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.