A Guide to Museums Dedicated to Other Fashion Designers ; They Are in France, Italy and Spain, and One of Them Exists Online Only

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A Guide to Museums Dedicated to Other Fashion Designers ; They Are in France, Italy and Spain, and One of Them Exists Online Only


Schneier, Matthew, International New York Times


They are in France, Italy and Spain, and one of them exists online only.

Giorgio Armani is not the only designer memorialized in museum form. Here are several other such fashion museums.

At the former house of Yves Saint Laurent, the foundation, named for the late couturier and his personal and professional partner, exhibitions cover an unusually wide range of subjects, from the rock 'n' roll photography of Saint Laurent's current designer, Hedi Slimane, to a historical look at Saint Laurent's scandalous and historic spring 1971 haute couture collection. Though the foundation is responsible for the conservation of thousands of garments, accessories and sketches from the Saint Laurent archives, larger retrospectives tend to be put on outside the foundation at larger spaces, like the 2010 show at the Petit Palais.

At Dior's childhood home, Villa Les Rhumbs, in Normandy, the museum keeps a collection of Dior's oeuvre and stages exhibitions on specific aspects of his work. In past showings, they have touched on issues such as Dior's relationship to flora and fauna, to the stars, to art and artists. The current show, on view in Granville until November, focuses on his iconic New Look collection of 1947.

The museum is dedicated to the life and work of Salvatore Ferragamo, and the history of the company he founded. Housed in the Palazzo Spini Feroni, former site of the Florentine City Council, it has hosted exhibitions of Ferragamo's archives and shows on famous Ferragamo clients, including Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo. …

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