We’re crazy for parties in abandoned buildings, so consider us RSVP’d for Byronesque’s exhibition of vintage fashion. Adding to the spooky ambience, the event will be hosted by Michèle Lamy (aka Ms. Rick Owens), Glenn O’Brien, and Milk’s Rassi Mazdack.
Byronesque.com — launched in December 2012 with a group of investors led by Andrew Rosen — bills itself the first combined editorial and e-commerce website dedicated to vintage fashion at least 20 years old. To mark its first birthday, the site is going offline with the multimedia exhibition of rare vintage pieces on 40 equally vintage mannequins, transforming the forgotten gothic corridors of the grand James A. Farley Post Office in New York into a highly atmospheric pop-up retrospective.
On hand will be vintage collections from Byronesque’s partners in London, Paris, Los Angeles, and New York, including Comme des Garçons, Jean Paul Gaultier, Katharine Hamnett, Maison Martin Margiela, Issey Miyake, Stephen Sprouse, and Vivienne Westwood. Additionally, pieces from the personal collection of fashion editor and tastemaker Irene Silvagni will also be available; specifically, those acquired during her post-French Vogue years working alongside Yohji Yamamoto. Vintage and couture collector Didier Ludot, too, will sell his private collection of Claude Montana for the first time. Meanwhile, a one-of-a-kind coat from John Galliano’s Les Incroyables graduation collection of 1984 will also be on display for the admiring; it won’t be for sale.
“Mods, punks, skinheads, and new romantics each had a point of view and you were either with them or against them,” says Byronesque’s founder Gill Linton.” They created a visual tension that alienated and inspired in equal measure, which rarely happens today. The vintage items in this exhibit have their own special history, and the scars that tell their stories have inspired and outlived landfills full of imitations. This is why we believe that vintage is the future of fashion.”
The exhibition launches with a private party on December 10, then opens to the public December 12-15 (open daily from 11 am-8 pm), followed by another party on December 13 with a special performance by Michèle Lamy.