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T Blog @ New York Times : VPL

T Blog @ New York Times

Fashion With a Twist | Orly Genger at VPL

By NANCY MACDONELL

| May 10, 2011, 5:45 pm

When Victoria Bartlett, the designer behind the Visible Panty Line label, opened her first boutique in New York late last year, she intended it to be more than just a showcase for her clothes — it would also be a gallery, where the artistic collaborations that are a regular feature of her work could be put on display. She put the plan into action for the first time on Monday night, when the Mercer Street shop was the site of an installation by the artist Orly Genger, who’s known for knotting thick nylon climbing rope into massive, room-filling shapes and who has collaborated with Bartlett on installations for her runway shows and also on accessories. “Squat,” as the new piece is called, has an unusual twist: For the duration of the event, it incorporated two live models, both clad in VPL underwear. “The idea was to have it look like something had blown through like a tornado and swept up against the window, engulfing the girls,” Bartlett explained as she surveyed the scene. “It’s this enormous muscle of rope that’s come crashing through the store.”

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