|Richard Press, former president of J. Press, and Patricia Mears, Deputy Director, The Museum at FIT on the Set of the Upcoming Exhibition|
Due to the high production values (and the unprecedented collaboration of Richard Press, G. Bruce Boyer, and Patricia Mears), it is sometimes easy for me to forget that this show's primary audience includes students who often come with a (mis)perspective that this material is ancient, dusty history. What instead they hopefully will see is the energy of this style, both then and now.
Here is a tour with Richard Press, two weeks before it opens, and also snapshots of some of the other people who are making it happen.
|Richard Press inspects the new sign.|
|With Julian Clark, Museum Publications Editor|
|Patricia Mears, Deputy Director, The Museum at FIT|
|An Early Reference to Prep|
|Michael Goitia, Exhibitions Manager|
|Boris Chesakov, Exhibitions Production Coordinator, stands in front of the chemistry classroom set.|
|The library set features this "view". (It is also a good Rorschach test. My first thought when I saw it was this picture.)|
|Fred Dennis, Senior Curator, (far left) and Erik Steding, Installation Designer, (far right) collaborate in the "formal" setting where the tuxedos will go.|
|To the right of the formal set will be a model of a classic store of the time, complete with stacked shelves.|
|A Favorite Picture|
|Gabby Lauricella, Exhibitions Installation Team, (left) and Ann Coppinger, Senior Conservator, (right) stand in front of the bedroom set.|
|My husband couldn't not take this photograph.|
|These wooden locker room doors will be under a stained glass window.|
|All that was missing was Mr. Boyer.|
The clothes themselves were still being prepped.
|Tommy Synnamon, Exhibition Installer and Stylist|
|Every detail is scrutinized.|
|Emma McClendon, Curatorial Assistant|
|Ann Coppinger, Senior Conservator, and Julian Clark, Museum Publications Editor|
|Jennifer Farley, Assistant Curator|
|Sonia Dingilian, Museum Registrar|
It was so personally exciting for me to see some of my father's items that made it in.
|My Father's Navy Blazer (from J. Press, of course)...|
|...which he wore at my wedding....|
|...and his pincord jacket, also from J. Press.|
One of the best parts of the tour was seeing the finished Ivy Style book, which looked gorgeous.
|I am so grateful for my early copy. They can be pre-ordered here.|
|The book is appropriately dedicated to Richard, both for his influence on the book and show, but also on the entire industry. He was a guiding force behind the Ivy Style aesthetic during its time of worldwide growth.|
|...and his blazer.|
And, if you want a piece of history as well, bring a copy for signing when you hear Richard Press speak at FIT. The dates are:
- Monday, October 8, 6 pm
- Wednesday, October 24, 10:30 am
- Monday, November 26, 6 pm
The finishing touches are being put on all aspects of an unprecedented event. I can't wait to see everything done.