- CCTV room by Alexa Karolinski
The Whitney's resident curator, Christoper Y. Lew, says the show is meant to give the viewer a chance to see behind the scenes of the fashion industry and interact with, touch, and try on the clothes. At the opening night, the mixed crowd of fashion and art insiders did all of that—and a whole lot of shopping too.
Model Selah Marley and artist/Hugo Boss prize winner Anicka Yi browsed the racks of handmade clothes produced over two years specifically for this museum show. Visitors tried on $3,000 pants in the Cianciolo designed fitting room, assistants carried in more sweaters, tops and t-shirts as the designs sold out, all while Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta buzzed around the room showing off their work with pride.
Eckhaus and Latta are both educated by Rhode Island School of Design and have blurred the lines between art and fashion since they started creating clothes in 2011. Even though they are a relatively new brand run by a small staff, they have had an outsize effect on the fashion world. Their diverse cast of models have contributed to the fashion industry’s recent inclusion towards of more non-skinny, non-almond-shape-faced models. Their frequent collaborations with with artists like Cianciolo, Jessi Reaves and Juliana Huxtable have helped bring attention to these artists’ practices, and their designs have been exhibited at the ‘Greater New York’ show at MoMA PS1 and the equivalent Made in LA show at the Hammer Museum.