Fashion agenda: Met Ball launches McQueen exhibit

Fashion weeks in Sydney and Barcelona and two of fashion's biggest yearly gala events are coming up over the next few weeks.

16th Rosemount Australian Fashion Week
May 2-6
Sydney, Australia

Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (RAFW) is the Asia Pacific's premier stop on the international fashion week circuit joining Paris, Milan, New York and London. The five-day official schedule includes on-site collection shows held within state-of-the-art collection showrooms, off-site collection shows, The Gallery and The Presentation Suites at The Westin Sydney. The Rosemount Australian Fashion Week is Australia's most globally followed fashion event, but the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival is the most popular fashion festival with the locals.
http://rafw.com.au
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Met Ball

May 2
New York, USA

The star-studded Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala will open the eagerly awaited Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit. Fashion's biggest stars will parade the hottest designers' creations, but this year will also see some unexpected guests including one-time Vogue model and NBA basketball player Amar'e Stoudemire. Also, socialite Daphne Guinness will be getting dressed in a Barney's shop window on the day - in Alexander McQueen of course.
http://www.metmuseum.org


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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
May 4 - July 31
New York, USA

Five collections from the fashion designer's 19-year career span Dante (1996-97), Number 13 (1999), Voss (2001), Irere (2003), and Plato's Atlantis (2010), as well as videos of his runway presentations up to McQueen's death in February 2010.
http://www.metmuseum.org


20th Barcelona Bridal Week

May 10-15
Barcelona, Spain

The bridal week, which sees shows and presentations from domestic and international designers including Pronovias (Spain) and Cymbeline (France), shares a spot with New York Bridal Week as the leading event in the field.
http://www.moda-barcelona.com


19th Life Ball

May 21
Vienna, Austria

The annual AIDS charity event will feature an impressive guest list with, for instance, singer Janet Jackson representing the Foundation for AIDS Research. The opening ceremony and the fashion show on the Vienna City Hall Square are free and accessible to all with no charge, however the Ball itself is reserved to 3,780 guests.
http://www.lifeball.org
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