Top Textile and Fashion Exhibits on Deck During New York Textile Week

New York is the city of many things, but fashion and textiles are standouts.


If you want to see more than what’s on hand at the New York Textile Week shows, check out some of the exhibits on around the city at the same time.


Two exhibits are on at The Met, and one of them is “The Secret Life of Textiles: Synthetic Materials,” which features more than 40 ensembles from The Costume Institute’s collection 20th century creations made from materials like modern plastics.




Also at The Met is an exhibit called, “From the Imperial Theater: Chinese Opera Costumes of the 18th and 19th Centuries.” This exhibit looks at luxury textiles from artistic and technical points of view, with one focus on costumes used in dramas based on historical events, and another focusing on costumes used in plays based on legends and myths.


From The Met, head to the Museum of Arts and Design for “Fashion after Fashion,” which looks at redefining fashion after what fashion trend forecaster Li Edelkoort called “the end of fashion as we know it.”