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Brief Published: 13 Sep 2011

Building Fashion Launches


US non-profit arts and culture organisation BOFFO has just launched its long-awaited Building Fashion event with a multi-faceted, ‘hall of mirrors’-style pop-up store in the TriBeCa district of New York.

Conceived by Gage/Clemenceau Architects and Nichola Formichetti – fashion stylist and creative director of French fashion label Thierry Mugler – it’s the first in a series of five designed to illustrate the explosive creative chemistry between fashion designers and architects. Mixing Formichetti’s own jewellery line with pieces produced under his tenure at Mugler – and other curios created with US pop star Lady Gaga (whom Formichetti also styles) – the store is essentially a homage to the young designer's frenetic vision.

Mark Foster Gage, principal architect of Gage/Clemenceau Architects, describes the temporary retail installation as “a faceted, robotic, mirrored chapel that, through millions of reflections, produces a stunning environment to view fashion in surprising new ways.”

For more on Building Fashion, see our previous threads Building Fashion Returns and BOFFO Builds Fashion Again, as well as our report on last year’s event.



Nicola Formichetti