Three exhibitions worth travelling to
1. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
London is where the iconic designer was brought up, and it's in this capital where his creations are celebrated. 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' is a look at his most fascinating archives and a walk through some of the most memorable concepts that make up his creations. From his fascination with the elements of earth, wind, fire and water, and the Victorian Gothic references that Edgar Allan Poe would be proud of, to London's Savile Row influence, everything from religion to art history is touched upon. Go beyond just the dress (and antlers).
Till 2 August at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. More info here.
2. The Language of Flowers
Florals for spring? Groundbreaking. In some cases, it is — such as Gucci's Flora. First seen on a silk scarf designed for Grace Kelly in 1966, it went on to become one of the brand's most iconic prints. Aligning with this affinity for blooms is 'The Language of Flowers', an exhibition that brings together the works of four artists between 1967 and 2012. Featuring an iconography of flowers, each work deals separately with themes like seduction, grief and politics; giving these floral visuals a deeper meaning beyond their aesthetics.
Till 20 September at Gucci Museo, Florence. More info here.
3. The Rise of Sneaker Culture
When did sneakers go from mere basketball staples to runway-ready kicks? A couple of big names were responsible for that — Adidas, Nike and Converse to name a few — but it took more than just a couple of pretty faces fronting campaigns to change the scene. 'The Rise of Sneaker Culture' explores the complex social history and cultural significance of this footwear, from looking at archives of the big name manufacturers as well as studying the revolution of rubber. Highlights include a close look at a spiked running shoe from the 1860s, as well as the original Air Force 1s.
10 July to 4 October at the Brooklyn Museum, New York City. More info here.