An insight into fashion’s most exciting events this March.
LOEWE Craft Prize 2018 at Design Museum, London
A prize launched back in 2016 by LOEWE FOUNDATION to celebrate the best of new talents paving new ways for modern craftsmen, the initiative was inspired by Loewe’s beginnings as a craft cooperative and revived by the Creative Director Jonathan Anderson. The exhibition will reflect the beauty of modern craftsmanship and gather artisans who continue to redefine our cultural heritage. Some of the finalists include Japanese straw artist ARKO, jewellery artist Sara Gackowska or an Italian designer, Laurenz Stockner.
From May 4 until June 17.
‘Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier’ at Design Museum, London
The exhibition conceived by Alaia just before his death in November 2017 will celebrate designer’s journey from being an artisan, sculptor to a couturier who re-shaped the female body. He was famous for his meticulous construction, always made by hand. Alaia claimed to work with one objective in mind – to make women feel beautiful. The exhibition will reflect just that – beauty, timelessness and perfect craft.
From May 10 until October 7.
‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ at the Metropolitan Museum, New York
Each MET gala brings a new fashion subject to spotlight and this year it is the link between fashion and religion. Christian dogmas and symbols will be examined via designs from designers such as Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana or Valentino. On top of that, the Vatican will lend MET around 50 pieces, some from the Sistine Chapel, from papal robes to tiaras. One will get an opportunity to compare religious imagery with a variety of fashion and ecclesiastical garments.
From May 10 until October 8.
World’s most important event on fashion and sustainability is celebrating its 6th anniversary. It is a meeting place for industry insiders, NGOs and policy makers who want to make fashion more committed to the environment. This year, some of the talks and conferences will review subjects such as innovation for supply chain efficiency or the new textiles economy. You can read the full programme here.
On May 16.
‘Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern’ at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London
Celebrating one of Britain’s most recongisable designers, the exhibition will look into the role of ornaments and colours in our everyday lives. Kiely has created a distinctive aesthetic and built an accessory empire, from patterns to products that will go on display. “With unique access to the company archives, the exhibition offers a privileged insight into the designer’s world – how she works, what has inspired her, and why her facility with pattern has produced designs that have resonated around the world.”
From May 25 until September 23.