Thomas Pink Launches New Men’s Dress Shirt Range

Modern British Shirt Maker Thomas Pink puts business first this season with the launch of its new, premium shirting collection designed to address the sartorial needs of professional gentlemen. Fashioned to help savvy executives scale the corporate ladder while navigating its varying dress codes, the business assortment includes seven distinctive shirt options in a range of colors, fits, fabrics and price points.thomas-pink-b

Thomas Pink was founded in London in 1984 by the Mullen brothers, whose founding inspiration was the history of Mr. Pink, the 18th century tailor credited as the originator of ‘hunting pink‘ – referring to the scarlet jackets of hunt staff. The Mullen brothers appreciated the fundamental quirk of British humor that something so obviously red could be referred to as Pink. This quirk so appealed to them that they saw it as a tension right at the heart of the brand they were founding – namely a men’s brand called PINK – an obviously feminine color. (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton acquired the brand in 1999.)

Our customers are movers and shakers whose high standard of dress is as strong as their work ethic,” said Jonathan Heilbron, Global CEO for Thomas Pink.From first job to CEO, our business shirting collection offers the exceptional quality and fit our customers demand in a range of prices that allows them to graduate through the brand as they progress in their careers.”

From business and casual shirting to evening and Made To Order shirting, PINK shirts are made using traditional, time-honored methods with exclusive fabrics from world-renowned mills. Detail is everything – the collars are hand turned and are composed of up to 14 individual pieces. Pink shirts are available in Classic, Slim and Super Slim Fit and in addition, the brand also offers tailoring, separates, knitwear and accessories.

Celebrated for innovative design, Thomas Pink made its name with the renowned original Classic Fit shirt. The style is a modern take on the classic Jermyn Street cut and is generously designed for style and comfort. It features a long tail that stays tucked, as well as signature PINK gussets. Since then, Thomas Pink has launched a number of pioneering shirting solutions – including the Athletic Fit and the Independent collar. Today, Thomas Pink is a modern British shirt maker with over 100 stores worldwide and flagships in London’s Jermyn Street, Madison Avenue, New York and Rue Francois Premier, Paris.

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Thomas Pink made in the UK 1984 Duke shirt in pale blue with Eden Stripe knit tie #outfox (PRNewsFoto/Thomas Pink)

The new collection features enough design options to please even the choosiest chap. Shirts are offered in different collar styles – spanning from semi and extreme cutaway to Winchester and Independent, a choice of double or button cuffs, and in an office-friendly palette of white, blue and pink along with subtle stripes and checks. A sprinkling of seasonal Jermyn Street design references throughout the collection satisfies current trend-seekers, while unique brand details such as the PINK thread sewn on the last placard button and PINK buttons on the sleeve gauntlets distinguish the wearer as someone who values a well-made shirt.

The collection includes the following:

The Bulldog: As robust as its namesake, the Bulldog is a keenly priced shirt designed to withstand the most hectic of workdays and still look fresh for happy hour. It is crafted out of a cotton pinpoint 40s single by two-fold 80s fabric with substantial buttons chosen for strength and durability, and sewn with extra-long thread. The Bulldog is offered in classic and slim fit for $95.

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Thomas Pink Bulldog Llewellyn Stripe shirt in white/pink worn with the Greg twill suit in navy and the Elephant & Castle tie #outfox (PRNewsFoto/Thomas Pink)

The Traveller: The ultimate road warrior, the Traveller is Thomas Pink’s most technical shirt. It features an innovative new protective finish that is activated when washed to ensure that the collar and cuffs maintain a ‘box fresh’ appearance. The shirt’s unique easy-care finish minimizes the need for ironing and maintains a permanent crease on the sleeve. The Traveller is crafted out of two-fold 80s cotton and has an adjustable button cuff. It is available in classic fit and slim fit options for $130.

The Sterling: Named for the original silver currency of the British Empire, the Sterling is the embodiment of PINK quality and attention to detail. The collection is offered in a choice of two-fold 100s cotton poplin, Royal Oxford, Twill and Herringbone all of which include such iconic brand features as a PINK buttonhole inside the double cuff and a PINK under collar and center front. The Sterling is available in classic fit, slim fit and super slim fit options for $185.

