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What are the Best Fashion and Design Events this April?

The Dandelion Chandelier Calendar for Luxury Fashion and Design highlights our top picks for the best luxury fashion and design events this April 2019. These are the art auctions, antique shows, art fairs, design shows, and fashion and beauty events that you need to know about. For the rest of the Luxury Calendar, click here.

This April in the world of fashion and design

This month’s fashion and design calendar takes us around the world, making stops in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Start the month in Hong Kong at the Sotheby’s NIGOLDENEYE Vol. 1 sale where you will find all things hypebeast from before hypebeast was even a thing.  Next, head to London for the V&A’s Mary Quant exhibit to celebrate the woman behind the mod look of the 60’s.

Next stop? South Africa for the annual Condé Nast International Luxury Conference.  Finally, close out the month in Milan with a double dose of design. The annual Milan Design Week runs concurrently with Salone del Mobile Milano.

So pack your bags for a worldwide adventure in fashion and design this April.

1. luxury fashion and beauty

Famous for popularizing miniskirts in the 1960’s (with hems as short as her famous bob cut by Vidal Sassoon), the British stylist Mary Quant had a much bigger impact on fashion than she is often credited with. Nearly 150 pieces of clothing and photographs from the Victoria & Albert Museum archives, and dozens of private belongings owned by Quant, will be on display for the first time ever – Apr 6 – Feb 16

The CFDA will host its 2nd annual Fashion Leadership Conference at the Hearst Conference Center. The event will cover topics like Inclusion & Diversity in Retail, Designing for Disability, What Was Once Waste is Now Fashion, Fashion Servicing the Community, Health & Well-being and Gender Non-Confirming in Design – Apr 11

New York Fashion Week Bridal takes place in various locations throughout Manhattan; expect plenty of dreamy dresses – Apr 11 – 14

Returning to New York’s Pier 94 is IMATS, the cosmetics world’s largest gathering – Apr 12 – 14

Fashion Revolution Week takes place during April every year to generate support for greater transparency in the global fashion supply chain – Apr 22 – 28

Mary Quant

2. art fairs

Art Paris Art Fair will bring together 150 galleries from around the world in the Grand Palais. This year’s edition will feature A Gaze at Women Artists in France and Southern Stars: An Exploration of Latin American Art – Apr 4 – 7

One of the world’s most prestigious annual photography events, The Photography Show by AIPAD returns to Pier 94 in New York. A wide range of museum-quality work, including contemporary, modern, and 19th-century photographs will be on sale. There will also be photo-based art, video and new media – Apr 4 – 7

The 24th edition of Miart will once again be the central event of Milan Art Week. It’s a week-long series of exhibition openings, special events and performances throughout the city – Apr 5 – 7

The Dallas Art Fair is celebrating its 11th year. The event offers the opportunity to engage with a rich selection of modern and contemporary art presented by leading national and international galleries – Apr 11 – 14

At the end of the month, Art Beijing will hold its 14th annual edition – Apr 24 – 29

Milan Art Week

3. art auctions and antique shows

Long-time collector NIGO is renowned for his discerning eye. He’s credited with engineering the game-changing crossovers between street art, pop iconography and fashion brands.  Sotheby’s hosts NIGOLDENEYE Vol. 1, featuring pieces from his personal collection – Apr 1

Nigolden Eye

Daydreaming: Photographs from the Goldstein Collection at Christies is a 69-work collection of the last 100 years. It includes themes of mid-century fashion, Hollywood glamour and classical portraiture captured by masters like Richard Avedon and Irving Penn – Apr 2

Launched in 1985, the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair is a key antiques event for the design trade. It was the first major London fair to combine formal and decorative antiques with art and accessories – Apr 9 – 14

Magnificent Jewels at Christies will feature work from high society jeweler Raymond Yard. The show-stopper is  an Art Deco ruby-and-diamond double-clip brooch – Apr 16

Art Deco Ruby and Diamond Double-Clip Brooch by Raymond Yard

4. design shows and conferences

Now in its sixth year, the Copenhagen Architecture Festival explores the relationship between humans and architecture through a program of talks, films, workshops and exhibitions – Apr 4 – 14

The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world; it’s attended annually by more than 75,000 people – Apr 6 – 10

Salone del Mobile Milano debuts its 58th edition this month. It was founded in 1961 as a vehicle for promoting Italian furniture and furnishings exports. Other major trade shows run concurrently, including EuroCucina (International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition); the International Bathroom Exhibition; and the annual International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition – Apr 9 – 14

To coincide with the Salone fair, design also takes over the rest of the Italian city, making Milan Design Week the biggest annual get-together in the calendar – Apr 9 – 14

International business and creative leaders will join host Suzy Menkes to discuss the new nature of luxury at the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference – Apr 10 – 11

Copenhagen Architecture Festival

That’s it. Our top picks for the best luxury fashion and design events this April 2019. Have a brilliant month.

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Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier. Formerly, she was a Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in NYC and is married with three young children. She loves cross country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.

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