“I’ve never been a believer in the ‘chic banal’ of New York fashion,” declared Zac Posen, who hopped over the Atlantic for the opening of the “New York Fashion Now” exhibit at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum Monday night.
To wit, Posen showed off a voluminous silk jacquard dress with embroidered flowers at the show, which opens today and features 60 pieces from New York designers including Thom Browne, Maggie Norris, and Behnaz Sarafpour.
Looks on display range from a pair of fringed leather trousers from Lost Art by Jordan Betten to a torn, discarded Vietnam uniform worked into a shirt dress by the Spanish-born Miguel Adrover – who’s since moved home to Mallorca – to an intricately constructed chiffon dress by Jean Yu.
Sonnet Stanfill, curator of the exhibition, said she hoped the show changes the European public’s perception of New York designers: “That it’s solely about interchangeable sportswear pieces.
“I wanted to show how they create clothes so different from each other,” she added.
The exhibition also takes a look at the interweaving of fashion and celebrity in New York, and includes pieces by designer Christian Joy, who creates stage costumes for singer Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
The singer stood with Joy next to the designer’s “Day of the Dead” skeleton suit, which features a heart embroidered on the chest. “That suit has become a total encore outfit – the crowd always goes wild for it,” said the proud O.