Sidewalk Catwalk: Mannequins to Land in Manhattan

Mannequin-catwalk Get ready New York. Fashion is hitting the streets, quite literally (and visual too!). Launching in June, an outdoor public fashion parade dubbed "Sidewalk Catwalk" will debut along the Broadway Pedestrian Plaza between Times Square and Herald Square in the heart of Manhattan's Fashion District.

High-end mannequin manufacturer Ralph Pucci Intl. is taking part in the public art event, featuring 31 female Pucci sculptures, which are part of the Pucci MANIKIN series. "The Timeless Walking Women" are made in one piece, constructed as sculptures rather than traditional mannequins. Inspired by the work of Alberto Giacometti, the fiberglass sculptures are finished in a foundry slate, with industrial fittings as added reinforcement to be able to handle the outdoor elements. The women will share the landscape with British sculptor Antony Gormley's 31 life-sized male sculptures.

But fear not, fashionistas. Those sculptures aren't going to be standing out in the street nekkid. No, they'll be wearing clothes designed by 31 high-profile designers, including Calvin Klein, Diane Von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, Anna Sui, Betsey Johnson, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Norma Kamali, Isabel Toledo, John Bartlett, Catherine Malandrino and Carlos Falchi. And thanks to weather-resistant fabrics from Material ConneXion, those outfits will be durable and fashion-friendly the whole season through. They better be. The Sidewalk Catwalk runs from June 24 to Sept. 6, rain or shine!

–Diva, Display & Design Ideas

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