DESIGN CONFIDENTIAL: Shoe transmitters, "through-the-wall" cameras, the "enigma" cipher machine from World War II and George Washington's handwritten letter about hiring spies are sure to make aspiring agents take pause at the new International Spy...
DESIGN CONFIDENTIAL: Shoe transmitters, "through-the-wall" cameras, the "enigma" cipher machine from World War II and George Washington's handwritten letter about hiring spies are sure to make aspiring agents take pause at the new International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., but the building's design is also something to investigate. The $35 million project involved linking five historic buildings, including one that once housed the American Communist Party. It opens July 19.To allude to the nature of the display, there are dagger-shaped lights, a bomb-shelter staircase, glass discs with lights drilled in a cement floor for shots of illumination and two-way glass panels that are only transparent at certain angles. Designed to be an "immersive" experience, the museum traces the history and craft of spying from biblical times to today, with well-appointed rooms true to their respective time periods. A library, for example, depicts the early days of espionage in the late 1800s, and another space recreates the Berlin Tunnel, where East and West Germans intercepted one another's messages.Many of the 30 consultants who worked on the project quizzed former spies to assure their designs were accurate, said Patrick Gallagher, principal of Gallagher & Associates, the firm behind the museum's concept and interior design."When you talk to these retired CIA and KGB agents, what was fascinating was their real stories are so much better than the movies," he said.The 70,000-square-foot structure also has the Spy City Cafe, Zola restaurant and a store for disguise kits and such. The aim is to keep crowds coming back after museum hours for book signings, lectures and film screenings.BLACK LIGHT: Alexandre Morgando and Matthieu Bureau, the fashion design duo behind the Alexandre Matthieu label, are now lighting up the interior design domain. The Parisian designers recently completed a light fixture, the result of a year-long collaboration with Austrian crystal manufacturer Swarovski and French lighting manufacturer Lucien Gau. To create the chandelier, the designers used only black-faceted crystals that dangle from a star-shaped aluminum centerpiece. The "Black Burst" retails for about $4,400 and is available at the Lucien Gau studio in the Bastille district of Paris."
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After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion
@carmeloanthony is upping his fashion game once again, introducing a hat collection with @goorinbros. Called Fresh Greens by Melo x Goorin, the line consists of five unisex models, all of which are made in America from 100 percent wool. Each hat is lined with Anthony’s signature and the inscription “Knowledge of self, wisdom and understanding.” You can purchase the collection line at Goorin’s website as well as three off its stores in San Francisco, New York City and Las Vegas #wwdaccessories
“I am of tradition, but that doesn’t mean I have an old outlook on life,” Hubert de Givenchy told WWD in an interview in 1978. The legendary designer, who died last week at the age of 91, achieved wide success soon after launching his own couture boutique in the early ’50s, but he refused to pine for that time. For the first time since its original publication, read our interview with Givenchy on his awe for Audrey Hepburn and looking forward. Link in bio. #wwdarchives #fbf (📷: Pierre Schermann)
About last night: @alexachung and @supergausa toasted the launch of their capsule collection. “It’s the shape that I love, so rather than amend the last and make the sole crazy or do anything wild, we just did really subtle additions that I think make it look really luxe-y,” said Chung. #wwdfashion (📷: Marc Patrick)
Exclusive: @off____white’s @virgilabloh is launching an exclusive eyewear capsule collection @sunglasshut. The unisex collection, which is made up of three styles, first made its debut on the brand’s fall runway show in Paris. Get all the details on WWD.com – link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion