Photos and text by Daniel Efram
LRC — aka Lydia Rodrigues Collection — is presenting designer Tunji Dada's fashion showcase, "Phon(e)y Selections."
Dada's work — his first comprehensive collection since 2011 — puts a twist on the classic Americana of denim, repurposing Vietnam War tent fabric into jeans, tees and trench coats.
The show is on through Sept. 25 at LRCHQEV, located on the third floor (no. 306) of the Ukrainian National Home, 140-142 Second Ave. between St. Mark's Place and Ninth Street.
Dada (pictured above) grew up in Nigeria. His mother was a seamstress, and "fashion was ingrained early, and sewing machines became Dada's matchbox cars." He moved to the United States in his 20s.
Said LRC's Rodrigues (pictured below) in a statement: "Having known him since 2011, his audacious approach consistently surprises with timely concepts challenging the very essence of fashion." website for more info about this and upcoming shows.
LRC is "a retail project at the intersection of art and fashion, showcasing contemporary and independent designers and makers within intimate settings ..."