From ballgowns to bustiers: eight must-see fashion expos around the world

Herb Ritts: L.A. Style
Extended until September 2
Los Angeles, USA

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles presents late fashion photographer Herb Ritts's high-drama black and white photographs which helped place him alongside icons such as Richard Avedon and Irving Penn. One of the most lauded works at the expo is the iconic 1989 black and white group shot of Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour and Tatjana Patitz.
http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/ritts/fashion.html


Louis Vuitton - Marc Jacobs

Until September 16
Paris, France

The Louis Vuitton - Marc Jacobs exhibition at the city's museum of Arts Décoratifs celebrates the luxury label's namesake and its current creative director by comparing and analyzing their achievements and contributions to the fashion industry during very different time periods.
http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/english-439/exhibitions/forthcoming-events


The World of Cristobal Balenciaga

Until October 7
Paris, France

Marking the 40th anniversary of Cristobal Balenciaga's death, the Cité de la Mode et du Design in Paris presents over 70 ready-to-wear pieces and 40 couture creations made by the label's namesake himself between 1937 and 1968.
http://www.paris.fr/loisirs/musee-galliera/exposition/crist-bal-balenciaga-collectionneur-de-modes/rub_6129_stand_112604_port_13749


Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion

Until October 8
Tokyo, Japan

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo presents an exhibition focusing on the creativity and cultural background of Japanese fashion. Concentrating on development over the last 30 years, iconic designers including Kenzo Takada, Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto will be in the limelight.
http://www.mot-art-museum.jp/eng/2012/fashion/


Fashion A-Z - Part 2

Until November 10
New York, USA

This is the second part of the museum at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology's series displaying their archives, with visitors able to see creations from the likes of Balmain and Ralph Lauren organized all the way through the alphabet to give a sense of the range of the museum's holdings in modern and contemporary fashion.
http://fitnyc.edu/12469.asp


Christian Lacroix, La Source et le Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris

Until December 31
Paris, France

This exhibit at the Centre National du Costume de Scène focuses around Christian Lacroix's costume designs for ballet La Source staged last year in Paris. In addition to presenting the actual costumes for La Source in the context of the stage performance, the exhibition traces the process behind their creation -- from the drawing and maquette stage through the labor-intensive fabrication in the costume workshops to the end result put on stage.
http://www.cncs.fr/


Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950

Until January 6, 2013
London, UK

London's Victoria & Albert museum presents beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers designed for social events such as private parties, royal balls, state occasions and opening nights designed by British fashion designers such as Jenny Packham and Alexander McQueen.
http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/ballgowns/


Valentino: Master of Couture

November 29 - March 3, 2013
Somerset House, London

London's Somerset House presents an exhibition focusing on Valentino's haute couture designs, with over 130 gowns including iconic pieces worn by Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren to be showcased. The exhibit will run for three months and will be divided into three sections: the Italian designer's history, catwalk creations and the workings of the Valentino atelier.
http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/valentino