Looking for something to do in Boston this weekend? Fashion lovers, I have the perfect thing for you! The Museum of Fine Arts has two fashion-inspired exhibits currently on display that any stylista will adore.
First up, Kenneth Paul Block’s Illustration collection…
You know those adorable fashion illustrations we see on Instagram or as décor on your bestie’s gallery wall? Well, Kenneth Paul Block basically shaped fashion illustration in the 20th Century. As the illustrator for Women’s Wear Daily and W Magazine, he is seen as the most important fashion illustrator of our time. The MFA exhibit features a number of his works from both magazines, including illustrations of Jackie O and members of the royal family. Since the illustrations and his career spanned from the 1950s into the 1990s, I loved seeing the variety of fashions over the many years. Some of my favorite illustrations were of 1930s inspired fashion that Bill Blass brought back, as well as his illustrations of some truly stunning Halston dresses.
Right next door to Block’s illustrations lives Hiro’s breathtaking fashion photography. As a well known photographer for Harper’s Bazaar, Hiro has had a long career photographing many of fashions most famous. This exhibit is the first solo exhibit of Hiro’s in an American museum and is filled with photographs that to me are innovative and beautiful. Many of them are different than your traditional editorial fashion shoot, but they are all beautiful. My favorite was a series of pictures of some seriously beautiful Harry Winston jewels paired with animals. It’s not how you would normally picture diamonds, but the result is fantastic!
Visiting the Museum of Fine Arts (and the other museums in Boston!) is a favorite weekend activity of mine. Because the MFA frequently adds new exhibits like these two, it’s easy to keep going back for more. If you aren’t free this weekend, don’t worry- both the Kenneth Paul Block and Hiro exhibits are open until August 14th, so there is plenty of time to pay a visit!
How fun! Next time I’m in Boston I will have to go check it out 😊
Thanks Jess- I think you’d love it!
How fun!! They look so cool. This was super informative and now I want to go look at art!
Thanks lady 🙂 I love having so many art museums near by, but the MFA is my fave!
I haven’t been to the MFA in forever. this looks like a fun exhibit to make a trip for!
It is such a fun one, Kristen! Hope you’ll go back for a visit soon- I love it there!
Looks like such a cool exhibit! Would love to see this in person!
Come visit Boston, Mindy! 🙂
I am so glad you covered this exhibit! It’s so refreshing seeing something cultured and artistic on my blog feeds! Loving how you approached this!
Thanks Mariam! 🙂
Oh I would love to visit this museum. I read your blog post and the history about the fashion illustrations and the photographer for Harper’s Bazaar and that is so incredible that you were able to experience it all live. I would love to see all of that and learn more. We have a beautiful fashion exhibit in the Indy Art Museum well, it is actually the home of funky bones (featured in Fault In Our Stars) so you will have to check that out, if you ever visit!
Thanks Morgan! The Fault In Our Stars is one of my favorite books 🙂 I would love to see that!
How cool! I would have totally loved to visit this exhibit! Love all of the art. Thanks for sharing Jenna! Xo, Roselyn
Thanks for reading, girlie 🙂 xoxo!
Oh my! This post was so fun to read! I am a huge fan of art so all of these pictures and details were so fascinating! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks lady! Big art fan here too, so it’s fun to combine fashion with art… though I guess fashion is art 🙂
Looks interesting! I’ll have to stop by if I’m ever in the area.
Thanks Kathy, it is a great museum to visit in Boston!