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“Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design”
The renowned costume designer Ruth E. Carter has worked on the sets of Do the Right Thing, Selma, and Black Panther (which led to her historic Oscars win as the first Black woman to take home the best costume design award). To celebrate her expansive career in Hollywood, the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta, Georgia is hosting her first retrospective. The exhibition will be on view until September 21, 2021.
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Opening on April 15 at Lafayette Anticipations in Paris, Belgian avant-garde designer Martin Margiela is staging his first solo show—as an artist. Paintings, sculptures, and photographs will be on view, but more details are being kept under wraps. The exhibit is meant to be one total artwork, and will also showcase never-before-seen pieces. It’s regarded as something of a comeback exhibition, after the designer retired from Maison Margiela in 2009. A multimedia exhibition, the show will feature new works themed around the passage of time, chance, and mystery. In the meantime, check out the foundation’s media library, which boasts videos, playlists, and an online exhibition of filmmaker Wu Tsang.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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“Bags: Inside Out”
The Victoria & Albert Museum in London has a huge group exhibition devoted to handbags, which runs until September 12. From Birkin bags to Louis Vuitton luggage and bags by the artist Tracey Emin, the show examines the style, design, and craftsmanship of the art of the handbag. The highlights include a backpack created by Stella McCartney x Parley for the Oceans, a frog-shaped purse from the 17th century, and Mulberry purses from the private collections of Kate Moss and Alexa Chung. Peruse the exhibit online or sign up for an online lecture about sustainability and bags on March 19, which brings together industry leaders in eco-design.