Saturday, December 28, 2013

Looking Back at 2013

Excerpts from: Shoe Obsession at FIT, Gatsby at Prada, Punk: Chaos to Couture at the MET, Jean Paul Gaultier at the Brooklyn Museum

2013 was a memorable year for exhibiting fashion in NYC. A sizeable shoe exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology's Shoe Obsession in February was followed by a seemingly endless stream of publicity around The Great Gatsby in April/May and an unprecedented number of displays emphasizing queer fashion throughout the year. Punk had a banner year, with a hefty Chaos to Couture exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum and an impressive Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum. Rounding out the category of "fashion," jewelry was the main feature at the MAD's Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger exhibit and the MET's Jewels by JAR show. Keep reading to view my top picks for 2013...

Byronesque at the abandoned James A. Farley Post Office space on 31st St.

Memorable Pop Ups
1.) A bit off the beaten path, Byronesque Offline put an eerie twist on vintage designer wares
2.) Pier 54's BOFFO Building Fashion installations paired notable architects and emerging designers, transforming a shipping container into unique temporary boutiques
3.) Kate Spade Saturday started out with four 24-hour window shops (complete with courier service within Manhattan)! Now, there are 2 fully shoppable locations

Sea ladies at the forefront of the Brooklyn Museum of Art's Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit

Memorable Exhibits
1.) The Brooklyn Museum of Art's From Sidewalk to Catwalk: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier yields lifelike, speaking mannequins and outstanding exhibit design
2.) Prada Soho's Catherine Martin and Miuccia Prada Dress Gatsby exhibit wow-ed spectators with lavish pieces worn in the Great Gatsby movie and comprehensive character bios--even for the most anonymous of characters
3.) Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD Museum) showcases a hand-picked selection from Barbara Berger's personal collection. Many of the pieces are intricately crafted by notable designers, greying the line between costume and fine jewelry

Bergdorf Goodman's 5th Ave. Punk-themed windows, May 2013

Memorable Windows
1.) To promote the MET Museum's Punk exhibit, Bergdorf Goodman crafted a series of punk-themed windows   
2.) Thom Browne's pre-Halloween windows for Saks Fifth Avenue creepily feature his Spring 2014 runway collection 
3.) Barneys New York celebrates 60 years of ChloĆ© through four hair-themed windows and vintage Karl Lagerfeld ensembles

Stay tuned for a post on upcoming exhibits for 2014!

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