This month, many exciting art & design exhibitions are going on around the world. Here is our selection of what we think will influence the fashion world the most:
The New Acropolis Museum, Athens
Scheduled to open this weekend, the New Acropolis Museum is one of the most anticipated cultural projects of the decade. It's modern design by architect Bernard Tschumi has been a bit controversial for the Greeks, juxtaposed with its neighbour, the Parthenon. The collection is heavily concentrated on Ancient Greek art including some of the original panels of the Parthenon frieze, depicting a procession in honour of Athena.
Expect designers to be inspired by the "wet drapery" look of the sculptures' garb, and perhaps the colour range and pattern possibilities of stone. Special dedication to Greek native Sophia Kokosalaki and designers like Chris Benz who will be vacationing in Mykonos this summer.
At the Russian Court, Hermitage Museum, Amsterdam
Also opening this month is the expanded Hermitage Amsterdam. Aiming to bring more of Russia's artistic heritage to Western Europe, the museum is ten times larger than before. The inaugural exhibition, At the Russian Court: Palace and Protocol in the 19th century, includes over 1800 objects on loan from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. The grandeur and power of the period is shown threw hundreds of ball gowns and other costumes, court paintings, jewelry by Fabergé, and furniture including the famous Romanov throne.
Expect designers to be inspired by the opulence of Russian Court dressing. Gold embroideries, brocades, moirés, and satin shoes are all details that will be of interest. This exhibit is guaranteed to please Christian Lacroix, and we're guessing Erdem too.
Banksy, Bristol Museum, Bristol
Mysterious graffiti artist, Banksy, returns home to Bristol to 'remix' the museum's permanent collection and exhibit over 100 of his own works. It is the largest Banksy show to date. With lots of humour, Banksy has modified permanent exhibits like adding certain props to make a lion look like he has eaten his tamer.
Expect designers to be influenced by his sense of humour and his mash-ups of classical art and graffiti. Spray paint, stencils and dripping paint will make for exciting prints. Guaranteed to please John-Charles de Castelbajac, Vivienne Westwood, and denim lines like Diesel and Miss Sixty.