The 1984: This special shirt is a celebratory reproduction of the first ever shirt made by Thomas Pink’s founders, the Mullen brothers, in 1984. Crafted out of Italian two-fold 100s cotton from Albini [the first mill Thomas Pink ever worked with] and proudly made in the UK, The 1984 is a luxurious option for the discerning businessman. Offered in classic and slim fit for $225, the 1984 is also available with an Independent collar – a collar specifically engineered to be worn without a tie.

The 1984 non-iron: The perfect combination of luxury and performance, the 1984 non-iron reinforces Thomas Pink’s roots as a shirting innovator. To ensure the highest standards of non-iron performance, the 100% cotton poplin in the shirt’s compact yarns has been treated with a specialized non-iron finish and pucker free technology. A must-have for the over-scheduled executive, the 1984 non-iron is also proudly made in the UK. It is available in classic and slim fit for $225. Continue reading

Nordstrom To Launch Fall Collection For ‘Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28’

Nordstrom, Inc. announces the third installment of its exclusive ‘Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28’ Collection. The fall delivery is part of a one year partnership with the international style icon and her first apparel collaboration worldwide.

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As a global fashion influencer through her work as a model, spokesperson and as the executive editor and creative director at her fashion and lifestyle website OliviaPalermo.com, Palermo solidified her standing as a trendsetter for her generation and gained international recognition for her keen sense of style and savvy eye for balancing high and low fashion.

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Olivia Palermo+Chelsea28 Fall Collection, Scheduled for September + October Delivery (Images Courtesy of Nordstrom, Inc. )

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Olivia Palermo+Chelsea28 Fall Collection, Scheduled for October Delivery (Images Courtesy of Nordstrom, Inc.)

Palermo partnered with Nordstrom Product Group, the retailer’s private label design group, to develop the collaboration for house brand Chelsea28, which focuses on sophisticated, of-the-moment fashion at an accessible price level. The partnership is producing four collections in 2016 including spring, summer, fall and holiday.

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Olivia Palermo+Chelsea28 Fall Collection, Scheduled for September Delivery (Images Courtesy of Nordstrom, Inc.)

The fall collection features 23 versatile separates ranging in price from $79 to $499 in the U.S., and 21 separates in Canada ranging in price from $126 to $732 CAD. Details including ruffles, peplum and pleats offer a delicate femininity which compliments menswear-inspired styles such as suspender pants and wide leg flannel trousers. Texture is also an important pillar with rich fabrics such as wool, cashmere and silk. Continue reading

Panache Launches “Modeled By Role Models,” an Unconventional Lingerie Campaign

Lingerie and Swimwear Brand Celebrates Female Role Models From Around the World

Panache, the worldwide leader of lingerie and swimwear for D+ cup sizes, has unveiled its new campaign – “Modeled by Role Models.” This campaign celebrates female role models from around the world, each chosen for her individual achievements, contributions to society and healthy approach to body image.

“Modeled by Role Models” underscores Panache’s mission to make sure its customers are confident and comfortable in their lingerie and swimwear. With more than 30 years of experience in creating bras to perfectly fit larger cup sizes, Panache champions women of all shapes and sizes. With the fashion industry saturated by women who are admired for their physical attributes, Panache’s campaign looks to expand the notion of beauty by celebrating women who make an impact in different ways.

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Panache launches its “Modeled by Role Models” campaign, celebrating female role models from around the world, each chosen for her individual achievements, contributions to society and healthy approach to body image. Here, Elly Mayday from North America models the “Envy” lingerie set as part of the campaign. http://www.modeledbyrolemodels.com (PRNewsFoto/Panache)

We’re looking to shift the perception of what a fashion model entails,” says Victoria Sargeson, head of marketing at Panache. “Our ‘Modeled by Role Models’ campaign celebrates achievements and contributions, looking to highlight the beauty within.

