Sunday, December 15, 2013


The main room of Byronesque Offline featuring Vivienne Westwood, Jean-Paul Gaultier, John Galliano and more

Nestled in a back corner, discreetly represented by a single sign at the end of the dimly lit hallway, vintage punk (style) finds comfort in a thematically fitting space. Two floors above the bustling retail outlet of the James A. Farley Post Office, vintage clothier Byronesque and local brand partners exhibit rare pieces from some of punk fashion's most revered--in the abandoned office area. Aptly titled Offline,'s 3-day long weekend popup doubles as both boutique and display, ushering a curated selection of online offerings into the purview of a purchasing public.

The end of the hallway on the third floor of the abandoned Post Office

In 5 years of frequenting the magnificent landmark that spans 2 city blocks between 31st and 33rd streets, I had never ventured past the vast lobby of the Post Office. Trekking through the snow Saturday morning, the instructions for Byronesque Offline led me up three flights of stairs to a virtually vacant third floor. A stale, musty smell, barren offices and a faint reddish glow illuminating the hallway are mildly reminiscent of a haunted asylum; the neat rows of partially clothed mannequins in the main exhibit space clearly acquiesce.  

Jean-Paul Gaultier top with hands scarf and red fingernails from his S/S 1983 "Dada" Collection

Bordering the main space, two rooms of video loop interviews and career highlights featuring designers and fashion icons the likes of George Pejkoski (designer for MMM) and Diane Pernet (celebrated fashion journalist). Across the way, a piece from John Galliano's Les Incroyables graduation collection hangs on a blackened wall (not for sale, of course). Within the main "cage," guests can admire rare pieces by Jean Paul Gautier, Commes des Garçons, JohnGalliano, Vivienne Westwood, etc.--all aged 20 years or more. It's a banner year for punk/alternative style and this display certainly keeps the ball rolling. 

 Main exhibition space 

For me, the most interesting part of the whole experience was being able to walk down the eerie halls and up the many layers that comprise the historic building. The antiquated hardware, vault doors and barred cages are really quite creepy, but lend to the rebel-style aesthetic. At a point when the idea of punk may almost seem overdone, I must say… between the MET, the Brooklyn Museum and now Byronesque, each exhibit has been engaging and well-done in its own right.

View from the back

 Neat rows of mannequins, partially clothed in rare designer vintage-punk styles

Video Installation

A coat from John Galliano's Les Incroyables graduation collection

Studded Moschino black leather jacket

Unique tags for each piece

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