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Monday, October 04, 2010

Broadway Fashion Mannequins: NYC Catwalk!

I had the experience of a lifetime this summer walking along Broadway in NYC's fashion district and interacting with each of the 32 marvelous mannequins between 32nd and 42nd streets. Did you see them? I was so enthralled with the overall effect [and dismayed to hear that they would disappear in September] that I scheduled time to take photos of each one so I could share them with you.

According to VMSD's Broadway mannequins:

Broadway has been transformed into an open-air fashion runway, as 32 custom-crafted mannequins, supplied by Ralph Pucci Intl. (New York), line the famous New York thoroughfare. The Fashion Center BID (Business Improvement District) launched the Sidewalk Catwalk at the end of June, as a celebration of art and industry. The event, which will run through the summer, is centered on the mannequin, an enduring icon of the fashion world.

 Thirty New York designers, using weather resistant materials from Materials ConneXion (New York), interpreted their vision of the quintessential industry standard. Students from FIT and Parsons also participated in the design of two mannequins, along with such industry notables as Tommy Hilfiger, Dianne von Furstenberg, Elie Tahari and Kenneth Cole.

My first encounter with this kind of public art display was in 2006 in Denver, Colorado, with a marvelous series of cows as public art [see Mooving On to Greatness]. I couldn't get enough of the experience.

The same goes for the Broadway Fashion Mannequins on the NYC Catwalk!

Here's a map of the Broadawy catwalk mannequins and the official website with copious details.

Here are other articles about the summer Broadway Designer Mannequins event on Broadway:

Starts Thursday: "Sidewalk Catwalk" Puts Designer Mannequins on Broadway
Artful Mannequins Strut Down Broadway: A Slide Show
About Maria Cornejo - a Squidoo Lens
From Edge Boston, a slideshow
Designer mannequins strut down Broadway

Bravo Broadway and the Fashion Mannequin Catwalk! I hope it returns next summer to inspire us again.

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