Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Punk: Met Gala Bergdorf Windows, Moda Operandi Midnight Supper at St. Regis, the Black Party, and More!

This spring, the art and fashion world conspired to unleash a Punk-inspired extravaganza upon the fair denizens of New York City. In theme, Bergdorf Goodman's visual team created window installations in conjunction with the The Metroplolitan Museum of Art's spring 2013 Costume Institute exhibition  Punk: Chaos to Couture. Both the windows and museum show are a gorgeous homage to punk’s influence on high fashion. The BG windows featured fashion by Gareth Pugh, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Gaultier, combined with archival designs from the punk era.  My contribution to the punk windows, required spending days painting and installing spikes in a window inspired by Joan Jett. I do love rock and roll... :)

Window design by David Hoey. Production and Installation by Sarah Sparkles and BG Crew.
“I want our windows to be perceived as hallucinations” states window director David Hoey in  the forthcoming documentary Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s. For more photos from the punk installations check out the Bergdorf windows blog.

During the punk installation, I was working on a mountain of spikes in the BG studio when I got a call from one of my favorite designers, Douglas Little to go on a walk-through for an upcoming punk-themed dinner party at the St. Regis. "Is it ok if I go covered in paint?" I asked. He agreed, and so I went. Moda Operandi, one of the primary sponsors for the Punk exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was hosting a midnight supper at the illustrious St. Regis to celebrate the opening of the exhibition and the launch of a new punk-inspired fashion line. The decor for the dinner was a collaboration between creative director Douglas Little and premiere event planner Bronson Van Wyke. For this job I served as liason for Douglas, corresponding with the St Regis, Van Wyke, and over seeing/executing the production and installation of the decor for this event.
Punk rock mannequins and pill art flanked the entrance to the party.
The main dining area was styled with a chic combo of punk meets high society aesthetic with neon lights, pill art, paper sculpture, broken glass panels, and generous floral displays.

                              For more images from Moda Operandi's Midnight Supper Click here.

In a season marked by deviant subculture-inspired art jobs, one of my favorite recent projects was installing decor designed by Arch Productions for the Black Party at Roseland Ballroom. The theme was corrupt carnival. We installed shanty town chill areas on the entry level and dark carnival booths on the v.i.p. floor. The highlight for me was getting to deface the carnival midway with a can of spray paint. While giving the clown a pentagram and a gold tooth I had a deep moment of satisfaction, honoring that this is my life and I get paid to do wild things. Much Gratitude.

This past month was intensely busy on the creative work front. Besides the punk extravaganza's I also did BG windows for Saint Laurent, the ICFF furniture fair, assisted Douglas on production and installation for the upcoming Nancy Gonzales print campaign, and multiple installations at the Bronx Botanical gardens. I designed new jewelry collections that are now available at Namaste Books and Enchantments, performed with my dance studio at Roulette theater, and vended my jewelry and hair accessories at the tattoo convention at Roseland Ballroom. More info and pix for all that fun stuff coming soon.

                                  One of a Kind Creations Jewelry Collections Spring 2013

Last but not least my book Parades, Parties, and Protests is available on Amazon in softcover!!!!! This past month took the notion of working around the clock to unprecedented new levels. Between Bergdorf windows, jobs with Douglas, meetings with my editor, graphic, and layout designers until the wee hours of the morning, I was sleeping for just a few hours and waking up to do it again... and this went on for weeks (longer). Now the final push is to create the hardcover version of my book. A dear friend recently messaged me: hardcore needs hardcover.." and when i got the soft cover proof I immediately knew he was right. Almost there... After I manifest the hardcover book, the new adventure begins... Stay Tuned! :)

                         Parades, Parties, and Protests cover design at D.J. Steve Pagan's studio

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