Fall is a great time of year to stroll the Avenue, taking in the shops along the way. Beginning at 77th Street, and heading south, make sure you leave plenty of time to step in and out of the shops and galleries ~ passing by Gagosian and Lévy Gorvy. The RealReal now has a brick & mortar on Madison Avenue at 71st Street. And a number of great cafe’s and restaurants to take a break.
This years installation salutes Fall Fashion, and features pieces created by students from SVA’s BFA Design and BFA Interior Design programs. Beginning on East 61st Street, and running to East 77th Street, Hemlines to Skylines consists of 17 sculptures of dresses contained within 8-foot tall glass cases, and set along Madison Avenue.
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!”
Below, designer, Justin Wong describes his sculpture, which strikes a pose and takes a nod to the Radio City Rockettes, while focusing on the interior of the opulent Art Deco Music Hall.
Hemlines From Skylines: Architectural Fashion is on view through September 30, 2019. This years installation 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.