New York State of Mind - 2016
This week Southern Accents hit the road and headed to "The Big Apple"! Garlan and Josh spent the week constructing the backdrop for American clothing designer Billy Reid's fashion show for New York City Fashion Week 2016.
This was our third time working with Billy Reid to design/build the set for one of his New York City fashion shows. Our first trip to New York took place in September of 2010. A collection of salvaged doors and large columns were used to set the scene for that fall's edition of fashion week. We returned to NYC in February of 2013, constructing a backdrop made of salvaged wood tiles. The wood tile walls were paired with a number of gorgeous crystal chandeliers, creating a stunning setting to showcase the Billy Reid 2013 fall/winter collection.
The inspiration for the design of this latest set was a tunnel that Southern Accents designed and built last September. The tunnel served as the entrance for a private party for Chef Frank Stitt and Blackberry Farms Brewery that was held in Florence, Alabama as part of Billy Reid's Shindig No. 7. Southern Accents was given full creative freedom in the design and creation of the event entrance. The tunnel, which was constructed at the Kennedy Douglass Center for the Arts, was so well received that we were asked to leave it standing for several weeks after the event for the community to enjoy.
Upon receiving a hand sketch of Billy's design for this year's stage, we constructed this small scale version. The full size backdrop was constructed using reclaimed 2 x 8 oak lumber ranging in length from 12 to 18 feet. Most of the overlapping joints were mortise and tenon.
Over the past several years we have worked with Billy on a number of projects, including providing materials for many of his retail stores. As a fellow creative and Alabama Maker, we appreciate Billy's love and respect for salvaged architectural elements and appreciate every opportunity that we are given to work with him. Make sure that you are following Southern Accents and Billy Reid on Instagram to keep up with upcoming projects!
February 5, 2016, Vol. 183
From hand sketched design, to small scale version, to full size backdrop in New York City!
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