The “Modeled by Role Models” campaign for 2016 includes the following women from around the world, each chosen for her contributions, achievements and healthy body image:

  • Anja Loven – a relief and aid worker who set up the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation (ACAEDF). Through this foundation, Anja helps African children affected by family abandonment due to superstitious beliefs. (Denmark)
  • Eliza Rebeiro – the founder of “Lives Not Knives,” an organization that supports young people in education, employment and training, forging the connection between them and prospective employers. (United Kingdom)
  • Elly Mayday – a plus-sized model who was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer, undergoing a hysterectomy at the age of 25 and months of grueling chemotherapy. Despite losing her hair and having scars from surgery, Elly continues to model, promoting body positivity and an unsinkable optimism. (Canada)
  • Emily Findlay – a survivor of neuroblastoma, diagnosed at the age of 14. Emily helps children, young adults and parents who have gone through similar experiences by working to improve hospital services through fundraising efforts. (Scotland)
  • Jayne Hurditch – the founder of the charity “Amy’s House,” which started in 2005 following the deaths of her daughters from meningococcal meningitis. This charity helps parents and caregivers with disabled children by offering weekend respite from a qualified and capable staff. (United Kingdom)
  • Sylwia Blach – an ambassador for differently abled people through the charity “The One and Only.” Sylwia has helped organize “Miss Poland Wheelchair” as well as “Miss Wheelchair World,” and she works to enable women to show their inner beauty regardless of body shape or size. (Poland)

First launched in 2015, this year’s “Modeled by Role Models” campaign features an interactive update. Throughout the spring of 2016, people from around the world were invited to nominate their own personal role models. Following this, Panache released a list of semi-finalists, and the public joined a special judging panel to select the final six role models. Sporting Panache lingerie, the finalists participated in a campaign photo shoot in London, which will be exhibited across Panache’s digital and social outlets and in retail stores around the world.

“Modeled by Role Models” launches in September 2016 on a microsite, www.ModeledbyRoleModels.com, as well as with a mix of film and images on social media platforms. The campaign will also be supported with a special hashtag, #MyRoleModel, encouraging people worldwide to speak about their own role models.

Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival Releases Line-Up Of Events For Its 16th Year

Tickets Go On Sale Monday, October 24, 2016

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The 16th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival takes place February 22 – 26, 2017. (PRNewsFoto/Food Network & Cooking Channel)

The 16th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) today unveiled its line-up of more than 90 events taking place February 22 – 26, 2017. Widely recognized as one of America’s most prestigious gourmet gatherings, the Festival has raised more than $24 million to date for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University.

We’ve curated a robust program of events for the Festival’s 16th year,” noted Festival Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as Senior Vice President, Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.With an array of dinners, tastings, seminars, and parties showcasing a variety of cuisines, wines and spirits from around the world, guests will find plenty of ways to satiate their taste buds at this year’s Festival.”

The iconic series of Miami Beach’s signature events returns in 2017, kicking-off with Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach hosted by Valerie Bertinelli & Alex Guarnaschelli. The eleventh edition of one of the Festival’s most coveted tickets gets an update, evolving into the Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons hosted by Rachael Ray this year. After its successful launch at last year’s Festival, the weekend will again close out with Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market hosted by Andrew Zimmern. More Miami Beach staple events will return with a classic mix of both fan-favorites and new talent including Tacos After Dark, Oyster Bash hosted by Josh Capon, Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best sponsored by Bank of America, Fun and Fit as a Family featuring Goya Kids Kitchen, Chicken Coupe hosted by Andrew Carmellini, Southern Kitchen Brunch part of The NYT Cooking Series, and the Wine Spectator Wine Seminars presented by Bank of America.

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An aerial view of a signature event on Miami Beach at the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival. (PRNewsFoto/Food Network & Cooking Channel)

Additionally, the Festival’s beloved white tents nestled in the sand between 10th and 13th Streets and Ocean Drive (see image above) will continue to host the Goya Foods Grand Tasting Village featuring Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations during the weekend. Plus, SOBEWFF® honors some of the world’s most recognized leaders in the culinary and beverage industries at its annual Tribute Dinner presented by Bank of America part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series, and the sweet 16 is no exception. This year, the Festival honors the deeply passionate and talented ThinkFoodGroup chef/owner José Andrés alongside Maisons Marques & Domaines (MMD) owners Jean-Claude Rouzaud and Frédéric Rouzaud, during an evening guided by Master of Ceremonies Anthony Bourdain at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

SOBEWFF® continues its expansion into Broward County with the return of the Taste Fort Lauderdale Series and a star-studded line-up of talent. The fun begins with Seaside Eats hosted by Anne Burrell at the historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, and continues with the Festival’s first late-night party in the area, DRINK Fort Lauderdale, taking over the popular FATVillage for one night. Closing out the series will be the return of the Bloody Mary Brunch, with new hosts David Burtka & Neil Patrick Harris.

