′Think New York and you’ll think either theater, fashion or finance. Theater has Broadway, finance has Wall Street with its iconic bull, and fashion has Seventh or Fashion Avenue.
Did you know that Fashion Avenue has a Fashion Walk of Fame?
Established in 1999 by the Fashion Center Business Improvement District (BID), the Fashion Walk of Fame celebrates American designers who have influenced fashion worldwide. Twenty-eight designers have been inducted into the Walk of Fame to date. Each has a bronze plaque that is engraved with a description of the designer’s contribution, and an original sketch. Each bears the designer’s signature. The plaques are embedded in the sidewalk on Fashion Avenue from 35th to 41st Street.
Also on Fashion Avenue is an 8-foot Judith Weller bronze sculpture, called The Garment Worker – a tribute to the area’s history in the garment industry – as well as a giant needle and button. Some New Yorkers still call the Fashion Center or Fashion District, the area from 34th to 42nd Streets between Fifth and Ninth Avenues, by its old name, the Garment District.
The plaques commemorate the following designers: Ralph Rucci, Donald Brooks, Diane von Furstenberg, Liz Claiborne, Oscar de la Renta, John Galanos, Donna Karan, Paul Trigere, Bonnie Cashin, Giorgio Di Sant’Angelo, Charles James, Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows, Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, Norma Kamali, Lilly Dache, Perry Ellis, Mainbocher, Willie Smith, Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Halston, Rudi Gernreich, Claire McCardell and Norman Norell.
To view the plaques, download a map and head over to the Fashion Walk of Fame on Seventh or Fashion Avenue east side from 35th to 41st Street.
Have you strolled the Fashion Walk of Fame?
This is my submission to Travel Photo Thursday, which is organized by Nancie at Budget Travelers Sandbox. Be sure to head over and check out more photos from locations around the world.
This week, I’m also linking up with the Friday Daydreaming series organized by Becca at Rwethereyetmom. Hope to see you there!