The Art of Fashion

Feast your eyes on the most stylish exhibits in NYC!

The Brooklyn Museum is the only East Coast venue to present The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk — the first international exhibit of Gaultier’s work. Made up of six thematic sections, Gaultier’s French couturier display incorporates a combination of fashion and pop culture as well as a variety of film, dance, and concert costumes, which includes everything from Madonna’s iconic bra to corsets from the 1990 Blonde Ambition World Tour. This multimedia exhibition features approximately 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter ensembles in total, tracing the development of the designer’s earliest to most recent collections. Many of the ensembles are even presented using custom mannequins with interactive faces created by high-definition audiovisual projections. These impressive avant-garde designs will only be on display through Feb. 23, so be sure to stop in and admire Gaultier’s groundbreaking garments while you still have the chance. (200 Easter Parkway at Prospect Park)

The Museum at FIT presents Trend-ology: Fashion & Textile History Gallery, which looks to examine the sources from which fashion trends have developed over the past 250 years. The concept of “trends” has emerged from high fashion runways and urban street style to art, music, novels, and socio-political movements. And while a particular trend can change every season, the phenomenon of the trend has come to define the modern fashion system itself. By looking back at the multifaceted and dynamic history of trends, Trend-ology aims to help visitors gain insight into the current state of the trend cycle. Curated by Emma McClendon and Ariele Elia, the exhibition features over 100 objects from the Museum’s costume, accessory, and textile collections, which include 18th-century court dress, the rise of the couturier in 19th-century Paris, hip hop fashion, and more recent developments related to blogging, fast fashion, and social-media networking. The show — which will run until 4/30 — features designs by Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Rei Kawakubo, Jean Paul Gaultier, Helmut Lang, Martin Margiela, and Opening Ceremony, to name a few. Additionally, a video is on display, featuring interviews with fashion insiders Simon Doonan, Carol Lim, Kenzo, Saul Lopez Silva, and many others. (227 W. 27th St.)

The Met’s Jewels by JAR exhibition features more than four hundred works by one of the most acclaimed jewelry designers of the twentieth century — Joel A. Rosenthal — who works in Paris under the renowned name JAR. This particular display is the first retrospective of his work in America and features a selection of JAR’s finest pieces. From jewels in classical flower forms and organic shapes to witty objets d’art, this superb collection is executed with only the most exquisite gem stones, which include a variety of stunning diamonds, sapphires, garnets, topazes, tourmalines, and citrines through a unique combination of colors. Rosenthal’s one-of-a-kind creations place him among the ranks of history’s greatest jewelers. So if you’re a fan of magnificent gems and exquisite jewels, this is a presentation you won’t want to miss. Swarovski’s got nothing on this guy. (The exhibit runs now through 3/9 at 1000 5th Ave.)