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PROJECT: New York Museum of Arts & Design: The World of Anna Sui

ROLE: Exhibition Installation & Dresser. Created object-specific and conversation appropriate display mounts for exhibition. Assembled, re-sculpted, dressed, and styled over 50 mannequins according to curator and designer specifications.

CONCEPT: Unlike other popular American designers, Sui is driven by telling stories head-to-toe about the worlds of cowgirls, grunge girls, hippie chicks, hula girls, Mods, pirate rock stars, Pre-Raphaelite maidens, and surfer nomads. The exhibition gives insights into her process, allowing the viewer to step inside her imagination and watch it unfold. The exhibiion features approximately one-hundred looks from the designer’s archive, presenting a roll call of twelve archetypes that are staples of the Sui aesthetic. It also spotlights her heroes as a youth and the importance of her collaborators, including the New York City Garment Center.

TIMELINE: Aug 2019 - Feb 2020

TEAM: Dressers: Whitney Hanscom, Anthony Palliparambill, Benjamin Klemes, Noelle Kichura

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PROJECT: New York Museum of Arts & Design: Counter-Couture

ROLE: Exhibition Installation & Dresser. Created object-specific and conversation appropriate display mounts for exhibition. Assembled, re-sculpted, dressed, and styled over 50 mannequins according to curator and designer specifications.

CONCEPT: Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture celebrates the handmade fashion and style of the 1960s and 1970s. Often referred to as the hippie movement, the Counterculture swept away the conformism of the previous decade and professed an alternative lifestyle whose effects still resonate today. Moved by the rejection of a materialist and consumerist interpretation of the American Dream, Counterculture youths embraced ideals of self-sufficiency and self-expression. Against the backdrop of the Vietnam War protests and the civil rights movements, hippies, flower children, and idealistic young people shunned the cultural standards of their parents, embraced the struggle for racial and gender equality, used drugs to explore altered states of consciousness, and cultivated a renewed dimension of spirituality.

TIMELINE: Feb - Oct 2017

TEAM: Exhibition Dresser: Tae Smith. Assistant Dressers: Leslie Lim, Anthony Palliparambill, Benjamin Klemes, Virginia Theerman, Noelle Kichura