Fabulous Fashion

From killer heels to magnificent jewelry, these three fashion-themed museum exhibits will put a sparkle in your eye.


Twice annual Fashion Week lands in NYC this month, bringing in top designers from around the world for a peek at their spring collections. While enjoying the excitement of this posh event, why not experience some fashion themed exhibits at some of New York City’s most extraordinary museums.

No matter what you think of high heels, there is plenty to be fascinated by in the exhibit Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, which launched at the Brooklyn Museum in September during Fashion Week and comes to and end Feb. 15, also during Fashion Week. The exhibit has received wide critical acclaim for its meticulousness and attention to detail, with some items requiring a stretch of the imagination to comprehend how anybody could have worn such a thing. The exhibit features more than 160 artfully-crafted historical and contemporary high heels from the seventeenth century through the present and has been curated within six themes: Revival and Reinterpretation, Rising in the East, Glamour and Fetish, Architecture, Metamorphosis, and Space Walk. From architecturally-inspired wedges and platforms, to razor-sharp stilettos and shoes that defy categorization, the exhibit will dazzle you with highlights that include Marilyn Monroe’s Ferragamo stilettos and more! (Through 2/15, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn)

At the Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), Faking It: Originals, Copies and Counterfeits demonstrates the unique and evolutionary initiatives that designers have taken to stop knock-offs of their products.  Let’s face it… in today’s marketplace it can be difficult to determine what items are authentic product lines and which are not. In this exhibit, the counterfeit market is explored using roughly 100 items from the museums permanent collection and collected over the last 150 years, including products from labels like Gucci, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, and Louis Vuitton. You’ll see items like a licensed copy of Pierre Balmain’s Angel evening dress as well as unlicensed copies such as that of Madeleine Vionnet’s “Little Horses” dress. It’s a fascinating exhibit that explores the legal and illegal history of fashion counterfeiting. (Through 4/25, Seventh Avenue at 27th St.)

To finish off your fashion excursion, make sure to visit the Museum of Art and Design for the exhibit Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger. Even if you are not especially interested in jewelry, this extravagant collection is sure to take your breath away with its unique and creative pieces. Best described as an “eye-popping display of necklaces, bracelets, brooches and earrings,” many of the pieces are one of a kind and from designers such as Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior, Miriam Haskell and Yves Saint Laurent. Pieces range from the early pieces of Art Deco 1920s to modern pieces from this millennium, with highlights ranging from a Miriam Haskell necklace to a lobster brooch with Czech and Austrian stones by Iradj Moini. Roughly 500 pieces are selected from Berger’s 4,000-piece personal collection. (Through 4/20, 2 Columbus Circle)

(Photo Credit: Pablo Esteva)