Delano Las Vegas Showcases Fashion as Fine Art with Exhibit

Guests of Delano Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort can delight in a special exhibit that showcases fashion as fine art. Situated throughout Delano’s immersive lobby, “ORGANIC MATTER” features a travelling collection of 12 pieces of wearable fine art designed by students of the Pratt Institute in collaboration with design visionary Ralph Pucci. ORGANIC MATTER will be on display through November 24.

Delano Las Vegas Art Exhibit
Delano Las Vegas Art Exhibit

Juxtaposing student-designed fashions with Pucci’s iconic mannequins, ORGANIC MATTER premiered earlier this year at Ralph Pucci International’s Nine Gallery in Manhattan and has since appeared in the windows of Macy’s flagship Herald Square store in New York City and Neiman Marcus’ flagship store in Dallas.

For a limited time, a collection of unique woven pieces ranging from elegant sheaths and sweaters to artfully crafted crocheted scarves and headpieces will be displayed throughout the lobby of Delano Las Vegas. Each design flanks one of the hotel’s iconic draped white linen columns, offering a unique visual for guests and passersby.

Credited with revolutionizing the mannequin industry in the 1970s by breaking away from traditional rigid forms, Pucci is renowned for his high-end sculpture, lighting and furniture company based in New York City and is a trustee of the esteemed Pratt Institute.

For the original ORGANIC MATTER show, undergraduate students in the fashion department at Pratt (#PrattFashion) were challenged to take an avant-garde approach to knitwear by re-thinking its form, function and design as wearable fine art. Working with neutral-hued organic Lion Brand Yarn, students created innovative styles to complement matte gray mannequins from Pucci’s classic MANIKIN collection. Of the more than 90 student projects considered for the exhibition, 27 works were selected for ORGANIC MATTER, each illustrating a forward-thinking approach to woven design. 12 are displayed at Delano Las Vegas.

Among the diverse works from ORGANIC MATTER showcased at Delano Las Vegas are:

  • A large-gauge knit tee made of panty hose and a knit skirt with leather suspenders
  • A crocheted coat featuring a stuffed-dog doll collar
  • A caged sphere head piece and skirt with a crocheted bodysuit

About Delano Las Vegas

Delano Las Vegas opened September 2, 2014 as a new all-suite, smoke-free luxury hotel experience located steps away from Mandalay Bay. Featuring a unique sand-meets-water design, Delano blends signature elements of Delano South Beach with the distinct energy only found on the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel offers dynamic social spaces such as Franklin, an eclectic lounge; 3940 Coffee + Tea; and Della’s Kitchen, where “historic farmhouse meets urban kitchen.” BATHHOUSE Spa infuses the soothing elements of locally sourced ingredients, drawing inspiration from Morgans Hotel Group’s collection of hotels around the world as well as Delano Las Vegas’ desert locale. Delano Las Vegas is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).


About Pratt Institute

Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education dedicated to preparing its 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences. Located in a cultural hub with historic campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Pratt is a living lab of craft and creativity with an esteemed faculty of accomplished professionals and scholars who challenge their talented students to transform their passion into meaningful expression.

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