Join MAD and Garmento editor Jeremy Lewis for an evening with Koos Van Den Akker, the first in a new series of fashion talks. The talk begins at 7 and is located in the downstairs theater. The event is free with museum admission. The Museum of Arts and Design is located at 2 Columbus Circle
An American fashion legend, Dutch-born and French-trained Koos Van Den Akker has been designing couture-caliber clothes over the last 40 years. Emerging at a time when folk traditions and home crafts were a huge influence in fashion, he made a name for himself as the master of couture collage. A rich panoply of color and pattern painstakingly pieced together, his designs have provided inspiration for fashion tastemakers like Nicolas Ghesquière, though they are known more popularly as worn by actor and comedian Bill Cosby on the hit sitcom The Cosby Show. Representing one of the highest level of clothes-making possible in New York City, Koos Van Den Akker’s operation is a true couture atelier, endless in its technical feats and creativity.
This event is free and open to the public. Due to limited seating it is strongly advised to arrive early.
photographs by Alex John Beck, all rights reserved.
Never before has menswear been so developed or diverse as it is today. Traditionally conservative and slow to change, international menswear design has grown exponentially in the last 15 years, rivaling its women’s counterpart in conviction if not in creativity. This has not gone unnoticed in New York City as a new crop of designers submit their own take on contemporary men’s dress.
In an effort to open a dialogue about what these new paradigms might be Garmento zine presents “Coversations in American Menswear,” a radio-style interview series held at the Museum of Arts and Design. For four nights Garmento founder and editor Jeremy Lewis will engage four of New York’s most intriguing and compelling designers to find out what it is that makes them tick. While each of the designers live, design, and have shown their work in New York, none of them are American-born. As the series investigates new discourses in American menswear, it will also attempt to find out who the new “American man” actually is.
All talks will be held in the second floor galleries of the museum and are free to the public. The Museum of Arts and Design is located at 2 Columbus Circle New York, New York, NY 10019
“Conversations in American Menswear” is a part of MAD’s After the Museum: The Home Front 2013. For the complete schedule of events and exhibitions please visit: http://www.madmuseum.org/series/after-museum
Tomorrow kicks off Printed Matter’s annual NY Art Book Fair. Garmento won’t be participating this year but copies of the 1st and 2nd issue will be for sale at the PIN- UP magazine table. If you’re in town, be sure to come by and see the fair!
Bethann Hardison and Toukie Smith
To celebrate the release of its second issue, Garmento presents a special viewing of Anton Perich’s ISSEY MIYAKE AT FIT, a rare short film of the designer’s legendary 1976 fashion show featuring performances by Pat Cleveland, Janice Dickinson, Sara Kapp, and Toukie Smith, with appearances by Issey Miyake, Victor Hugo, and Diana Vreeland. It was and remains to be one of the most considerable fashion moments, when Miyake’s startling avant-garde discourse and Utopian aspirations were expressed through the joyous and energetic optimism of New York City in the mid-‘70s. A significant documentation of its era, the film is as much a testament to Miyake’s virtuosity and genius as it is to the spirit of the New York fashion community that reveled in it.
Garmento Issue 2, entitled “Days of Future Past”, features Tom Scott, Peggy Moffitt, Rudi Gernreich, Pierre Cardin, Issey Miyake, and Miguel Adrover.
Please join us to view the film and receive a copy of the new issue.
Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Jack Chiles, 208 Bowery, New York
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If you didn’t catch it before, Garmento was interviewed by Vice Style back in July. You can read the full interview here.