Blue Jean Bonanza in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Modern clothing’s end-all-be-all, the hardy blue jean, is receiving a proper retrospective at Utrecht’s Centraal Museum between now and March 10, 2013. So, if you’re a fan of denim (and who isn’t, really?) and you’re bouncing around the smaller-cities-in-Holland grid, stop by! Its only got a 2 euro surcharge!

The exhibition celebrates all things jeans, with a detailed focus spanning the full spectrum of the wardrobe essential: from its origins in the 17th century, to 19th century Levi’s produced specifically for miners, to runway designs from Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Maison Martin Margiela. Yes — even the top tier is heralded. In fact, Yves Saint Laurent once said, “I wish I had invented blue jeans.”

In a curation designed to break down the universality of denim, and to show the subtleties of its adaptations the globe over, Centraal smartly divided the program into national and international subcultures by era. Yet no matter what the time, the museum feels (as do we), that denim has repeatedly proven to be modern and innovative — and will continue to do so for years to come.

–Nicholas Remsen

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Photograph by Bill Tanaka — Gluejeans Revolution Jeans.