2012 Fashion Exhibitions in Museums Around the World

With the recent success of McQueen’s fashion exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011, must-see 2012 fashion exhibitions are on the rise with some of the most notable fashion designers out there. Harold Koda, curator in charge of the Custom Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, told the trade, “Clearly the critical as well as popular success of the McQueen show suggests that fashion design has a more secure place in the precincts of an art museum.” If fashion is no longer just for those interested in following trends, but rather for all who are interested in art, then fashion museum exhibitions are here to stay. Here is a list of the top three fashion displays that can be found at your local museum this year.

Fashion Exhibit 1: “IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA”

The Council of Fashion Designers of America is an organization that supports industry initiatives, rising talent and has some of the country’s most important designers as members. CFDA is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a show of over a hundred pieces of clothing and accessories, along with images and acknowledgements of the nearly six hundred designers who have been CFDA members over the years. This 2012 exhibition will be at The Museum at FIT in New York from February 10 to April 27.

Fashion Exhibit 2: “Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs”

This Paris show will convene Louis Vuitton’s past and present. See how Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs cultivated the label, from its conception and look when Vuitton was at the helm during the 19th century, to the contemporary ready-to-wear collections created during Jacobs’s 13 years as creative director. This show will be featured at the Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris from March 9 to September 16.

Fashion Exhibit 3: “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk”

The couture, cone bras, striped sailor shirts and costumes worn by celebrities like Madonna and Kylie Minogue make their way to San Francisco. The third stop on this touring exhibition will give Californians a reason to applaud fashion’s enfant terrible. This exciting exhibit will be at the De Young Museum in San Francisco starting on March 24 continuing until August 19.

Be sure to stay current will all fashion trends as well as the fashion industry’s history and see these fashion museum exhibitions. 2012 is definitely an exciting year for a glimpse into the rich history of fashion designs and houses.

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Fashion Buying: A Fashion Merchandising Dream Career

Have you ever wondered what kind of careers you can pursue with a degree from a fashion institute? One incredibly fulfilling and often overlooked career choice is fashion buying. A fashion buyer is responsible for the products that a given company sells. They oversee the development of apparel, which is usually targeted towards a particular market and price range. Depending on how big the company is, there might be one fashion buyer or a team of fashion buyers responsible for the merchandise that the company will carry. To perform this job well, buyers must possess a serious intuition when it comes to fashion trends, as well as adequate people skills to maintain good relationships with suppliers. This job is an especially good choice for young fashion school graduates, since young people are generally the ones who are always updated with the latest fashion trends, and looking to climb up the fashion industry ladder.

A typical fashion buyer works with clothing suppliers, reviewing their provided apparel and selecting the proper pieces for the season, store and target market. Often, this part of the job requires deciding on a balance between current fashion trends and classic, traditional pieces. It is imperative that a successful buyer maintains positive interpersonal relationships with suppliers, in order to negotiate prices with them and make sure that their stocks will be delivered on time.

Another important challenge that fashion buyers will face is the idea of thinking ahead. It is not enough to succeed in the fashion industry with knowledge of current trends. In fact, buyers must surpass this knowledge with a keen fashion intuition. It is usually buyers that help to create new trends because they are responsible for what you see on the front racks at boutiques and department stores. Buyers must decide on seasonal trends up to six months before they hit the stores. In order to succeed at this part of the job, you must bring your own creativity and passion to your selections, while at the same time making sure you are selling wearable, comfortable, functional clothes for everyday people.

If the idea of a career in fashion buying is something that excites you, there is no reason not to actively pursue your goal. Often, companies looking for buyers prefer job candidates with fashion merchandising or fashion design college degrees. Retail experience in fashion can also give you that extra bit of experience that will help land you the job. Ultimately, it will be your passion for fashion and your level of professionalism that will launch your dream fashion buying career.

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