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Massachusetts is home to some world class museums that both residents and visitors alike can appreciate—and these days, several of them are catering to the fashion audience. Though our regional blockbuster exhibits may not have had the recognition or attendance of say, Alexander McQueen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, they have drawn big name guests (Anna Wintour and basically every Victoria's Secret Angel among them). Here we've assembled your cheat sheet to the can't miss shows over the next few months, which museum shops are worth a visit even if you're not buying admission, and how to stay posted on designer talks.
The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Fenway
On view: While unfortunately "Hippie Chic" wraps up today, there is another exhibit to warrant your attention at this world famous institution—"Think Pink," which runs through May 26, 2014. Explore the significance of the color in fashion over the development of modern culture, with pieces from Christian Louboutin and Dolce & Gabbana to ogle.
Shopping: Consider the MFA gift shop mecca for fashion coffee table books. You'll also find Hippie Chic iPhone cases, vintage fashion prints, past exhibition catalogues, and Pantone journals.
Things to know: If anyone is going to compete with the Met, it's the MFA. Mario Testino's 2012 exhibit delivered the industry's finest visitors and a growing Fashion Council is building an impressive collection to continue developing fashion programming.
Admission: Adults, $25; Seniors, $23; Students, $23; 17 and under, Free. Wednesday nights after 4pm, admission is by voluntary contribution.
Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Avenue, Seaport
Upcoming: Following a stint at the Peabody Essex Museum earlier this year, conceptual artist Nick Cave will show his "Soundsuits" (wearable sculpture) here from February 6, 2014, through May 4, 2014.
Shopping: Don't enter the ICA store without your wallet—there are awesome buys for everyone here. Herschel backpacks, wall decals, Billy Kirk leather goods, Converse kicks, and ultra trendy handcrafted jewelry are awaiting your visit.
Things to know: Twice this year, the ICA has hosted critical and commercial designer darlings Jason Wu and Proenza Schouler for artist talks. Sign up for the museum's newsletter to keep a pulse on when more events like this are scheduled.
Admission: Adults, $15; Seniors, $13; Students with ID, $10; 17 and under, Free. Keep in mind that every Thursday night from 5pm to 9pm to museum is open without admission.
Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem
Upcoming: On Saturday, November 16, this gem of a museum on the North Shore will open its "Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion" exhibit (through January 26), highlighting the work of the mind-bending 1980s designers Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, and more.
Shopping: The PEM store boasts some sweet fashion merchandise, from Iris Apfel-inspired sunglasses to high quality hats (they did do a whole exhibit on headwear), and even dress pattern books.
Things to know: Didn't rent a car or road trip? The museum is accessible by train from downtown Boston. Take the Newbury/Rockport commuter line from North Station to the Salem station and walk briefly through Salem's historic center to PEM. Also, New York style personality and socialite Iris Apfel has bequeathed numerous pieces to the museum's collection following her exhibit there in 2009-2010—hopefully that means they will make an appearance in future programming.
Admission: Adults, $18; Seniors, $15; Students with ID, $10; 16 and under as well as Salem residents with ID, Free.
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