In New York, Fashion Royalty Rallies for Local Clothing with Outdoor Art & Fashion Exhibit (Event)

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A soon-to-be-unveiled mannequin in the "Sidewalk Catwalk" public fashion/art exhibit in NYC. Image via Racked

Mannequins are taking to the streets dressed in designer duds, made entirely with local materials in New York City's Garment District, this Thursday in New York City as part of a public art and fashion exhibit called "Sidewalk Catwalk", on display from June 24 until September 3rd. Local garment manufacturing is an integral part of the city's economy and with the area threatened with rezoning, the public exhibit is as timely as ever. Thirty-two leading fashion designers, from Betsey Johnson to Tommy Hilfiger, are taking part and fortunately Daily News got a sneak peak (thanks to tipster Amy DuFault). Details and more photos:

A naked mannequin waits for June 24, to be clothed by one of the 32 participating designers. Credit: Tajar P. Eisen, via Fashion Center

The public art project is put together by the Fashion Center Business Improvement District (BID) and will be on display along Broadway Ave., from 35th Street to 41st Street. Fern Mallis, chairperson for Sidewalk Catwalk and SVP of IMG Fashion, hopes that the "groundbreaking" runway will become a major tourist attraction this summer, according to NBC.

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Custom-designed mannequins by Naeem Khan, Donna Karan, Norma Kamali, Tommy Hilfiger, DVF Diane Von Furstenberg, and Nanette Lepore (from left to right) for the 'Sidewalk Catwalk' in New York City. Image via Daily News.
Daily News reports on the custom-designed ensembles, below.

Embroidery handmade in Naeem Khan's native India brightens the middle of his mannequin, whose arms and legs are covered in stainless steel studs from Germany. Nanette Lepore's bursts with bold oversize flowers and bows, meant to symbolize the "bright lights and constant energy" of New York. And Norma Kamali's is a techie's dream. Passersby can scan bar codes with some types of phones and view 17 different videos.

When the exhibit closes mannequins will be auctioned off and proceeds will be donated to Materials for the Arts, according to Daily News.

Look for these hard-to-miss mannequins at the pedestrian esplanade that runs along Broadway in New York City. For a complete list of participating designers, details, a map, and more visit Sidewalk Catwalk.

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