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Virgin Hotels Dallas celebrates Texas' reopening with flashy fashion exhibit

Virgin Hotels celebrates Texas' reopening with flashy fashion exhibit

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Check it out but don't get too close. Photo courtesy of Virgin

Swanky Virgin Hotels Dallas is marking Texas' partial reopening with a showy fashion and art exhibit that will debut on May 29.

Called "Together Again: Reconnecting Through Fashion and Art," the installation is curated by fashion consultant Kristen Cole, former president and chief creative officer of Forty Five Ten, the Dallas-based boutique chain that was part of the empire of downtown Dallas kingpin and Joule Dallas hotel owner Tim Headington. Switching teams!

The exhibit comprises 12 mannequins styled in colorful, expressive pieces from notable fashion designers including:

  • 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Christopher John Rogers
  • young designer and Vogue favorite Marina Moscone
  • 2019 CFDA womenswear designer of the year nominee Rosie Assoulin
  • CFDA Swarovski nominee and milliner Gigi Burris

Each mannequin is at least six feet apart, obvs. A release says that the installation, displayed in vignettes throughout various public spaces of the hotel, "celebrates coming back together through several thoughtful contemporary artworks aimed to cultivate conversation."

Along with the fancy mannequins, there'll be other new pieces of art, plus a collection of surreal fashion photographs by Manolo Campion throughout the ground-level restaurant, bar, and lounge Commons Club. Inside the Funny Library Coffee Shop, a commissioned bright graphic vinyl installation by Andrew Kuo that creatively encourages social distancing.

Other works include a large-scale multi-media sculpture by Katie Stout; a multi-media installation from Austin based Andy Coolquit; and neon and LED hanging sculpture from Texas-based Adela Andea.

Virgin Hotels VP Teddy Mayer says that their goal was to do something bold and "characteristically Virgin" to promote social distancing in the hotel. He likes Kristen "Texas' Queen of Cool" Cole, too.

"Instead of removing furniture or roping off areas, we thought bringing in stunning mannequins to supplement limited capacity requirements would be more upbeat and lively," Mayer says. "I'm thrilled that Kristen Cole took on this challenge as she brought it far beyond my expectations."

The installation will be on view throughout the summer, ready for you to view at a distance.