New York Textile Month attempts to bring attention to the textile industry

The New School and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, will launch New York Textile Month with "Talent," an exhibition to showcase design students work. The exhibit will open on September 1 on Governor's Island and it will remain there on weekends through September 18.

The show will feature designs from design students all across the world, including students at The New School's Parsons School of Design, Central Saint Martins, Kent State University, the Royal College of Art, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Politecnico di Bari, Philadelphia University, and Pratt Institute. The free exhibition is located at Nolan Park 4A and 4B.

New York Textile's magalog will also be distributed around that same time to museums and designers.

New York Textile Month to open with "Talent" exhibition

The month long event, founded by The New School Dean Li Edelkoort and Willem Schenk, was created to foster interest in the textile industry.

According to the event's website and a note from Edelkoort: "Today the world of art and design is confronted with a debilitating lack of knowledge concerning textiles. Architects, artists and industrial designers as well as fashion designers no longer know the materials they work each day of their careers."

The notes go on to say that we need to be discussing textiles again.

The event will be citywide and will be staged in museums, galleries, showrooms, and design showrooms for both design students and the general public to attend.

During September, Issey Miyake's TriBeCa store have site-specific installations to highlight materials in the collection. Hiroyuki Masaki of Tomorrowland will be introducing a collection of silk scarves and hand designed tote bags in honor of the month.

All events and locations for them can be found on

photo via Textile Month website





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