6 Must-See Fashion Events in New York this May


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New York is filled with so many wonderful, inspirational, cultural and educational events. From documentaries, exhibitions and more, here are 6 fashion must-see things to do this May:

1. Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Suzy Menkes On Tuesday, May 7, Fern Mallis will continue the conversation with another fashion elite. Suzy Menkes, the iconic fashion reporter and editor for the International Herald Tribune has been covering fashion since the 1960s and has become one of the most influential names in history. In this talk, they will discuss the current state of fashion, her beginnings and designers that disappoint and excite.

Register for Fashion Icons at the 92Y.

2. 'Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's' This recently launched documentary goes behind the scenes to tell the story of the iconic retailer. Viewers will learn how the windows are made, see what it is like to have an appointment with Linda Fargo and get introduced to some of the store's strongest personal shoppers like Betty Halbreich. This tell-all that sheds light on the intersction of 58th and 5th and talks to some of the most popular names in fashion to understand why there is only one Bergdorf Goodman.

See a listing of all the cities that are playing Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's.

3. PUNK: Chaos to Couture The Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition will open to the public on May 9 and will take a look at the impact of punk culture on high fashion from the 1970s to the present. With approximately 100 designs, Punk: Chaos to Couture will feature original punk garments and show how it has inspired everything from haute couture to ready-t0-wear.

Learn more about PUNK: Chaos to Couture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

4. Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced In 1977, The New York Times called Stephen Burrows the "brightest  star in American fashion." The Museum of the City examines his work through photographs, original garments and drawings and shows how he transformed the nightlife era with garments that celebrated vibrant colors and fabrics. Dressing icons such as Cher, Liza Minnelli and Diana Ross, he was the first African-American designer to gain international status and become a legend in fashion.

Learn more about Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced exhibition.

5. RetroSpective The next piece in the Museum at FIT"s Fashion & Textile Gallery unveils how designers look at fashion history to influence their designs. With over 100 pieces from  the Museum's archives, the exhibition will go from the eighteenth century to grunge and present day influences. The collection features work from Alexander McQueen for Givenchy Couture, Yves Saint Laurent, Anna Sui, Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga.

The gallery opens on May 22. Learn more about the exhibition at RetroSpective.

6. Front Row: Chinese American Designers 

This exhibition honors and celebrates 16 Chinese American designers that have been able to successfully make their mark in New York at The Museum of Chinese in America. Front Row will look at the the careers of  Anna Sui, Yeohlee Teng, Vera Wang, Vivienne Tam and many others to see how they have influenced popular culture and crafted their unique vision and aesthetic. It will also show the importance and influence of Chinese American production in New York's Garment District.

Learn more about Front Row at the Museum of Chinese in America.

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