A selection of intimate dinner experiences will round out the series, including the following:

  • Dinner hosted by Amanda Freitag and Angelo Elia
  • Dinner hosted by Marc Murphy and Chris Miracolo
  • Dinner hosted by Valerie Bertinelli, Daphne Oz, Tiffani Thiessen, & Geoffrey Zakarian
  • A North Carolina Sisterhood: Dinner hosted by Ashley Christensen, Vivian Howard, Andrea Reusing, Gavin Pera & Ryan Cross

Fans will also have a plethora of new events to choose from in 2017, including a Craft-y Happy Hour, Burnt Ends: A Kosher BBQ Dinner hosted by Alon Shaya, Salty, Sweet & Savory Treats: A Late-Night Party featuring Bar Lab, The Salty Donut & Sarsaparilla Club, Noodling Around: A Late-Night Party hosted by Dale Talde, Food Fight hosted by Guy Fieri, and more. Continue reading

Swarovski Collective Ones To Watch at The Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Shows

The eleven members of the Swarovski Collective who currently represent some of the most exciting design talents in fashion will be unveiling their Spring/Summer 2017 designs across the upcoming fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris.

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The Swarovski Collective was founded in 1999 as a collaboration between Nadja Swarovski, Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen with the objective of pushing the boundaries of crystal use in fashion. As innovation is a key brand value for Swarovski, this program is a natural extension of the company’s mission.

Since its launch, the Swarovski Collective has collaborated with some of the most remarkable fashion designers providing over 100 million crystals for some of the most avant-garde fashion looks of the past decade, including Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, Marios Schwab, Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, Anthony Vaccarello, Christopher Kane and Viktor&Rolf.

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Swarovski Collective Designer Tome SS17 Sketch (PRNewsFoto/Swarovski)

With the support of Swarovski, the designers are challenged to push the creative boundaries of crystal use and craftsmanship and will be unveiling their crystal looks within their collections for Spring/Summer 2017. The season will open at New York Fashion Week (September 8 – 15) with members Rosie Assoulin, Creatures of the Wind and Tome. The remaining members will then be showing in their respective cities at London Fashion Week (September 16 – 20: Emilia Wickstead, Faustine Steinmetz, Sadie Williams), Milan Fashion Week (September 21 – 26: Arthur Arbesser, Vivetta) and Paris Fashion Week (September 27 – October 5: Aalto, Anne Sofie Madsen, Wanda Nylon).

Swarovski will be sharing exclusive catwalk and behind-the-scenes images following the designers’ shows and presentations in each city.

The Collective is just one of the ways in which the crystal house demonstrates its commitment to supporting fashion talents. This support extends to emerging, as well as established designers – Swarovski has been encouraging students to experiment with crystal across jewelry and fashion via scholarships at iconic institutions such as London’s Central Saint Martin’s and New York’s Parsons for over 10 years.

In the US, Swarovski proudly supports the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards, where it sponsors awards for up-and-coming talents across Womenswear, Menswear and Accessories, and in France, ANDAM, the prestigious program that has launched some of the industry’s brightest stars.

Founded in 1895 in Austria, Swarovski designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. Having celebrated its 120th anniversary last year, and now run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach with approximately 2,680 stores in around 170 countries, more than 26,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.6 billion euros in 2015. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2015, the Group generated revenue of about 3.37 billion euros and employed more than 30,000 people. A responsible relationship with people and the planet is an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage. The global Swarovski Waterschool education program has reached 257,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers, and the Swarovski Foundation, set up in 2013, works to support culture and creativity, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact. www.swarovskigroup.com

752,995 Visitors to Costume Institute’s Manus x Machina Make It the 7th Most Visited Exhibition in The Met’s History

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, which closed yesterday, attracted 752,995 visitors during its run from May 5 to September 5, putting it in seventh place among the Museum’s most visited exhibitions, joining blockbusters such as Treasures of Tutankhamun (1978), Mona Lisa (1963), and Painters in Paris, 1895-1950 (2000). The show also becomes the second most visited Costume Institute exhibition, surpassing Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011), which had 661,509 visitors. China: Through the Looking Glass (2015) remains the department’s most popular show with 815,992 visitors and The Met’s fifth most visited. All three exhibitions were curated by Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute.

