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Fashion Project Kicks Off In High Style

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Paul Holdengraber, Cathy Leff, Judith Clark and Adam Phillips.

Last week, on April 9, Bal Harbour Shops celebrated the inauguration of Fashion Project, an experimental space devoted to curatorial projects and programs that explore fashion and the culture surrounding it. The city’s cultural (and fashionable) elite gathered on the third floor of the Shops where Matthew Lazenby Whitman hosted the evening’s special guests, Judith Clark, who is curating the series, and Cathy Leff, former director of the Wolfsonian, who has been developing the concept with Clark. There, in the 1,000-square-foot space, an incredibly curated grouping of fashion, accessories and historically significant pieces were on view for guests to enjoy. View photos from the opening party here.

The exhibition is the first in a series that will take place every two months in the spring and winter months, and will also feature programming that looks expansively at fashion and the culture surrounding it. Partnerships and collaborative endeavors with designers, artists, cultural and civic organizations, and individuals based in Miami and elsewhere, including projects that involve Miami’s thriving arts community and its growing fashion industry are continuously in development.

"The exhibitions will draw attention to extreme fashion, whether historic, haute-couture, experimental, futuristic, or other,” says Clark. "They will also explore the very act of and art of exhibition-making.”

On April 10, following the launch of Fashion Project, Books & Books hosted “Dreams, Fantasies, Vanity: On and About Fashion,” a conversation with Judith Clark psychoanalyst and author Adam Phillip and interviewer and director of LIVE from The New York Public Library, Paul Holdengräber. The trio led a lively conversation about the uses and significance of fashion in today’s culture.

Look forward to lots more Fashion Project programming: FP01 is on view through May 21 with a full series of accompanying events and programs that blur boundaries between fashion, design, art, consumer culture, and costume culture. More details available at


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