The fashion spring has more to offer than new looks: five exhibitions around fashion photography, crazy trends, style icons and textile production – recommended by our reportage intern Aleksandra Hiltmann.

Karl Lagerfeld and his fashion shows are unmistakable. Photographer Simon Procter has worked closely with the eccentric fashion designer to create iconic images. These can now be admired in the new Zurich gallery Kate Vass. One of Procter’s specialities in his work as a fashion photographer: pictures that look like antique paintings. The exhibition shows a large-format work from a Dior campaign, on which this fusion of art history and modern technology can be impressively seen. “I’ve never thought about my fame,” says Procter modestly. His photographs have been published in titles such as “Vogue,” “Harper’s Bazaar,” and “New York Times Magazine,” and now belong to museums and private collections worldwide. About his collaboration with Modezar Lagerfeld, he says: “Karl is a great guy. At the shootings, he personally welcomed everyone with a handshake. He has always created a relaxed working atmosphere.

Are you ready to travel back in time? Technological change, social upheaval and a constant search for new musthaves – from interiors and paintings to what one needs and attracts in everyday life – moved Switzerland and Europe. The Landesmuseum Zürich shows selected objects from this controversial epoch, in which style was the subject of much passionate discussion.

Everything used to be good and civilized. Not at all. Slit fashion, pubic capsule, ripe skirts – fashion already had shrill to frowned upon flowers centuries ago. The exhibition at the Kunsthaus shows how artists reacted to fashion trends. Works by more than 50 artists take a critical and at the same time sensual look at the fashion history of the last 500 years and present a variety of techniques for picking up on trends from the Middle Ages to modernity: Painting, drawings, sculpture, installations, photography and film.

If you enter the former halls of the worsted spinning mill today, young and old can dance to rock or jazz. But 150 years ago industrial and fashion history was written there, it was the hour of birth of the “Schaffhauser Wolle”. The Museum zu Allerheiligen celebrates this anniversary with an exhibition on the ball of wool and its conquest of Swiss everyday culture. Over 100 advertising posters by well-known graphic designers and artists show the innovative advertising strategies of 1924-1989 for “Schaffhausen wool”. They reflect not only a piece of Swiss advertising history, but also the aesthetic and social trends of the time. Interviews with contemporary witnesses, films and photos from the (former) halls of the worsted spinning mill document the pioneering spirit of Schaffhausen and its place in Swiss industrial history. And knitted booklets and clothing from past decades provide a retro feel.

An inspiration for spring and far beyond is the retrospective on the work of Christa de Carouge. The fashion and textile designer died in January this year. Shortly before, she created a complete show of her work with the Kunsthaus Zug, the first of its kind. In the entire Kunsthaus de Carouges designs and fabrics can be experienced. Touching, covering and hanging is even desired. With her cuts, ideas about dresses as a home and not least her contribution to the debate about the local image of women, she has written fashion history – so it’s high time to pay the Kunsthaus Zug a visit and let herself be inspired – in honour of Madame de Carouge.

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