The Skyscraper Museum in New York is hosting an exhibit called Urban Fabric: Building New York's Garment District. The exhibition explores the history of building tall factories in New York's Garment District and how the factory workers eventually gained basic safety protections.
Urban Fabric focuses on the Garment District skyscrapers on Seventh Avenue that once housed the city’s clothing manufacturing industry. Built in the 1920s, these high-rises contained factories that featured a unique, pyramid-shaped architectural style. The exhibit explores these historic structures and describes the history of the Garment District and its role in manufacturing.
The area was the largest concentration of high-rise factories in the world and produced almost 75 percent of women's and children's apparel in the U.S., according to the Skyscraper Museum.
"Urban Fabric, which runs until next January, explores the crossroads between two sibling icons of everyday life: fashion and architecture," Metropolis Magazine reports. "It also sparks conversation on the industrial class conflict underlying both."
Recently, Fashion Center Business Improvement District director Barbara Randall proposed changing the name of the area to better reflect the district's current inhabitants, which are mainly architecture firms and internet businesses, according to the Wall Street Journal.