On view now through March 16, Pratt Manhattan Gallery’s new exhibition, The New Village: Ten Years of New York Fashion, focuses on a scene of artists and fashion designers from the past 10 years who have re-established New York as a global leader in experimental fashion.
Curated by Jennifer Minniti, Chair of Pratt Institute’s Fashion Department, alongside fashion curator Matthew Linde, the show draws inspiration from The East Village, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s influential 1986 fashion exhibition. It spotlights an ecosystem of smaller fashion brands, visionary designers embracing DIY fashion, and artists who have been crucial collaborators traversing the boundaries between fashion and art.
“The New Village: Ten Years of New York Fashion will showcase the work of a generation of influential artists, designers, and collectives whose emergent and avant-garde artistic practices are flourishing through fashion,” states Minniti.
“This exhibition points to an alternative history to the commercialism that has traditionally defined New York’s fashion industry,” says Linde. “It emphasizes an amorphous group of practitioners who have reshaped the fashion capital from the fringes and whose influence has altered the global fashion scene.”
The featured artists, designers, and collectives work across various mediums, including garments, videos, sculptures, drawings, installations, and poetry, to amplify and reflect the philosophy of defining fashion as cultural messaging through clothes. This vast collection of their work is intended to accentuate the political and social challenges facing contemporary society through the lens of creative industries.
The exhibition connects to conventional fashion exhibition-making techniques such as clothing mounted on mannequins on plinths and experimental methods using sculptural armatures and video projection. It aims to reflect the various experimental strategies designers employ in crafting their collections. Exploring and celebrating the vibrant dialogue between these practitioners, The New Village: Ten Years of New York Fashion highlights the cultural richness and new experimental undercurrents that define this movement in fashion.
The full list of designers includes ALL-IN, Bernadette Corporation x SUPREME, Camilla Carper, CDLM, CFGNY, Susan Cianciolo, Eckhaus Latta, Gauntlett Cheng, Giovanna Flores, Lou Dallas, Luar, Jessi Reaves, SC103, Section 8, Beverly Semmes + CarWash Collective, Martine Syms, Telfar, Vaquera, Elena Velez, and Women’s History Museum.
The New Village: Ten Years of New York Fashion is open through March 16 at 144 West 14th Street. There is a public reception on February 8 from 6–8 pm. Pratt Manhattan Gallery is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit pratt.edu.