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Fall Fashion 2013: On the Exhibit and Lecture Circuit with Christian Freedom

Fall Fashion 2013: On the Exhibit and Lecture Circuit with Christian Freedom
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By Christian Freedom

Recently New York City has seen the opening of a plethora of exhibits and the hosting of talks about fashion. It has been so great to see certain designers given their due.

First and foremost was the retrospective of Jean Paul Gaultier at the Brooklyn Art museum (now thru Feb 23,2014) a must see for all design lovers. The innovative installation and thorough coverage of his work is impressive, jaw-dropping and well worth the trip. I also really loved the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s exhibit of the “Queer history of fashion.” Lots of fabulous examples of queer trends and styles as well as the overall contribution gays and lesbians have made to fashion. Garments range from items made in the 18th century up to the present moment. This surprising and engaging show is open until Jan 4, 2014. Though it’s run was sadly very brief (only 4 days!) “Eccentrico” was an over the top display of Giorgio Armani’s most elaborate and outstanding couture creations. You can get a sense of the show by visiting So gorgeous! Over at the museum of art and design there is a small but lovely exhibit of the fashion jewelry of collector Barbara Berger. Whimsical, artistic and chic pieces are on display by a wide range of costume jewelry makers now thru January 20, 2014. If precious stones and major diamonds are more your thing, starting on November 20 at the metropolitan museum of art “The Jewels of JAR” will be on view. Joel A. Rosenthal is an American designer working in Paris who creates bespoke and highly coveted pieces. The museum will be showing 300 of his original designs. Expect to be astonished!

This fall I have been lucky enough to attend a number of fashion events. Siberian supermodel Irina Pantaeva spoke at FIT about her unlikely career trajectory and her current passion projects and activism. Simon Doonan of Barneys talked about his many wacky experiences in the world of fashion and retail at an evening launching his new book “Asylum.” Jean Paul Gaultier gave a lively and hilarious lecture on his inspirations and style philosophies at a preview of this exhibition. And just the other night, Karl Lagerfeld brought the house down with his inimitable and amusing anecdotes at an event honoring him at Lincoln Center. Looking forward, I am especially excited about the 92Y talks curated by Fern Mallis with guests Bruce Weber (Nov. 13) and Kenneth Cole (Dec. 11). Fern always asks great questions and creates a lively conversation. Be sure to check out the websites of the French Alliance, museum at FIT, the Museum of Art and Design, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Arts club and the Bard graduate center for upcoming fashion and design related lectures and events. If you live in NY go see them, and if you are coming to town, put one these exhibits on your itinerary.  Enjoy!!


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