These 3-D-Printed Dresses Are All Over Madison Avenue

“The Language of Fashion,” an art installation created by School of Visual Arts students with help from designers like Altuzarra and Michael Kors.Photo: Chance Yeh/Getty Images for SVA NYC

Now on display throughout New York Fashion Week, Madison Avenue’s first-ever public art installation spotlights clothing designs created by School of Visual Arts students with help from fashion designers who mentored them. Twenty-two 3-D-printed dresses are showcased in the exhibition “The Language of Fashion,” which started as a project for second-year SVA students.

In class, students were told to create paper dress models only using typography. Spirit & Flesh magazine’s co-founder Yelena Deyneko listened to students pitch their final projects and spoke with Linda Fargo, Bergdorf Goodman’s senior vice-president and fashion director, who invited top fashion designers like Altuzarra, Rosie Assoulin, and Michael Kors to mentor the students.

Curated by Fargo, “The Language of Fashion” presents 3-D-printed versions of the SVA students’ work. The show was produced with help from Richard Wilde, SVA chair of undergraduate advertising and design departments; Deyneko of Spirit & Flesh magazine; and Matthew Bauer of the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District. It will be on view on Madison Avenue, between 57th and 79th streets, until September 18.