“Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” – Anna Wintour.
The most fashionable of us know that there are four fashion capitols of the world: Paris, New York, London, and Milan. All the best designers derive inspiration from these wondrous cities while Fashion Week being a holy time for those in the industry.
Recently, I had the honour and privilege to go on a fashion based trip to New York City where I had a guided tour of Macy’s Department Store in Herald Square, visited the latest exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and saw artefacts from the Fashion Institute of Technology. The fashion pilgrimage was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will be forever grateful to have been a part of.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest exhibition, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”, showcases the relationship between noted designers and their relationship with Catholic art. Among the 150 or so ensembles that are on display are pieces by Coco Chanel, who was educated by nuns, and Christian Dior.
The Fashion Institute of Technology has dozens of opportunities for students as well as artefacts from the fashion world that brought tears to my eyes. Drawings by Christian Dior were shown, done in the designer’s own hand as well as notes on which customer purchased what item of clothing. Issues of Vogue dating back to the late 1800s and one from 1902 were carefully held in boxes of delicate tissue, their history blossoming in their pages. Such artefacts are kept from public view and can only be witnessed by request.
Macy’s in Herald Square was opened in 1901 and is still the largest department store in the world. Stretching an entire city block, the store has more than ten floors of merchandise and houses ten dining options right inside. On my tour I learned that the most popular floor is the accessory floor, which wasn’t hard to see why.
- Fanny Packs
- Dark Denim Sets
- Achromatic Polka Dots
- Ripped Sweaters