time across opera, stage, popular music, and film. 

Sept. 16, 2023 – Feb. 24, 2024 
Victoria & Albert Museum – London | Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel: Fashion Manifesto 

V&A Exhibition, Gabrielle Chanel, courtesy Victoria & Albert Museum

Dedicated to the work of French couturière Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, this show charts the evolution of her iconic design style and the establishment of the House of CHANEL, from the opening of her first millinery boutique in Paris in 1910 to the showing of her final collection in 1971. It features over 180 looks, seen together for the first time, as well as jewelry, accessories, cosmetics, and perfumes. 

Nov. 29, 2023 – April 28, 2024 
Musée des Arts Décoratifs – Paris | Iris Van Herpen 
The exhibition of Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen, now recognized as one of the most avant-garde figures of her generation, brings together 100 dresses seeking new forms for femininity and challenging our notions of haute couture.