The space, which opens to the public on Thursday through Sunday features an exhibition of rare vintage clothing, a multimedia exhibit which explores the culture of vintage and the different subcultures that have inspired various fashion movements, as well as a pop-up shop selling rare vintage clothing from Byronesque’s retail partners from London, Paris, New York, and LA. This is completely above and beyond your average Pop Up Shop.
Byronesque.com is the first combined editorial and e-commerce website dedicated to authentically 20-years and-older vintage fashion. To mark it’s first birthday the site is making it’s first appearance off-line with a multimedia exhibition featuring the rare vintage fashion and an exploration if its importance in contemporary culture.
Taking over the echoing corridors of the abandoned James A. Farley Post Office near New York’s Garment District, Byronesque will transform the space into “a fashion retrospectve you can buy”, featuring vintage collections from Byronesque’s retail partners in London, Paris, L.A., and New York, as well as pieces from the personal collections of Irene Silvagni, from her time working alongside Yohji Yamamoto and Didier Ludot, who is selling his private collection of Claude Montana for the first time ever. A very rare coat from John Galliano’s “Les Incroyables” graduation collection will also be on
show, but not for sale.
Byronesque.com’s Editor in Chief, Gill Linton, conceptualized the event with the site’s Creative Director, Justin Westover, as a way to physically represent what the website does in the digital world: To educate people on the importance of vintage fashion and the impact it has on contemporary culture, and to explore the subcultures that created iconic fashion movements that we still see represented today. Rare pieces from subcultures most revered fashion rebels will be on display, and unlike any other fashion retrospective, also for sale, including pieces from Comme Des Garçons, Jean Paul Gaultier, Katharine Hamnett, Maison Martin Margiela, Issey Miyake, Stephen Sprouse, Vivienne Westwood, and others.
Linton says: Byronesque.com//OFFLINE is a celebration of the people who inspire us to stand against the banality and mediocrity of pop culture with a more meaningful alternative to fast fashion and outdated nostalgia, something more polarizing and provocative. Mods, punks, skinheads, and new romatics each had a point of view and you were either with them or against them. 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.