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The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in partnership with the Madison Avenue BID is pleased to debut the new 3D design installation, Hemlines to Skylines: Architectural Fashion. Part of “Madison Avenue Salutes Fall Fashion,” and featuring pieces created by students from SVA’s BFA Design and BFA Interior Design programs, Hemlines to Skylines is co-curated by SVA alumnus and 3D Design Chair Kevin O’Callaghan and BFA Interior Design Chair Dr. Carol Bentel. This is the fifth year of SVA’s 3D art installation partnership with the Madison Avenue BID.
Taking place through September 30 along Madison Avenue from East 61st to East 77th Streets, Hemlines to Skylines consists of 17 sculptures of dresses contained within 8-foot tall glass cases and set along a “runway.” The designs reference costumes worn by attendees of the infamous Beaux-Arts Architects’ ball in 1931, which celebrated the new age of skyscrapers in Manhattan. In what was described as one of the greatest parties of the last century, the ball was known for its members’ elaborate and intricate ensembles inspired by New York’s iconic art deco architecture, such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.
While Hemlines to Skylines draws its inspiration from the art deco era, artists have also incorporated modern-day architectural elements and developments. Each student designed a dress after one iconic New York City skyscraper or institution. The sculptures are organized according to the year of birth of each chosen building, and are made up of materials such as resin, welded steel and aluminum, rope, grouted tiles, wood, light bulbs, stained glass, crystals, flowers and more.
“This collaboration with the Madison Avenue BID may be our best yet,” said SVA 3D Design Chair and co-curator Kevin O’Callaghan. “Hemlines to Skylines is a tribute, a thank you, to the concrete and steel beauty we experience everyday as New Yorkers. It is a reminder to stop looking at our phones, and look up. It’s much more interesting. Embrace it!”