The campaign to preserve the intimate galleries and garden spaces of the Frick Collection are sitting front row, as it were, in this article from New York Fashion Week. The Frick set the stage for a show by designer Carolina Herrera, and reporter Stuart Emmrich specifically inquired of Ms. Herrera her feelings concerning the expansion originally proposed by the Frick’s leadership. Read on!
A Frick Reversal Wins Over Carolina Herrera
By Stuart Emmrich / September 14, 2015
New York City politics rarely intrude on fashion week, but they did so on Monday morning in a somewhat subtle way at the Carolina Herrera spring 2016 show, held at the Frick Collection on upper Fifth Avenue.
The Frick has been the center of controversy of late, with the board of trustees voting last year year to demolish the Russell Page-designed viewing garden bordering 70th Street for a six-story addition. It was a move that quickly raised the ire of many museumgoers, including some prominent members of the fashion community.
The outcry seemingly caught the museum off guard, and the continuing furor led the board to eventually reverse its decision, leaving the historic garden untouched while the museum seeks alternatives for expansion.
Backstage after her show, after greeting two of her first-row attendees, Lee Daniels and Penelope Cruz, Mrs. Herrera said the Frick was her “absolute favorite museum in New York. I love, love, love it.” And she explained that when she learned in the spring that it would become available for what would be her first fashion show since leaving Lincoln Center, she jumped at the chance to book it.
“This is the first time they have ever offered to have a runway show here,” she said. “How could I not say yes?”
And did that choice also reflect her support of the museum’s decision to scrap its plans to replace the garden with a new wing?
“Oh, but of course,” she said, gesturing enthusiastically. “Everybody wanted that. Everybody.”