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The Delano Makes a Fashion Statement

Vegas Rated Magazine - November 2014

Vegas Rated Magazine Vegas Rated Magazine

“Organic Matter” exhibit showcases knitwear as fine art

You typically see the same things when you walk into any casino lobby: paintings, foliage, maybe a fountain, but step into Delano Las Vegas’ immersive lobby and you’ll be greeted by a small army of mannequins dressed in an array of crocheted outfits.

Don’t be frightened. The outfitted mannequins are all part of “Organic Matter,” an exhibit that showcases fashion as fine art. It’s a collaboration between famed artist Ralph Pucci and students at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute. Pucci’s 12 mannequins, each modeling a different knitwear in front of white linen columns, appear throughout the lobby. Items range from dresses, sweaters and even sheaths, and they were all designed by Pratt undergrads.

“Working with the Pratt students is truly exhilarating. The pieces selected for the exhibit exude talent on a very high level,” Pucci says, who equates the talent of the Pratt students to famous fashion designers. “Over the years I have worked very closely with many fashion designers to dress my mannequins—Isabel Toledo, Anna Sui, Silvia Heisel, just to name a few. I am sure that some of these students are destined to achieve great success.”

But why choose The Delano as the temporary home for the exhibit? Pucci says it was a connection with MGM Resorts Vice President of Visual Merchandising Timothy Opsomer. “[Opsomer] mentioned that they were in the process of opening The Delano Hotel, which would be the anti-Las Vegas Hotel—a place to escape the visual noise and a place to energize and become inspired. The hotel’s decor was inspired by nature so it was the perfect fit.”

“Organic Matter” by Ralph Pucci in collaboration with Pratt Institute students will be at Delano Las Vegas until November 24.
by Ian Caramanzana in Relax