Students' work will be the show's focus. Here, previous work from Lexy Hi-Tai of Parsons School of Design.


The New School and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, will launch New York Textile Month with “Talent,” an exhibition that showcases design students work.

The Sept. 1 opening will take place on Governors Island and it will remain there on weekends through Sept. 18. The show will feature the work of students from The New School’s Parsons School of Design, Central Saint Martins, Kent State University, the Royal College of Art, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Politecnico di Bari, Philadelphia University and Pratt Institute. Visitors will find the free exhibition at Nolan Park 4A and 4B.

Around that same time New York Textile Month’s magalog will be distributed to museums, designers and others. Started by trend forecaster and dean of Hybrid Studies at The New School Li Edelkoort with assistance from Willem Schenk, the 30-day event will include an array of events and exhibitions — all of which aim to drum up interest in textiles and to celebrate textiles creativity. “This is being held at a time when there is a renewed interest in material processes and an urgency to understand what fabric is made of.” she said in a manifesto printed on the event’s web site.

The citywide event will be staged in museums, galleries, showrooms, retailers and design studios for students and the general public. The calendar’s events, talks, walks, demonstrations and exhibitions are meant “to investigate and celebrate the survival of the different textile components and expressions NYTM and help the general public to better comprehend and embrace the textiles of life.” she said.

During the month of September, Issey Miyake’s TriBeCa store will have site-specific installations to highlight the materials within the collections. And Tomorrowland’s founder Hiroyuki Sasaki is helping to introduce what NYTM organizers describe as a “new standard” of luxurious goods — a selection of silk scarves and hand design tote bags that are supposed to embody the spirit of New York Textile Month.

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