No Tickets to the Tents? Get Your Fall Fashion Fix at These Cultural Events

Don’t have  tickets to the tents at Fashion Week? Still mourning the closing of the Met’s Alexander McQueen show? Don’t worry! From art to film, get your fashion fix off the runway at a wide array of performing and visual arts events this fall.


Over 50 of designer Nick Cave's whimsical 'soundsuits' will be on display in Chelsea. Many of the suits are politically or socially inspired. Photo/arctic penguin

Ever After and For Now are two exhibits that feature the work of Chicago fashion designer and performance artist Nick Cave. Not to be confused with the Austrailian musician of the same name, this Nick Cave is best known for his whimsical soundsuits — elaborate, wearable art sculptures, often made of unconventional materials like twigs, feathers or human hair. Presented by the Jack Shainman Gallery and Mary Boone Gallery, both in Chelsea, the two exhibitions jointly explore larger themes of chaos and calmness.  Sept. 9 – Oct., 2011.

Harper’s Bazaar: A Decade of Style at the International Center for Photography, celebrates a decade of the magazine’s impressive fashion images.  The exhibit, featuring 30 photos hand-picked by Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey, honors both the photographers and the models. Highlights include  images of Lady Gaga, Marc Jacobs and Karl Lagerfeld.  Sept. 9 – Jan. 8, 2012.

The heady creations of famed milliner Stephen Jones are on display this month at the Bard Graduate Center on West 86th Street. The exhibit, called Hats, an anthology by Stephen Jones, highlights Jones’s  favorite hats — over 250 contributed by some 40 designers.  The exhibit features  Jones’ own looks, which were featured on the runways of fashion designers John Galliano and Marc Jacobs, as well as Audrey Hepburn’s iconic black hat from “My Fair Lady,” Babe Ruth’s Yankee baseball cap and Andy Warhol’s silver wig.  For hours and tours, click hereSept. 15 – April 15, 2012.

Stephen Jones' hat "Wash n' Go," made of clear plastic and designed to resemble a splash of water, are part of an exhibit of his work at Bard Graduate Center on West 86th Street. Photo/Flickr checkmingus

The Daphne Guinness Exhibit at the Museum of FIT includes over one hundred haute-couture garments and accessories from the fashion icon’s  personal clothing collection in a gallery space modeled after her New York City apartment.  The exhibit will feature two dozen never-before-seen Alexander McQueen garments, as well as Chanel, Dior and Valentino couture. The collection introduces FIT’s Annual Fashion Symposium, (Nov. 3 – 4) which will include lectures and panel discussions on fashion icons through history.  Sept. 16 – Jan. 7, 2012

Cecil Beaton poses with a costume sketch for "My Fair Lady" in 1963. Photo: AP


In honor of Fashion Week, The Museum of Arts and Design is hosting the Fashion in Film Cinema Series, a three-day event celebrating the intersection of  film and fashion. Screenings of fashion-influential films, like “X, Y and Zee” and “Qui Êtes-Vous, Polly Magoo?” will be complemented by  panel discussions with filmmakers, fashion designers and scholars. For a full listing of events click hereSept. 9 – 11, 2011

Cecil Beaton: The New York Years is a cabaret event honoring Beaton’s career in costume design. The original musical performance, at the Museum of the City of New York, will feature songs and perfomances from “My Fair Lady,” “Coco” and “Gigi.” The musical is presented in conjunction with Cecil Beaton: The New York Story, an art exhibit  highlighting Beaton’s body of work. Click here for more information. Nov. 19 – 20, 2011; 3:00 pm


Designer decorated bikes await riders during Tour de Fashion. The event is an effort to highlight New Yorks garment district. Photo/Flickr juleskills

Tour de Fashion is a free bicycle event, created by the Fashion Center Business Improvement District, that gives New Yorkers the chance to borrow bikes customized by fashion designers including Betsey Johnson, Nanette Lepore and Isaac Mizrahi.  During Fashion Week, riders can choose from 30 trendy bikes, located at stations in the Fashion District, and ride free for 60 minutes.  To find out how you can borrow a bike, click here.  Sept. 8- 15, 2011.

Fern Mallis, who created what’s now known as Mercedes Benz Fashion Week as was the head of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, hosts two lectures with notable fashion industry personalities as part of the Fashion Icon series at the 92nd Street Y. On Sept. 15, Mallis hosts designer Norma Kamali, who created Farrah Fawcett’s iconic red swimsuit. Then, on Oct. 17, Mallis moderates a discussion with global fashion legend Calvin Klein.

A retrospective of the work of fashion designer Alexander McQueen was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Photo: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Andrew Bolton, the curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will discuss the ground-breakin, record-breaking and just-closed exhibit, Savage Beauty, which featured the fantastical designs of Alexander McQueen.  The event takes place  at the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre at FIT. In addition, Bolton will talk about his book, entitled “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” a complete assessment of McQueen’s contributions to fashion and beyond. For more on this lecture and upcoming discussions, click here. October 25, 2011


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