Weekend Agenda: Obsessorize on Madison Ave

October 12, 2018 by Lila Delilah

Not sure what to do this weekend? Obviously, we suggest shopping but there is so much more than the run of the mill shoes and accessories on Madison Avenue this month. “Obsesserize” is a month-long celebration of creativity, fashion, style, and art.

Along the two-mile stretch of Madison Avenue, between 57th and 86th Streets, strollers and flâneurs can appreciate 19 encased public art sculptures. The project is a result of an incredible collaboration between the Madison Avenue BID, the School of Visual Arts and 40 Madison Avenue boutiques. Kevin O’Callaghan, School of Visual Arts 3-D Design Chairman and self-described “Creative Hoarder” tasked freshman students to take common objects to reinterpret into fashion.

The results are extraordinary. There is a backpack made from an old radio, shoes made from Chinese food take-out boxes, another pair of shoes are crafted with doll shoes and actual vintage Barbie dolls used as heels, a hat fabricated from stamps, a clutch from an old clock radio and so much more. You can click here to browse through an assortment of photos or take to the streets.

Every Saturday through the rest of the month, you join Kevin O’Callaghan at 2pm to take a guided walking tour of the exhibit. The professor will present “Obsessorize: Common Objects, Uncommon Accessories” with colorful commentary and lively context. The exhibit gives new meaning to the concept of Street Art. You can click here to register.

Participating stores include: Aquatalia, David Webb, David Yurman, De Beers, Devi Kroell, Dolce & Gabbana, Dyptyque, Emilio Pucci, Etro, Guiseppe Zanotti, Ippolita, Isabel Marant, J.J. Marco, Lanvin,, Michael’s Luxury Consignment, Morgenthal Frederics, Paul Morelli, Roger Vivier, Sonia Rykiel and more.


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