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House of Chanel (French, founded 1913) Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) Wedding Ensemble Autumn/winter 2014–15, haute couture Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection. This ensemble, which Lagerfeld has described as “haute couture without the couture,” exemplifies the confluence of the hand (manus) and the machine (machina). Made from scuba knit, a synthetic material, the dress is hand molded, machine sewn, and hand finished. Maison Desrues (founded 1929) hand embroidered the buttons with gold, glass, and crystals, and Atelier Montex (founded 1939) hand embroidered the medallion with glass, crystals, paillettes, anthracite cannetilles, and gold leather leaf motifs. The train of scuba knit and silk satin is machine sewn and hand finished. Lagerfeld’s hand-drawn design was digitally manipulated to give it the appearance of a randomized, pixelated baroque pattern and then realized through a complex amalgam of hand and machine techniques. Atelier Lunas (founded 1993) used a heat press to transfer the rhinestones; Atelier Anne Gelbard (founded 1997) painted the gold metallic pigment by hand; and the pearls and gemstones were hand embroidered by Cécile Henri Atelier (founded 1982).

Manus x Machina explored how designers reconcile the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. It addressed the distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) as discordant tools in the creative process, and questioned the changing delineation between the haute couture and ready-to-wear.

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Lower Level Gallery View: Tailleur and Flou © The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Far Left) House of CHANEL (French, founded 1913) Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (French, 1883–1971) Suit 1963–68, haute couture Machine-sewn ivory wool bouclé tweed, hand-applied navy and ivory wool knit trim handbraided with interlocking chain stitch Gift of Mrs. Lyn Revson, 1975 (1975.53.7a–e) (Next) House of CHANEL (French, founded 1913) Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) Suit Autumn/winter 2015–16, haute couture 3-D-printed (selective laser sintering) “quilted” polyamide by Materialise, hand-painted with blue, gold, and silver trompe l’oeil tweed pattern, hand-embroidered with braided white, blue, and gold wool, silk, and metal trim, and gold metal buttons with pearls Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection (Middle Right) House of CHANEL (French, founded 1913) Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) Ensemble Autumn/winter 2015–16, haute couture 3-D-printed (selective laser sintering) white polyamide overlay by Materialise, with handstitched clear crystals, lining of black silk crepe de chine hand-embroidered by Lesage with gold synthetic sequins Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection (Far Right) House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937) Cristóbal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972) Suit Winter 1964, haute couture Machine-sewn black silk synthetic gauze and Lurex matelassé Courtesy Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa, Getaria, Spain

We are thrilled that so many people from around the world experienced this exploration of the artistry of fashion,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Met. “The exhibition required the transformation of the Robert Lehman Wing into a domed cathedral-like space that invited people to slow down and contemplate the process and craft of the objects.

The exhibition, originally set to close on August 14, was extended by three weeks, and hours were added on September 2 and 3, when it stayed open until midnight, three hours past the usual 9:00 p.m. closing time on Friday and Saturday nights.

The exhibition was made possible by Apple. Additional support was provided by Condé Nast.the_met_logo

The exhibition is featured on the Museum’s website, www.metmuseum.org/ManusxMachina, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #ManusxMachina.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum Of African American History And Culture To Open September 24

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The dedication of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, on the National Mall. President Barack Obama and other dignitaries will dedicate the museum at an outdoor ceremony beginning at 9 a.m.nmaahc-logo

The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established as the 19th Smithsonian museum by an Act of Congress through legislation signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2003. Groundbreaking occurred in 2012. In 2009, the museum’s architectural team of Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroupJJR was selected, and in 2011 Clarke/Smoot/Russell was chosen as the construction firm. David Adjaye is the lead designer, and Phil Freelon is the lead architect. The landscape design is by the team of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol.

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Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution (Photo courtesy of The National Museum of African American History and Culture)

The Smithsonian broke ground for the museum Feb. 22, 2012 on its five-acre site on Constitution Avenue between 14th and 15th streets N.W. The 400,000-square-foot building has five levels above ground and four below. The museum will have exhibition galleries, an education center, a theater, café and store, as well as staff offices. Among the building’s signature spaces are the Contemplative Court, a water- and light-filled memorial area that offers visitors a quiet space for reflection; the Central Hall, the primary public space in the museum and the point of orientation to building; and a reflecting pool at the south entry of the museum, with calm waters meant to invite all to approach.

