Thursday, July 8, 2010

NYC's Sidewalk-Catwalk


As if the streets of New York City's fashion district weren't already full of fashionistas (whether legit or faux), the district has added a little more style to the street via a chic public art installation. The work, known as Sidewalk-Catwalk, will take fashion's most basic tool, the mannequin, and feature the creativity of some of the industry's top designers. 


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Tommy Hilfiger's all-American mannequin, but of course.

Custom built and designed mannequins, displayed runway-style (aka "strutting" down the street), are showcased down the bustling sidewalk of famed Broadway from Times Square to Herald Square.  


Rebecca Taylor's signature boho floral style.

Each mannequin displays a unique vision from the artists, ranging from Jason Wu and Tommy Hilfiger to Rebecca Taylor, Rachel Roy and DVF. 


Diane Von Furstenberg

Designers were encouraged to style the mannequin in their signature style, but since real clothing wouldn't survive the NYC streets for 3 months, designers had to step out of the box and use materials that will stand the elements (and crazies on the street). 

The mannequins will be on display through September 3. Following the end of the installation will be an auction beniffiting Materials for the Arts.





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