B-ing current by looking at fashionable and beautifully controversial past
Originally posted on New york city steez:
BYRONESQUE OFFLINE EXHIBITION
The best of vintage punk fashion
For the one year anniversary of vintage shop Byronesque, an exhibition will be hosted by Michèle Lamy (wife of Rick Owens), Mazdack Rassi, and Glenn O’Brien in the abandon space of the James A. Farley Post Office -which already makes this dope. Byronesque.com’s Editor in Chief, Gill Linton is celebrating with a shoppable fashion retrospective in New York. Inspired by the notion that people treat vintage clothing too preciously, Linton wanted to create an approachable environment for viewing, purchasing, and learning about some of the rarest pieces in the world. A carefully curated collection of rare vintage items fill the dark rooms creating a dope display of draped mannequins in the abandon vault. Inside tip+ this space was also Yohji Yamamoto‘s venue for his Spring/Summer 2014 Y-3 fashion show. Graphic designer Craig Ward created the backdrop for the gallery display using poster size black and white images and text .
Ultimately, Linton says, “I want people to stop buying fast fashion and stop looking like everyone else.”
When you walk to the end of the red lit hallway you can enter the pop up shop to the left, take note of the dressing rooms- dope. Vintage finds here range from vive to a Hermes jumper To the right of the entry is a caged 1984 John Galliano men’s kimono coat from his graduate Central Saint Martins collection, Les Incroyables (not for sale). Continuing through you can enter the vintage vault and view more vintage finds on display including a burlap Alexander McQueen look from F/W ’02; a 1986 Azzedine Alaïa leather zip dress; and a Katharine Hamnett allover marijuana-leaf-print bodysuit. When all is said and done, you can head to the back and reflect as you watch a projected film of Claude Montana. Check out our Lunch Break images below special thanks to my cracked iphone4s for holding it together for this one- literally.
To educate people on the importance of vintage fashion and the impact it has on contemporary culture, and to explore the subcultures that created iconic fashion movements that we still see represented today. Rare pieces from subcultures most revered fashion rebels will be on display, and unlike any other fashion retrospective, also for sale, including pieces from Comme Des Garçons, Jean Paul Gaultier, Katharine Hamnett, Maison Martin Margiela, Issey Miyake, Stephen Sprouse, Vivienne Westwood, and others.
WHEN: DECEMBER 12TH – 15TH DECEMBER 2013
WHERE: EXHIBIT & BOUTIQUE: 11AM – 8PM
THE ABANDONED SPACE OF THE JAMES A. FARLEY POST OFFICE
8TH AVE & 31ST STREET ENTRANCE
NEW YORK, NY
RARE PIECES FROM SUBCULTURE’S MOST REVERED FASHION REBELS, FROM THE ‘30S TO THE ‘90S
COMME des GARÇONS.
Byronesque Offline: COMME des GARÇONS.
- PIERRE CARDIN
- JOHN GALLIANO
- COMME DES GARÇONS
- JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
- MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA
- ISSEY MIYAKE
- STEPHEN SPROUSE
- VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
- YOHJI YAMAMOTO
- ROCK TEES
- FUTURE VINTAGE
- ROOT EQ
- SYLVAIN LABS
- FASHION GPS
- MANEX USA
- HEINEKEN LIGHT
- ABSOLUT ELYX
- ABC CARPET & HOME
- GREEN DEPOT
- SOHO HOUSE
- KING & PARTNERS
- THE FAT RADISH
- LAFAYETTE HOUSE
- MANHATTAN WARDROBE SUPPLY
Linton says: Byronesque.com//OFFLINE is a celebration of the people who inspire us to stand against the banality and mediocrity of pop culture with a more meaningful alternative to fast fashion and outdated nostalgia, something more polarizing and provocative. Mods, punks, skinheads, and new romatics each had a point of view and you were either with them or against them. They created a visual tension that alienated and inspired in equal measure, which rarely happens today. The vintage items in this exhibit have their own special history, and the scars that tell their stories have inspired and outlived landfills full of imitations. This is why we believe that vintage is the future of fashion.
Byronesque.com//Offline will open to the public on December 12 and run through the 15th. Located at the James A. Farley Post Office on Eighth Avenue at West 31st Street, the show will be open from 11 am to 8 pm (Friday 11 am- 6pm- invite only party to follow)