In Cape Town, Paris, New York and beyond – 5 must-see virtual fashion exhibitions as we lockdown

Designs by Rei Kawakubo on display at the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between Costume on 1 May 2017. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Designs by Rei Kawakubo on display at the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between Costume on 1 May 2017. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Visit the world’s fashion capitals and experience a marriage of fashion and art, without setting foot outside.

In what has previously been experienced in a large social gathering, possibly with a lipstick-stained wine glass in hand, the lockdown period has changed the ways we experience culture and consume art.

Various forms of art have been a grounding force for many during the self-isolation and lockdown period. Music, television and films have kept many of us company during this coronavirus pandemic. In addition to this, virtual museums and galley tours are increasingly gaining popularity.

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We now have the option to scroll through galleries, browse museums and be guided through some of the most elite art hubs from across the world. Although, we will probably soak in this experience dressed from the waist up and have socks on our feet instead of shoes.

The Google Arts & Culture project has made it possible to access a wide range of virtual exhibitions from all corners of the earth, without daring to leave your home of course. Some individual museums and galleries have availed their own virtual tours as well.

Here we have narrowed down five must-see, and must-hear, fashion exhibitions from galleries in South Africa and abroad.

Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

While the Met Gala, the fashion fraternity’s most sought after event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, its host, The Metropolitan Museum of Art stages a selection of online fashion exhibitions. This exhibition is a collaboration between designer Rei Kawakubo and The Met museum, a perfect installation where art truly meets fashion.

Nobukho Nqaba’s Izicwangciso Zezethu... (We Make Plans)

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa has audio tours of its exhibitions on SoundCloud. One of the outstanding audio tours being Nobukho's Izicwangciso Zezethu... (We Make Plans) featuring the notorious red, blue and white checkered polyethylene bags with a rich history.

Frida Kahlo

As part of the Google Arts & Culture project as well, celebrated artist Frida Kahlo has her own exhibition. However, not of her self-portraits but, on her style.

Coco Chanel

The luxury fashion house popular for its tweed suits and its No.5 perfume has a long-standing history in fashion. The museum has an exhibition on its romanticism era of tulle and lace and another, the Parisian brand's genesis titled Coco Chanel: Modernism.

Met Museum Chanel screenshot

Coco Chanel: Modernism virtual exhibition (screenshot)


Christian Dior

Titled Christian Dior: Ball gowns, this exhibition features gowns from the late 1940s and early 1950s, including a design that was resurrected on the 2010s red carpet.

Met Museum Dior

Christian Dior: Ball gowns virtual exhibition (screenshot)

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