Must-See Fashion Exhibits for 2018

There are a number of must-see fashion exhibitions taking place across the globe in 2018. We tapped our resources and asked all our stylish girlfriends where not to miss this year. From Paris to Milan, from Versace to Prada to Louis Vuitton- here's our ultimate hotlist of the fashion exhibitions not to miss in 2018.

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Gianni Versace Retrospective, Kronprinzenpalais, Berlin

Running from the 30th of January to April 14th, this big blockbuster retrospective pays tribute to 40 years of the late Gianni Versace. Set to be the largest exhibit ever of Gianni's personal work, it features iconic designs worn by Elton John, Naomi Campbell and Prince. There is also a full reconstruction of Gianni's former flamboyantly designed bedroom in Miami.

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Martin Margiela Restrospective, Palais Galliera, Paris

From March 3rd to July 15th, 2018, this major exhibition is the first retrospective in Paris devoted to Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela. Featuring over 100 designs, house archives and special installations, it offers a unique insight into the thought process of a man who remains the creator without a face- refusing to do interviews, and whose clothes came with a plain white label bereft of any brand-name.

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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

The Costume Institute's spring 2018 exhibition—at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—will feature a dialogue between fashion and religious artworks from The Met collection. Featuring papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy (many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican), it runs from May 10th- October 8th, 2018.

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Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech

This new museum dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent is a must-see when in Marrakech. Designed by acclaimed architects Studio KO, the layout is futuristic and sublime. Go, browse and spend time in the library and café (with yummy mint tea and cakes), then continue the culture with a walk to the nearby Jardin Majorelle.

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Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier, Design Museum, London

Following the untimely death of Tunisian-born couturier Azzedine Alaïa in Paris on November 18, 2017, London's Design Museum will pay tribute with a retrospective running from 10 May - 7 October 2018. Before his passing, Azzedine Alaïa helped plan the exhibit that explores his career and creative process. A legendary perfectionist (who cut all his own patterns), there will be over 60 pieces of couture on display.

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Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern, Fashion & Textile Museum, London

From 25 May – 23 September, 2018, London's Fashion & Textile Museum will display over 150 patterns and products by Irish designer Orla Kiely. Kiely is known globally for her bright rhythms and popping repeats of pattern and the exhibit will explore the power of decoration to transform the way we feel.

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Frida Kahlo, Making Herself-Up, V&A Museum, London

One of the 20th century’s most significant artistic figures, Frida Kahlo’s boho look has inspired hundreds of trends (Beyonce credits her bold approach to dressing as a life-long obsession with Kahlo). When she died in 1954, her husband, fellow artist Diego Rivera, locked up her clothing in a storage room, and said that it would not be released for the public until after his death. From 16th June – 4th November 2018, London's V&A will present the first exhibition to be held outside of Mexico of Kahlo’s clothing and personal possessions- including prosthetics, medicines, accessories, jewellery, photographs and letters.

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Showcasing a collection in Paris of 200 iconic pieces of artwork from MoMa, that ranges from minimalism to Pop Art, this all-encompassing show runs until March 5, 2018. Displayed in the 126,000-square-foot Frank Gehry-designed building, leased by LVMH for 55 years to support culture and heritage, it's worth a peek for the fashion-meets-architecture alone. Insider's tip: buy the ticket online and reduce the waiting line.

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Fondazione Prada Osservatorio for Contemporary Photography, Milan

One of the most prominent names in contemporary fashion, Prada's Osservatorio in Milan has been under construction and will be unveiling some new additions in 2018. A little of the beaten track, the fare is around $15-18 Euros each way from Duomo Square- make it worthwhile by grabbing a snack in the Wes Anderson designed Bar Luce while there.

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Balenciaga, Shaping Fashion, V&A, LONDON

Running until the 18th of February 2018, this retrospective of Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972) shows how the Spanish designer changed women's silhouettes forever with the baby-doll dress, the sack dress, the balloon hem and shapes that stand out from the crowd. They even have x-rays that show the inner complexities of Balenciaga's couture gowns.