The Park Avenue Armory, known for hosting high-end, high-tech presentations for brands such as Gucci, Lacoste, Victoria Beckham, Tommy Hilfiger, and Manolo Blahnik, will celebrate its 100th anniversary in the New York fashion capital this season, opening on October 26 with a gallery of exhibits inspired by the works of poet Emily Dickinson. The firm’s upcoming season features a roster of brands and collections from New York designers and outfits, as well as new shows from international and international-based stores.
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The reimagined 1,600-square-foot museum space has transformed itself from an industrial space to become an elegant, modern design gallery, featuring changing architecture throughout the season, with stunning light fixtures and artwork by celebrated, global artists including Liam Gillick, Alma Ruiz, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, and Giovanie Coppola.
Leading up to the gallery debut, an epic-sized installation of 14 Levi’s denim pieces created by artists Takashi Murakami and Chanel Iman, titled “Ninety Days,” will line the center of the Armory’s quad, providing attendees with a full-length experience. For the exhibition, Murakami and Iman created custom denim blends, a key style of the Levi’s brand that will be sold for the first time in the U.S. The 1,200-square-foot canvas bag, along with a medallion tribute to Emily Dickinson, are among the pieces on display.
The permanent roster of shows will include installations by ensembles including Narciso Rodriguez, Vanessa Seward, Rachel Comey, Givenchy, Huishan Zhang, Prabal Gurung, Rogan, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, and the famous photography show Black Mirror, which will have its only-in-America New York debut in October at the Armory, making a rare trip back from London.
Along with exclusive world exclusive fashion shows for consumers, a new series of exhibitions have been added to the lineup, including “Bringing Up Baby,” a look at the power of baby and family brands, and “Deerhunter,” a look into the new genre of avant-garde urban performance art that the psychedelic rock band Deerhunter have contributed to, creating choreographed dance sequences inspired by the performance art group Preoccupation.
Upcoming shows for the 2018 season include:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
– FINALLY IN THE U.S. WIGDADDY – COSTUME AND SCHOLARSHIP SHOW – presented by SADEK BY MAGAZINE for Princeton Lyric, Students of Kappa Kappa Gamma, The Hillel Arts Guild
– BOYSCOUT WORLD TOUR – for the Boy Scout Association of America, with interactive, live activities for the Scouting community and their families
– THE WEEKLY PUPPY BANK – one of the largest dog breed auctions in the world for over 40 years, presented by President’s Dogbreed
– RIVALS – for each of the ten designers who will graduate this December from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Fashion Design Showcase
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
– CHAMPAGNE VILLAGE SHOW – one of the oldest and most longstanding wine auctions in the US, presented by Grange-Vintage Wines
– MASSACHUSETTS START – for one of the oldest and most longstanding wine auctions in the US, presented by Grange-Vintage Wines
– THE ROYAL FAIRY – present by Mass MoCA for The Royal Fairy; a celebration of the works of Anne Edmonds for the British Museum, presented by Disney•Pixar for Halloween Town for an afternoon of musical magic
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
– DAMN RIGHT, PERFECT – presented by MAC Cosmetics for National Facial Illness Association
A series of music events, including Justin Bieber performing as surprise guest at 2AM by WIZARDLIFE for Smirnoff Throwback, Back to the Future-inspired costumes by Towson University, and more.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
– U.S. HOUSE – presented by H&M and the innovative Play It Forward House For Youth program, utilizing technology that turns a building into a playground
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
– VINTAGE CONVERSATIONS – presented by the British Fashion Council, for the U.K. House showcase showcasing iconic pieces from the 100 year-old history of British fashion