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Staten Island Mode

Identity, Memory, Fashion

Get ready Staten Island, the first ever major contemporary fashion exhibition has opened at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. The exhibition runs until December 31, 2023 and is a community-driven exploration of clothing choices and their significance in relation to personal and local identity.

Guest curators Jenna Rossi-Camus and Alexis Romano, fashion researchers with roots in Staten Island, have come together to collect and commission visual and material representations of memories and experiences from the island. Jenna Rossi-Camus expressed her delight in bringing a fashion exhibition to her hometown. The exhibit serves as a reflection of Staten Island’s diverse roots and aims to address broader questions about what it means to be a Staten Islander and the variations in perceptions and lived realities. Alexis Romano emphasized that the exhibition honors the everyday dressers of Staten Island and highlights the importance of personal stories.

Staten Island Mode unfolds in four thematic rooms, each offering a different approach to collecting and interpreting dress. The exhibition celebrates individual stories while also acknowledging the presence of fashion design and retailing on Staten Island. Visitors are encouraged to reflect on the role that clothing plays in their own lives and how it holds value in their own personal memories.

Melissa West, Director & Senior Curator at the Newhouse for Contemporary Art, expressed excitement about the exhibition, which aligns with Snug Harbor’s vision of being an incubator for bold & innovative art. She invites visitors to immerse themselves in the exhibition while contemplating their personal connections to fashion, history and local culture.

Staten Island Mode: Identity, Memory, Fashion is supported by the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, among others. For additional information you can visit http://www.snug-harbor.org. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore the rich and diverse fashion culture of your community.

Feature 1:

Portrait of the Payne Family

Feature 2:

Picturing fashion memories, Staten Island Mode Workshop 2022

Feature 3:

Portrait of Janine Detore, owner of Country Mouse, Staten Island

The exhibit serves as a reflection of Staten Island’s diverse roots and aims to address broader questions about what it means to be a Staten Islander and the variations in perceptions and lived realities.