Fashion is strutting its stuff, not only on runways in Milan and Toronto, but also in museum exhibits throughout the world.

A year after the death of the iconic designer, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty was one of the best attended shows in the history of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Other museums rushed to create similar shows, showcasing the place where popular culture and art intersect by providing an interpretive spin on modern design. For cash-strapped museums, it’s always important to get bodies through the doors and fashion appears to have that potential.  

Designer Jean Paul Gaultier's creations are now on tour, after a blockbuster show in the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.

Christian Louboutin's posh footwear is the focus this spring at the Design XChange in Toronto.

David Bowie's very popular show at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London showcases the musician’s costumes and design ideas.

Recognizing the trend, the Royal Ontario Museum is holding talks about fashion as an art form.

 "If you saw the Gaultier exhibit ...they started to play with some very theatrical elements including these holographic images," says Jeanne Beker of FashionTelevision.

"So these multimedia shows are, I think, really welcome, really interesting, and I think we should be seeing a lot more of them."

Beker, who has written about the fashion world for more than 30 years, argues it’s time museums looked to contemporary design and its impact on the popular imagination.

"Let's get people in there. Let's give young people, and us old people too, a reason to come and celebrate. I mean are museums essentially not about humanity and about our culture and about where we stand on this planet as human beings? I think it's the perfect fit," she says.

For people from the fashion world, a museum show is welcome recognition.

Melanie Talkington, a Vancouver business woman who collects and creates corsets, will see her garments exhibited in the Louvre, during a summer exhibit called The Mechanics of Underwear.

"To have a prestigious museum in Paris contact me and fly me over there basically roll out the red carpet to my first meeting with the curator," said a surprised Talkington, who is owner and designer of Lace Embrace Atelier.  "He told me I was an expert."