Courtesy of Balenciaga Archives, Paris

Three fashion exhibits with far-flung inspirations.

November 11, 2010

At New York’s Queen Sofía Spanish Institute, “Balenciaga: Spanish Master(spanishinstitute.org; through Feb. 19) shows the late Basque couturier’s avant-garde pieces, including gowns worn by Spanish nobility.

This season, Louis Vuitton celebrates Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Indian artist Rajeev Sethi designed the company’s window displays worldwide using illuminated trunks and clothes inspired by Indian motifs.

Yves Saint Laurent and Morocco” spotlights the French designer’s North African–style creations—such as bougainvillea-embossed caftans—at the Jardin Majorelle (jardinmajorelle.com; through March 18) in Marrakesh.

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