London-based fashion designer Duro Olowu has just set up shop in New York City through a pop-up art and fashion gallery for the next month. The show, currently at Salon 94’s Freeman Alley Gallery, displays an array of both Duro’s Spring 2012 designs as well as a vast collection of art, textiles, photographs, and other objets trouves gathered by Duro throughout his many travels.
The opening reception for Duro Olowu’s Materials was held last Wednesday, February 8th, as dozens of guests entered the colorful gallery to gander at the intricate pieces and decor that make up Duro’s creative inspiration. Nestled alongside Duro’s worldly treasures, were a few pieces from his exquisite Spring 2012 collection. Paneled tail coats, colorful chiffon gowns, and hand-made footwear fit right in next to the exotic photographs, jewelry, furniture, and books.
When asked what inspired this collection and his current pop-up, Olowu stated “My life really, this is how I live my life in London and the way I see things.” Some of the countries where his great finds have been acquired from include France, Nigeria, and Italy among others. The general aesthetic of beauty and woman’s beauty, in particular, can be seen throughout the gallery via vintage photographs, paintings of women, and a large features statue of a woman that lies in the center of the room. Duro adds, “that’s the real woman’s body, and that serves as inspiration enough.”
Duro’s vast collection of art and inspiration is a muse all its own and a must-see for a taste of eclectic appeal. Duro Olowu’s Materials pop-up gallery will be open until March 4th and is located at Salon 94 Freemans, 1 Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002. The gallery is open Tuesday 1:00-6:00 and Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00-6:00. For further information, call (212) 529-7400 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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