Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) is one of the most anticipated events in the art world, but oftentimes it's the fashion at the fair that takes center stage. Being street-style-ready is often as crucial as touring Basel's satellite fairs and cruising the museums, and style mavens come prepared. But they also come ready to be inspired: The most committed of fashionistas take it one step further, carving time out of their busy Miami Art Week schedules to scour shows centered on what they love most.
The relationship between art and fashion will be on full display during Art Week. From viewing a Miami City Ballet costume exhibition to taking in a fashion-meets-performance-art presentation by local artist Belaxis Buil, you can count on getting your fashion fix. Spending time around such fascinating artistic beauty is bound to translate to your wardrobe, so be sure to check out these fashion-inspired events during Miami Art Week 2016.
Cosa Rica at the Congress Hotel South Beach
Merging philanthropy with fashion and performance art, Art for Progress will present Cosa Rica, a provocative installation depicting issues of identity and reconciliation in the Cuban-American subconscious. Art for Progress, a New York-based nonprofit committed to celebrating diversity in the arts, chose to focus on the Cuba/South Florida dichotomy in a series of presentations during Miami Art Week. In Cosa Rica, local artist/designer Belaxis Buil, whose multimedia, performance-based work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami and the Little Haiti Cultural Center, will present original ready-to-wear designs inspired by her Cuban heritage. The evening will also welcome performances by local artists Willie
1052 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. Saturday, December 3, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased here.
"Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism" at the Frost Art Museum
One of the season's most anticipated exhibitions will be a bit of a hike to get to but totally worth the peep. "Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism" will be on view throughout Miami Art Week. Featuring a curated selection of the celebrated Cuban-American designer's ready-to-wear garments and accessories juxtaposed with some of the works in the permanent collection of the Frost Art Museum, "An Exercise in Minimalism" was curated the Frost's
10975 SW 17th St., Miami. Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Visit frost.fiu.edu.
"Zenith: Fusing Art and Fashion" at Lou La Vie Gallery
1444 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit loulavie.com
SIWYxLULU LABORATORIUM at Lulu Laboratorium
Luxury denim brand Siwy will make its Miami Art Week debut in collaboration with Lulu Laboratorium, a fashion-meets-art lifestyle brand based in Miami Beach. The pair's first collaboration will host a series of events throughout Art Week, featuring artists such as Lola Blu, Lobyn Hamilton, AP Collection, and Domingo Zapata, who will paint their works on a Siwy limited-edition collector's jacket on display during the weekend's events. This Thursday, December 1, SIWY X LULU LABORATORIUM will kick off Miami Art Week by displaying each artist-designed jacket. The event will close December 4 with a live painting demonstration by Lola Blu. Lulu Laboratorium, a brand that celebrates art's pivotal role in fashion design, is often one of the most sought-after fashion destinations during ABMB.
173 NW 23rd St., Miami. December 1 through 3 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., December 4 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with
"A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes" at Art Seen Cultural Center
It wouldn't be Art Basel without bustling tulle skirts and over-the-top accessories. "A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes" will sate the art crowd's lust for high-end design through riveting works by designers such as Alexander McQueen and Comme des Garçons in a Wynwood warehouse setting. Curated by Musea, an international collective known for boundary-pushing fashion exhibitions, "A Queen Within" explores the various shades of feminism inherent in women's fashion design. From regal to complex to edgy, this free exhibition will present the multifaceted nature of women and the designers who dress them. Expect garments, photography, film, and artwork by Vetements, Iris van Herpen, Vivienne Westwood,
2215 NW Second Ave., Miami. Open December 1 through 5 from noon to 6 p.m.
"Lingerie Française" at the Sagamore Hotel
The Sagamore is known as an art hotel, but this year, undergarments are the main event here. "Lingerie Française," a retrospective exploring 100 years of sultry French lingerie designs, has transformed the Sagamore's public art spaces. Running November 29 through December 6, the exhibition features more than 100 pieces of some of the most provocative lingerie trends over the past century, with a nod to how lingerie has evolved in our increasingly fast-paced, substantially less elegant world. Featuring designs by Aubade, Barbra,
1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; sagamorehotel.com. Open November 29 through December 6.
Frida Kahlo: Fashion as the Art of Being at Gran Paraiso Sales Gallery
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600 NE 31st St.., Miami. Thursday, December 1, at 1 p.m. Complimentary valet parking is available.
Miami City Ballet retrospective on Lincoln Road
The famed Miami City Ballet is as well known for its costumes as its choreography. Since October, MCB has displayed a retrospective of its storied costumes in the storefront of 530 Lincoln Rd. Showcasing costumes from some of the corps' most scenic ballets, including A Midsummer Night's Dream and Swan Lake, the exhibition
530 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach.
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