After walking through the New York Historical Society, it was time for lunch and what else do you have for lunch while walking through the city other than a hotdog? Nathan’s it was!!! And on the steps of the Natural History Museum.
Charged up and ready to walk! It was time to head over to FIT and Truemart for my fabric mission.
I walked into the shop with a fabric swatch and a notecard description. Draping fabric was what I was on the hunt for. “Is your friend an FIT student?” the shop clerk asked me. “Yes!” We had our answer: Muslin fabric, type 1 – draping muslin. With 23 yards of folded muslin, the entire roll to be exact, our mission was complete.
Fabric was the theme of my afternoon. The first exhibit at The Museum at FIT was Fashion Unraveled. The garments chosen for display in this exhibit were meant to not show the picture perfect but rather, to show the flaws that come to exist from wearing a piece over and over again or from repurposing.
My initial reaction to this exhibit was excitement for seeing what is real rather than a perceived reality. From seminars attended at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London and at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, I was hoping for a closer examination of the garments and textiles they chose to display. While it was noted what was done to the pieces, the gallery in which the garments were displayed was incredibly dark and the alterations to the pieces were hard to see.
The next exhibit I went to was called, Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color. I walked into the exhibit and realized I had unintentionally coordinated my outfit with the opening of the exhibit.
Like the prior exhibit, I was slight disappointed with the written content throughout the gallery however, it was aesthetically gorgeous and I couldn’t have asked for more from that standpoint. Besides, I do love pink.
I returned to my hotel to put on my favorite outfit: black tulle skirt, black silk camisole, black and gold brocade jacket, black faux patent leather bow barrette, and kitten heels. This is quite possibly one of my favorite outfits overall (the skirt is a big factor in this) and made my way out for the Society Fashion Show at the Roosevelt Hotel.
The Society Show consisted of seven different designers. When I purchased my tickets to this show, I did not know whom I was going to be seeing. The vastly different array of designers was fun to watch. I’m so happy I was able to experience this show first hand.
Designer One: Trompeloeil
Designer Two: Nadia Azumi (her husband was sitting next to me. He was so proud of her. It was adorable.)
Designer Three: Lady Mariama
Designer Four: Houda El Fechka Eddiouane
Designer Five: Star Life Fashion Co.
Designer Six: Jus10H
Designer Seven: PIA BOLTE Fashion UG
I have to admit, that upon leaving the show, I was slightly disappointed in my choices. This trip had meant so much to me. All I had wanted to do was be a part of fashion week and take in every aspect of it that I could. As I continued to walk back towards Grand Central Station, I wanted to cry. My day truly had not been what I had hoped it to be. The exhibits were beautiful but lacking substance. The show was not truly my taste but there was no way for me to have known prior. I stood there feeling overwhelmed and confused. Why was I upset? Why was any of this bothering me so much? Why was I feeling defeated?
It hit me as I was on my way back to the hotel, the next morning, everything would be fine. I would still be in New York. I was still going to the MET. I was still going to be wearing tulle and, I could go to the Plaza…