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Every two weeks there will be some tips to go out for inspiration! Exhibitions, musea or other great places!

Editor: Dorien Luyckx

1. Thea Porter. 70s Bohemian Chic
This exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London is the first about Thea Porter, a fashion and interior Designer. She pioneered bohemian chic in the 60’s and 70’s. Her shop that she opened in 1966 in Soho drew the attention of a clientele of rock and film stars like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Elizabeth Taylor and so on.
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The retrospective covers Porter’s life and career from her early years in Jerusalem and Damascus, Beirut in the 1950s, Soho in the 1960s, and New York, Los Angeles and Paris in the 1970s.
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Moreover the exhibition also explores the influence of Featuring outfits Middle Eastern and North African textiles and culture on 20th century fashion and interior design.
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Highlights of the exhibition are Porter’s seven signature looks: the Abaya & Kaftan; the Gipsy dress; the Faye dress; the Brocade-panel dress; the Wrap-over dress; the Chazara jacket; and the Sirwal skir.

You can go and visit the exhibition from the 6th of Fabruary till the 3rd of May 2015. For more info: FTM London

2. Hello, My name is Paul Smith
In the fashion museum of Hasselt, in Belgium, starts the end of this week an exhibition that evolves around the figure and brand Paul Smith.
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Thanks to audio, movieclips and other media, you can enjoy a glance behind the scene of the brand. The exhibition begins when Paul Smith’s story begins: at a small boutique in Nottingham. It ends with his most recent collections. It also offers insight in how the designer works, creates and designs.
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The collection was composed by the Design Museum London (Curator: Donna Loveday), but the belgian world of Paul Smith will be even bigger (400m2 to be exact) and shows more fashion pieces than previously.
If you are interested, you can go visit the exhibition from the 30th of January till the 7th of June at the Fashion Museum of Hasselt, in Belgium. For more info: Modemuseum Hasselt

3. Yves Saint Laurent and Halston: Fashioning the 70’s
The Fashion Institute in New York dedicates the following months to the seventies and the two most defining designers from that decade: Yves Saint Laurent and Halston. They both engaged in this period with similar themes of menswear, exoticism, and historicism. Later on they will develop different styles that are considered diametrically opposed, but the similarities in the seventies are undeniable.
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The exhibition exists of 3 sections. The first section demonstrates how Saint Laurent and Halston drew on menswear when creating clothing for women.The second section explores each designer’s use of exoticism during this period. The last one of the exhibition displays how Saint Laurent and Halston engaged with past periods of fashion history.
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You can visit the exhibition at the FIT in New York from the 6th of February till the 18th of April. For more info visit: FIT NY

Wedding Dresses 1775-2014
This exhibition will trace the development of the fashionable white wedding dress and its treatment by key fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang offering a panorama of fashion over the last two centuries.
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On display will be the most romantic, glamorous and extravagant wedding dresses from the V&A’s superb collection and will include some important new acquisitions as well as loans including the purple dress worn by Dita Von Teese for her marriage to Marilyn Manson and the outfits worn by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale on their wedding day. T
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he exhibition will highlight the histories of the dresses, revealing fascinating details about the lives of the wearers and offering an intimate insight into their circumstances and fashion choices.
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You can visit the exhibition till the 15th of March 2015. For more info: V&A

5. Déboutonnez la mode
When wearing clothing we sometimes forget to enjoy the little details on it like buttons. Buttons were and are often little pieces of art that can finish and delineate a clothing item. Especially in haute couture there are spent many hours on manufacturing and sewing the buttons. Thius exhibition offers a look into the history of buttons and what artistry lies behind the littlest detail of clothing.

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You can discover buttons inspired by the fables of Jean de La Fontaine, made by Lucien Falize or eight birds painted on porcelain by Camille Naudot.

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Through the buttons you can catch a glance of the creativity and spirit of a certain period. The buttons are accompanied by fashion pictures to show the importance of the button in the garment and it shows how much it influences the overall silhouette.

You can enjoy the exhibition from the 12th of february till the 19th of July in the Museum Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

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