A group of Philadelphia fashion-obsessed men gathered for an event this past Friday.
The event was hosted by the nonprofit Philadelphia Fashion Foundation and the Fashion District Philadelphiana to celebrate 50 years of Philadelphia’s fashion.
The event featured vintage clothes from the 1950’s as well as some vintage accessories, such as watches, hats, shoes, dresses, and more.
For the 50th anniversary, the Foundation sponsored an evening of live music and performances from local artists.
There was also a special evening with Philadelphia’s best-known designers and designers from the Fashion World.
The Foundation said that they wanted to celebrate the 50 years that the city has had the luxury of seeing fashion and fashion designers, as well the 50 seasons of the 50s and 60s.
“I think it’s a great way to commemorate 50 years,” said Patricio Sotto, executive director of the Foundation.
“There’s nothing better than seeing a great designer wearing the clothes they created and they’re wearing on the street in a streetwear world.”
A few of the designers and fashion icons featured during the event were the designers behind the iconic “Tattooed Woman” and the fashion designers behind “I Can’t Sleep” and “Fashion Police.”
For example, the designer behind “Tatooed Women” is also a part of the Fashion Police team that created the classic “I can’t sleep” t-shirt.
And, of course, the designers that created “I Cant Sleep” were also on the “F” crew that won the Fashion Commission for best streetwear in 1976.
“We are going to continue to look at the history of the clothing, to find some inspiration, to see what the fashion and the designer has been doing and to continue that history,” said Sotto.
For some of the guests, the event also featured an appearance by fashion photographer Mark Rothko.
Rothko has a lot of work to do, but he’s proud to be one of the pioneers of modern fashion and his work is a great example of what the “new cool” should be.
The 50th event at the Fashion Foundation was sponsored by The Fashion City, a Philadelphia-based non-profit that promotes the preservation and restoration of historic and culturally significant buildings, and has become a leader in the preservation of historic buildings in Philadelphia.
“Fitness for All” was the theme for the event, and guests had to take a physical activity test to enter.
“You’ve got to take the physical and not the mental part,” said Lisa Lasky, a spokesperson for The Fashion Foundation.
The foundation also sponsored a silent auction, which is a time when the Foundation encourages Philadelphia residents to contribute to the preservation effort of a building that has been vacant for decades.
“We have lots of opportunities,” said Lasko.
“It’s an auction and we’re giving away a lot.”
And if you’re looking for something special, there were plenty of items available for sale for the evening.
“All of the proceeds will be donated to The Philadelphia Food Bank,” said Linda Ponce, a spokeswoman for The Philadelphia Fashion Museum.