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CCCP Exhibitions

Dress Local: Applied Mapping of the Garment District

By Sarah Cloonan, Pollyanna Rhee, Federica Soletta and Tong Tong (CCCPArch, Columbia University)

MAY 13-JUNE 15, 2010

The Fashion Center Space for Public Art
215 W. 38th Street, New York, NY 10018

CCCPArch, The Fashion Center Business Improvement District and Studio-X present a mixed-media, site-specific exhibition about the Garment District—made with materials from the Garment District—in the Garment District.

Four graduate students from the one-year-old Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (CCCPArch) program at Columbia University present a storefront-window exhibition, "Dress Local: Applied Mapping of the Garment District." The project uses an applied mapping of fabric, pattern and notions—an expression of the urban mosaic of the neighborhood and the New York fashion industry—as well as a simple sheath dress made entirely from goods found with within the Garment District to highlight the vibrant textural qualities of the neighborhood. Thereby, "Dress Local" examines these qualities at the macro- and micro-scale simultaneously. The students have created a blog to document their research and installation process: cccparch.tumblr.com/ 

The Fashion Center Business Improvement District, a not-for-profit corporation, was established in 1993 to improve the quality of life and economic vitality of Manhattan’s Fashion District. Through programs in the areas of streetscape improvements, sanitation and public safety services, marketing and promotions, economic development, and community service, efforts are aimed at promoting the district as a strategic midtown business location and ensuring New York's position as the fashion capital of the world. The Masters of Science in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (CCCPArch) at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University offers advanced training in the fields of architectural criticism, publishing, curating, exhibiting, writing, and research. Studio-X is a downtown studio for experimental design and research run by the GSAPP of Columbia University.