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!