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Fairchild’s Fashion Week Exhibit Features Vintage Musician Photos

On Friday, the first official day of New York Fashion Week, that runs through September 14, the Fairchild Fashion Museum launched its first New York City exhibition, curated by Women’s Wear Daily, Footwear News and Beauty Inc. 

Entitled “A Matter of Style,” the exhibition is a two-day pop-up event (9.09/9.10) at AG Studios on 52 Walker Street, and included in the dozens of photographs from the Fairchild archives on display are pictures spotlighting several musical luminaries who helped shape and define New York fashion over the decades.

Part of the collection is a candid 1977 shot of Liza Minnelli speaking with Bianca Jagger during an event at the legendary Studio 54 hosted by fashion trend-setter Halston, as well as an iconic photo of Madonna and Michael Jackson arriving at the Academy Awards red carpet together in 1991. There are also delightful fotos of everyone from Diana Ross to Jennifer Lopez to Debbie Harry of Blondie, all of whom have left distinctive, indelible marks on the world of fashion.

With Fairchild going back to 1892 and WWD extending back to 1910, there’s a lot of history including a myriad of shots featuring various runways, street style moments, celebrities and fashion designers. There’s also a look at the so-called Ladies Who Lunch and the distinct looks from those various snacking socialites who inspired Stephen Sondheim’s classic Broadway song “The Ladies Who Lunch,” made popular by Elaine Stritch in Company.

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Author: Al Denté

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