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A space on 57 Walker Street (south of Canal Street in Tribeca) has been transformed by the architects and fashion designers into retail spaces for designers who have never had their own freestanding retail space. With support from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), Boffo chose five fashion designers to take over the space in two-week slots between September and December 2011.
Prior to the gallery opening, and in order to form the creative teams, fashion designers submitted their creative briefs outlining the desired concept for their collaboration. Architects then submitted design proposals for the fashion designer of their choice. After this, a jury narrowed the list to between three to five architects for each installation, and presented those to the fashion designer for review.
8 - 21 September 2011: Nicola Formichetti + Gage/Clemenceau Architects
29 September - 12 October 2011: Irene Neuwirth + Marc Fornes/TheVeryMany
20 October - 2 November: Patrik Ervell + Graham Hudson
10 - 23 November 2011: The Lake & Stars + SOFTlab
1 - 14 December 2011: Ohne Titel + Easton+Combs
The first display saw fashion designer Nicola Formichetti being paired with Gage/Clemenceau Architects. Amongst other things, Formichetti is the creative director for Mugler, stylist and creative director to Uniqlo, Fashion Editor for V Magazine and V Man, and fashion director for Vogue Hommes Japan and for Lady Gaga. The space produced by Gage/Clemenceau Architects for Formichetti's space revealed an almost robotic cocoon of fractured mirrors with a smooth reflective floor...read the full article
|Display by Nicola Formichetti being paired with Gage/Clemenceau Architects. (Photo by Evan Joseph)