Museums put fashion on display in time for summer travels

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With summer vacation within arm’s reach students are bound to start planning warm-weather travels. Whether you’re heading home to another part of the country or road tripping through the states there are plenty of red-carpet-worthy museum exhibits to check out along the way.

For eastbound travelers, The Metropoloitan Museum of Art in New York City offers arguably the chicest exhibits, including a fashion-themed collection available from May 10 through August 19.

According to, “The Met’s Spring 2012 Costume Institute exhibition, ‘Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations’, explores the striking affinities between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, two Italian designers from different eras.”

The collection will, according to the site, feature photographs of both the designers and their designs throughout the years. Tickets are $12 for student general admission to the museum with no added fee for special collections.

Heading toward the Rockies? The Denver Art Museum is the only American location to house the “Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective” collection. According to, the exhibit “features a stunning selection of 200 haute couture garments along with numerous photographs, drawings, and films…” and is meant to “to explore the full arc of Saint Laurent’s career, from his first days at Dior in 1958 through the splendor of his evening dresses from 2002.” The exhibit will be on display through July 8.

Attendees can snag a Style Pass, according to, which provides discounts as a variety of Denver stores including Juicy Couture and Michael Kors.

The fashionable exhibits continue southwest into Arizona at the Phoenix Art Museum, which will be housing the Ellman Fashion Design Gallery. This exhibit features work designed by, according to, Karl Lagerfeld and Emilio Pucci, just to name a few.

On display are “ensembles from the 19th century to the current collections” which includes clothing and accessories. The exhibit ends on July 15 and general student admission is $10.

Museum-goers that make it all the way to the west coast can attend the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, or FIDM, Museum and Galleries in Los Angeles. Starting July 24, the location will be showing the 6th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design exhibit.

The organization is focused in allowing the public to “examine the roles of historic fashion, accessories, textiles, jewelry, fragrance, and related ephemera in their relationship to society, history, art, and technology”, according to

Admission is free for all exhibits, including The Annette Green Perfume Gallery.