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July 23 2014

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when art meets fashion

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Phillips de Pury and Company’s Saturday at Phillips series returns this weekend with a new addition to its auction block: contemporary fashion. Curator Phoebe Stephens is launching the category with a group of one-off dresses from emerging New York label Electric Feathers, as well as jewelry made in collaboration by Alyssa Norton and Electric Feathers designer Leana Zuniga. “It’s a great platform,” notes Zuniga, whose apparel has heretofore been available only at downtown boutique No.6 and by special order. “When you work on a one-of-a-kind dress, you can really invest in the creative process. There’s not that pressure of, oh God, how do I manufacture 100 more just like this?” Potential bidders—and the merely curious—can get a sneak peek of Zuniga’s creations at tonight’s cocktail party preview of the Saturday at Phillips auction slate, which will also include art toys, contemporary photography, and vintage watches. “I’m really trying to develop the idea of current fashion as a collectible item,” says Stephens, “the same way an amazing vintage dress will become collectible, years later. Eventually, I’d like to be commissioning exclusive pieces from more established designers, people who already work at the place where relevant fashion meets art. I mean, the two things are already so intermixed, I figure, why not mix it up a bit more?”

Photo: Courtesy Electric Feathers

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