Looking for fabulous fashionable things to do on your trip to NYC? Look no further; this list is the fashionistas guide to New York City's Garment Center and Fashion District. Located between 34th and 42nd streets between 5th and 8th avenues the Garment Center is something everyone interested in fashion and sewing should see, especially as it gets smaller and smaller. Just walking around the neighborhood you'll see fabric stores, showrooms and people busily pulling rolling racks of clothing through the streets. It's a future designer's dream. 1. Visit the Big Button; located on the corner of 39th Street and 7th Avenue (Fashion Avenue is 7th's other name) is the Big Button. Beneath it you'll find The Garment Disctrict Kiosk. Say hello to the person inside - they're happy to offer suggestions of places to visit. You can also pick up their map . . . Directly next to the kiosk is another amazing statue; titled The Garment Worker this work by Judith Weller is of her father, a tailor who worked in the Garment District. Now look up towards 40th and across 7th avenue. You should see a tall tan building with dark brown trim - this used to be Parsons The New School of Design. You can still see the outlines of the letters on the facade. Parsons, unfortunately moved all classes downtown but Project Runway still uses the building for filming (as of 2014).
2. Photos: Head east and duck into 1410 Broadway. In this building's lobby are some amazing photos of the old factories in the Garment Center. It's free, quick and interesting. This building is home to a ton of fashion showrooms too. 3. Fashion Walk of Fame: Back on 7th ave between 34th street and 42nd is the Fashion Walk of Fame. Look for gold circle plaques in the sidewalk on the east side of 7th. Each plaque features a different designer with information and a sketch. It's definitely worth seeing! 4. The Project Runway Experience: The Fashion Class is a fashion & sewing studio located on 39th btwn 5th and 6th that offers a class which includes a trip through the garment center to Mood Designer Fabrics and the ability to design and sew your very own garment in their sewing studio. A definite must for all future fashion designers!
5. Tour with Mike's NYC Tours - Mike's 2-hr Fashion District History Walking Tour is very entertaining. He'll guide you through the Fashion Walk of Fame, Mood Fabrics and even sometimes gets his groups a tour of a real showroom or garment factory! 6. Mood Designer Fabrics - Located on the 3rd floor of 225 W 37th Street, Mood has three full floors of fashionable fabric plus a home decor store on the ground floor. Buy yourself some fabric, buy an iconic Mood bag, if you're lucky you'll meet their mascot Swatch! 7.FIT Museum - The Fashion Institute of Technology is a design college located on 27th and 7th. They have free and very well curated fashion exhibits that can feature historical or modern day fashion. It's worth the trip "downtown".
8. Met Costume Institute: The Metropolitan Museum of Art is iconic for it's Egyptian wing. Did you know it also has an annual Costume & Fashion Exhibit? Any fashion exhibit at the Met is a fully immersive experience with music, decor, lighting and fashion all matching the theme of the exhibit. 9. Sample Sales: The Garment District is known by New Yorkers for it's showroom sample sales. You can buy clothes, jewelry, handbags and more for very little. Check out TopButton.com to find all the local sales or just walk through the garment center - you'll see signs in the windows on 37th & 38th streets between 7th and 8th aves. 10.Window Shopping: See the beautifully designed windows in some of NYC's upscale departments stores like Bloomingdales, Saks, Lord & Taylor and Macy's. Or go on a tour of these fabulous displays with NY Pass or WindowsWear .