Byronesque// Offline: Where the Rebels Roam With Michele Lamy
You think you understand vintage, but you’ve yet to walk through the paint-chipped doors of the James A. Farley Post Office’s Abandoned Space and into Byronesque// Offline; a fashion retrospective paying intellectual homage to the lives and minds of the most important people in fashion history — the rebels — whose work still challenges today’s fashion and pop culture mediocrity.
Spanning five rooms, the designs of Katharine Hamnett, Issey Miyake, Comme de Garcons, Jean Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood star in this multimedia exhibit meets fashion boutique, where interviews with the renowned designers are projected onto the wall, and tags dangle from the exclusive vintage garments throughout.
Fashion fixture Michéle Lamy — whose interview about 1960s director Jean-Luc Godard’s fashion influence is available exclusively on Milk Made courtesy of Byronesque — surveys the space, taking in decades of designs from the 1930s to 1990s. She’s on hand this evening to host the press preview along with Glenn O’Brien, Byronesque’s Gill Linton and Milk’s own Mazdack Rassi. The exhibit and boutique opens to the public Thursday, December 12.
“With this selection it’s nice that we see some couture,” says Lamy, her gold teeth glimmering from behind deep red lips. “And we see pieces that are of no time, these are magnificent pieces that… are of the time.”
A few of those pieces include exclusive items from Didier Ludot’s Claude Montana private collection, Irene Saligni’s private Yohji Yamamoto collection — with one piece available for sale, and a rare, vintage piece from John Galliano’s graduate collection. Each piece has its own history, and their scars are their own unique stories.
“I don’t know if vintage is the future of fashion,” Lamy says. “But I think it’s a huge point of going against having to be the newest, which is always the same; but presented as the newest.”
Lamy explains that she finds it important to consider each garment she chooses to wear, whether it’s from yesterday or of tomorrow. She must admire the piece, it has to be meaningful; she needs to want it to be a part of her life.
Does the rise of vintage fashion signal the start of a new movement? “It’s the beginning of something,” Lamy says.“I don’t know what it is, but it’s the beginning of something.”
Visit the Byronesque// Offline exhibition at James A. Farley Post Office’s Abandoned Space from December 12 – 15