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The National Musuem of African American History and Culture on the Washington Mall. (Photo Courtesy of Smithsonian/NMAAHC. Photo Credit: Alan Karchmer)

The museum occupies a prime location in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall at the corner of Constitution Avenue at 14th Street, across from the Washington Monument. The nearly 400,000-square-foot museum will be the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting and showcasing the African American experience. Looking north from the building, visitors can see the White House, which made history in 2008 with the election of President Barack Obama. Rising to the east beyond the National Mall and other Smithsonian museums is the U.S. Capitol, seat of the nation’s legislature. And to the south and west are monuments and memorials to Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington, whose contributions to African American history and culture are told in the museum.

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From one perspective, the building’s architecture follows classical Greco-Roman form in its use of a base and shaft, topped by a capital or corona. In this case, the corona is inspired by the three-tiered crowns used in Yoruban art from West Africa. Moreover, the building’s main entrance is a welcoming porch, which has architectural roots in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora, especially the American South and Caribbean. Finally, by wrapping the entire building in an ornamental bronze-colored metal lattice, Adjaye the architects pays homage to the intricate ironwork that was crafted by enslaved African Americans in Louisiana, South Carolina, and elsewhere.Cqz2wJyXYAQOjo9

Significantly, the enveloping lattice also opens the building to exterior daylight, which can be modulated according to the season. In one sense, this is architecturally practical and sustainable—and will help the building become the first Smithsonian museum to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification. But the openness to light is also symbolic for a museum that seeks to stimulate open dialogues about race and to help promote reconciliation and healing. From the topmost corona, the view reaches ever upward, helping to remind visitors that the museum is an inspirational open to all as a place of meaning, memory, reflection, laughter, and hope.

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Plywood panel from a mural at Resurrection City, 1968. oil paint and ink on plywood. H x W x D: 48 x 96 x 1/2 in. (121.9 x 243.8 x 1.3 cm). Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Vincent DeForest

Many of the world’s great buildings have integrated their architectural form with their function or purpose. The NMAAHC follows this principle in the sense that the building (as a “container”) embraces its content—which is the American story told through the lens of African American history and culture. Fulfilling a decades-long dream, the NMAAHC building is a community resource that helps visitors learn about themselves, their histories, and their common cultures. The light reflected from the bronze-colored lattice will serve as a beacon that reminds us of what we were, what challenges we still face, and what we may hope to become. As Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the NMAAHC, has described it, “This building will sing for all of us.

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Advertisement card for the “Great Negro Mart” in Memphis, Tennessee, 1859-1860. Issued by: Hill, Ware, & Chrisp Subject of: Byrd Hill Subject of: John W. Chrisp Subject of: John D. Ware Printed by: Unidentified. ink on cardboard H x W: 2 7/8 × 4 in. (7.3 × 10.2 cm) Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Following the dedication ceremony, the museum will be open to the public, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. – midnight. Due to the size, nature and high level of interest in the dedication ceremony, the museum is distributing timed-entry passes to serve as many visitors as possible while maintaining a smooth flow of people into the museum.

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Dress sewn by Rosa Parks 1955 – 1956. Created by: Rosa Parks. synthetic fiber and metal. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Black Fashion Museum founded by Lois K. Alexander-Lane

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Outfit worn by Carlotta Walls to Little Rock Central High School 1957. Created by: Sportswear by Sheinberg. Worn by: Carlotta Walls LaNier, 2012.117.1ab. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Carlotta Walls LaNier

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Outfit worn by: Marian Anderson 2014.27.2 Ensemble associated with Marian Anderson’s 1939 Lincoln Memorial concert 1939; modified 1993 Jacket: silk, metal, thread, sequin Skirt: nylon velveteen, tulle, metal, cloth.Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Ginette DePreist in memory of James DePreist

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Dress designed by Tracy Reese and worn by the First Lady Michelle Obama in connection with the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, 2013. silk and rayon blend with glass and plastic beads, and plastic zipper. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. 

Due to the continued high level of interest in visiting the museum, more than 80,000 additional free timed passes will be made available through Sunday, Oct. 2, in order to serve as many visitors as possible while maintaining a smooth flow of people into the museum. Continue reading