Sunday Sessions

Vestoj Storytelling Salon

Sunday, March 29, 2015
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM


With Pat ClevelandDapper Dan, Patricia Field, Mary McFaddenGlenn O'Brien and Candy Pratts Price

The Vestoj Storytelling Salon brings together a handful of people who have shaped the New York fashion scene over the past five decades. Throughout the day, each participant tells a story directly affiliated with their life which are all connected through their common narrative based on material memories, and woven around or linked to a specific garment or object.

The event removes barriers between storyteller and audience, allowing the response of the listeners to influence and inform the ebb and flow of the stories themselves, effectively turning the listeners into co-creators of each story as it's being experienced. The Vestoj Storytelling Salon reflects on how grander social and cultural narratives impact the lives of individuals, and how objects of desire could be read as a map to our past, here momentarily resurrected as textile memento moris.

Pat Cleveland, model:
Pat was one of the first African American supermodels. She was a stalwart at Studio 54, and a muse to designers Yves Saint Laurent, Halston and Stephen Burroughs. Known for her distinctive and theatrical runway walk, she continues modeling to this day – most recently appearing with her daughter in this year’s Lanvin spring/summer ad campaign.

Dapper Dan, designer:
In the late 1980s Dapper Dan’s Boutique in Harlem was open twenty-four hours a day in order to cater to all the local celebrities: LL Cool J, Mike Tyson, Salt-N-Pepa and notorious drug dealer Alpo Martinez were just a handful of his regulars. By printing Gucci, Fendi and Louis Vuitton logos all over mink, crocodile and python outfits, Dap made booming business until the companies whose logos he had hijacked forced him underground in 1992.

Patricia Field, costume designer:
Pat became a household name as the costume designer of Sex and the City. A native New Yorker, her downtown boutique Patricia Field has catered to club kids and eccentrics since 1966, and Pat herself has through her work on the big and small screen spawned many a trend – from Carrie Bradshaw’s tutu and ‘Carrie’ necklace, to Ugly Betty’s quirky pattern and colour combos and Miranda Priestly’s ‘rich-lady clothes’ in The Devil Wears Prada.

Mary McFadden, designer:
Mary McFadden helped define American fashion in the 1970s. A lover of ancient cultures and exotic textiles, she turned her hand-painted tunics, pleated silk gowns and elaborately embroidered dresses into a multimillion brand in the 1980s. Married five times (once to the King of Dogon), Mary is today dating Marquette de Bary, with whom she travels the world in order to add to her much-treasured and ever-growing collection of art and antiques.

Glenn O’Brien, writer:
Glenn was the first editor at Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, and a member of Warhol’s Factory. Between 1978-1982 he hosted TV Party, featuring Jean Michel Basquiat, David Byrne, Klaus Nomi, The Clash and many others. He has since been a stand up comedian, an ad-man for Barneys New York and the editor of Madonna’s book Sex. Today Glenn writes the column ‘The Style Guy’ for GQ magazine.

Candy Pratts Price, editor:
Anna Wintour once called Candy the ‘Queen of the Internet’, and after over a decade at the helm of followed by, this is a fitting moniker. In her long career in the business, Candy has gone from shopgirl at Charles Jourdan to working closely with all from Wintour to Ralph Lauren, Guy Bourdin, Manolo Blahnik and Mario Testino. She has been immortalised in ‘The September Issue’, as the world’s first fashion editor avatar and by the CFDA who awarded her the Eugenia Sheppard Award in 2008.


*MoMA and MoMA PS1+ Members can purchase tickets at this discounted rate in advance by calling (718)784-2084 and choosing extension 0 during museum hours or in person at the Box Office.


Vestoj Storytelling Salon is organized by Anja Aronowsky Cronberg and Vestoj.

Vestoj Stroytelling Salon is made possible by the generous support of  Fondation Galeries Lafayette, Paris.

Illustration: Bénédicte Muller

Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator with Alex Sloane, Curatorial Assistant and Rosey Selig-Addiss, Associate Producer.

Sunday Sessions 2014-15 is dedicated to Mike Skinner, 1974-2014

Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

Major support is provided by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.


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