Want to get a fashion fix without spending a ton of money? Take a minute, play tourist and check out these cultural institutions for a little apparel and accessory therapy. Museums across the country are open, some with adjusted summer hours and senior discounts, waiting for you – yes, you the fashionable one – to visit.
Gogo: Nature Transformed (through Aug. 25, 2013)
High Museum of Art, www.high.org
- Inspired by natural and found objects (bone, shells, seaweed), Janet “Gogo” Ferguson exhibits her work using the lost-wax process to render stunning works in gold and silver.
Museum Info: Telephone: 404.733.4444; Days of Operation: Tuesday-Sunday; Admission: $19.50 adults, $16.50 seniors
Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair (through Jan. 5, 2014)
Chicago History Museum, www.chicagohistory.org
- Experience the traveling show that started as a charitable vehicle and a way to show luxury European fashions to Black America in the 1960s and ’70s.
Museum Info: Telephone: 312.642.4600; Days of Operation: Monday-Saturday; Admission fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors
Behind the Veil: Brides and Their Dresses (through Aug. 11, 2013)
American Textile History Museum, www.athm.org
- This comprehensive exhibit takes a look at the bride, her attire from the past 100 years and, how she decided upon it.
Museum Info: Telephone: 978.441.0400; Exhibit Days: Wednesday-Sunday; Admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors
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From Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler (through July 21, 2013)
Bass Museum, www.bassmuseum.org
– This whimsical collection features 200 wearable artworks by 135 renowned artists, including Pablo Picasso and Jeff Koons.
Museum Info: Telephone: 305.673.7530; Days of Operation: Wednesday-Thursday; Admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors
Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced (through July 28, 2013)
The City Museum of New York, www.mcny.org
- This retrospective of the work of the first African American designer to gain international fame traces Burrows’ legacy as a fashion innovator with original illustrations, paintings and garments.
Museum Info: Telephone: 212.534.1672; Days of Operation: Daily; Suggested Admission: $10 adults, $6 seniors
From Punk to Chaos (through Aug. 14, 2013)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, www.metmuseum.org
- Punk, the gritty movement of the 1970s, is examined in this 100-garment exhibition featuring do-it-yourself urban pieces alongside haute couture crafted by luxury design brands.
Museum Info: Telephone: 212.535.7710; Days of Operation: Tuesday-Sunday; Suggested Admission: $25 adults, $17 seniors
All Dressed Up: Fashions for Children and Their Families (through Dec. 1, 2013)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, www.philamuseum.org
- Those infatuated by children’s clothing, particularly that of the 18th through mid-20th centuries, will enjoy this curated collection that takes an in-depth look at the design concept of children’s wear, accessory application, and the relationship between kids styles and adults.
Museum Info: Telephone: 215.763.8100; Days of Operation: Tuesday-Sunday; Admission: $20 adults, $18 seniors
Digital Print Fashion (through July 14, 2013)
Phoenix Art Museum, www.phxart.org
- This revolutionary exhibit showcases how fashion designers have embraced the technological advances in graphics software, photography and ink jet printing over the past 20 years.
Museum Info: Telephone: 602.257.1222; Days of Operation: Wednesday-Sunday; Admission: $15 adults, $12 seniors
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Credits: Chicago History Museum: Image by John Alderson; All other images courtesy of the museums.