Will New York Fash­ion Shows Land at The Shed?

Sources in­di­cate the new West Side venue will host fu­ture cat­walks, but noth­ing’s been set yet.

WWD Digital Daily - - News - BY LISA LOCK­WOOD

So when will New York Fash­ion Week set up its fash­ion shows at the Shed, which opens April 5?

For years, re­ports have been cir­cu­lat­ing that the fash­ion shows would take place at The Shed once it was com­pleted. The Shed re­vealed Wed­nes­day that the new non­profit cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to com­mis­sion­ing, de­vel­op­ing and pre­sent­ing orig­i­nal works of art, across all dis­ci­plines for all au­di­ences, will have its open­ing sea­son start­ing April 5. The Shed looks to present world pre­miere works in the per­form­ing arts, visual arts and pop­u­lar cul­ture.

“We have built a home where es­tab­lished and emerg­ing artists work­ing in all dis­ci­plines can cre­ate new work in ways that we can­not even imag­ine,” said Alex Poots, artis­tic di­rec­tor and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of The Shed.

And, where does fash­ion fit in?

Ivan Bart, pres­i­dent of IMG Mod­els and IMG Fash­ion Prop­er­ties, said, “We are host­ing NYFW: The Shows at Spring Stu­dios this Fe­bru­ary, and our fo­cus is on the up­com­ing sea­son. The Shed is an ex­cit­ing new de­vel­op­ment with in­cred­i­ble po­ten­tial to en­hance New York’s cul­ture, and we’re con­fi­dent many of our ta­lent at En­deavor, whether with IMG or WME, will per­form or en­gage with the space.” He de­clined to dis­cuss whether The Shed will be part of NYFW: The Shows’ fu­ture plans. IMG owns and pro­duces NYFW: The Shows, the cen­tral hub of NYFW.

A spokes­woman for The Shed had no up­date about Fash­ion Week.

Sources in­di­cate that ul­ti­mately the plan is for the fash­ion shows to take place at The Shed, but noth­ing’s been set yet.

When asked whether New York fash­ion shows would ul­ti­mately show at The Shed, Steven Kolb, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Coun­cil of Fash­ion De­sign­ers of Amer­ica, said via e-mail, “As I’ve said that in the past, we don’t pro­duce shows. We are the of­fi­cial or­ga­nizer and sched­ulers of New York Fash­ion Week and ac­com­pa­ny­ing shows through­out the city. Ac­tual pro­duc­tion venues vary, with IMG host­ing a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of shows. That’s a ques­tion for IMG and The Shed whether they plan to work to­gether or if the Shed has their in­de­pen­dent plans.”

Be­fore land­ing at Spring Stu­dios, the New York fash­ion shows trav­eled from Bryant Park to Lin­coln Cen­ter to Sky­light Moyni­han and Sky­light Clark­son.

The Shed’s build­ing, lo­cated on

West 30th Street be­tween 10th and

11th av­enues, has been named The Bloomberg Build­ing, af­ter for­mer New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who gave $75 mil­lion. The Shed’s Bloomberg Build­ing is a 200,000-square foot struc­ture that can phys­i­cally trans­form to sup­port artists’ ideas. The eight-level base build­ing in­cludes two col­umn-free gal­leries to­tal­ing 25,000 square feet; a 500-seat the­ater that can be sub­di­vided into in­ti­mate spa­ces, and on the top floor, The Tisch Sky­light for events and artist re­hearsals, and The Tisch Lab for artist de­vel­op­ment. In fact, The Shed re­vealed a gift of $27.5 mil­lion from Jonathan M. Tisch, vice chair­man of its board of di­rec­tors, and his wife, Lizzie Tisch. Their gift sup­ports the build­ing’s con­struc­tion and in­cludes a $10 mil­lion chal­lenge grant to a newly formed Com­mis­sion­ing Fund, to sup­port the creation of new work at the Shed, along with the two ma­jor spa­ces on the build­ing’s top level named for them.

A hall­mark of The Shed is a mov­able outer shell that can dou­ble the build­ing’s foot­print when de­ployed over the ad­join­ing plaza to cre­ate The McCourt, a 17,000-square-foot light, sound and tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled, multi-use hall that can ac­com­mo­date large-scale per­for­mances, in­stal­la­tions and events.

To date, The Shed has raised $488 mil­lion to­ward its cap­i­tal cam­paign goal of $550 mil­lion, which in­cludes build­ing costs, or­ga­ni­za­tional start-up ex­penses and the Com­mis­sion­ing Fund.

The Shed’s Bloomberg Build­ing is de­signed by Diller Scofidio + Ren­fro, lead ar­chi­tect, and Rock­well Group, col­lab­o­rat­ing ar­chi­tect.

The Shed un­der con­struc­tion, as seen from the High Line in De­cem­ber 2018.

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