Not many things stay relevant in fashion for 25 years, but Industria has proven to buck the trend; this year the multi-studio complex is celebrating a major milestone. Founded by photographer Fabrizio Ferri in 1991, the Industria studios have become a go-to for fashion shows, shoots, brand experiences, concerts, seminars and exhibits. For example, in 1992 Madonna’s Sex Book release party took place here.
A multi-purpose studio like Industria was the first of its kind in New York, offering a hub for creative types and brands alike. Now, the city is teeming with spaces that have borrowed from Ferri’s original idea, though it’s not this entrepreneur’s sole venture. In addition to being a photographer, Ferri has directed films, written scripts and musical scores for operas, authored novels and founded a resort in an Italian national park.
To celebrate two and a half decades in the business, Ferri is opening two new Industria studios, one at 39 South 5th Street in Manhattan and 33 Grand Street in Brooklyn. This is in addition to the two existing West Village outposts, located at 775 Washington Street and a few steps away at 356 West 12th Street. Another big moment for Industria will take place this November, when an exhibit on The Rolling Stones (appropriately titled Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones) will be hosted at the 775 Washington Street location.
In commemoration of these historic 25 years, let’s take a trip through memorable fashion moments that took place within the hallowed halls of Industria. From Ulla Johnson’s flower strewn presentation to Duckie Brown‘s debut women’s collection and Rosie Assoulin‘s colorful lineup, the whole fashion community has fond memories of this space.