Massive floral models arrive at Hudson Yards to celebrate remarkable women

Lilies, carnations, orchids and more types of roses than you knew existed will be transformed into larger-than-life floral sculptures honoring incredible women throughout history, and you can view them for free at The Shops. at Hudson Yards starting this Friday, October 7. .

Sixteen floral models will make up this thriving wonderland called “WOMEN”, each celebrating a different iconic woman, such as Frida Kahlo, Billie Holiday, Malala Yousafzai and Queen Elizabeth II.

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Each mannequin masterpiece stands 10 feet tall. World renowned bespoke floral company Fleurs de Villes animates the botanical exhibition in partnership with New York florists. The “WOMEN” show appeared everywhere from Edinburgh to Sydney before arriving in New York. Although the New York pieces aren’t finished yet, judging by the photos of past events we share here, prepare to be wowed.

Here is who will be represented through flowers this month:

Bella Abzug

A lawyer, social activist and U.S. Congresswoman from New York, she was a strong advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment and a leader of the women’s rights movement.

Fanny Brice

Fanny Brice was one of the biggest vaudeville stars of all time. Brice’s remarkable life is the subject of the musical funny girl, which is now back on Broadway, starring Lea Michele as Fanny Brice at the August Wilson Theater. This piece is presented in partnership with funny girl on Broadway.

billie holiday

This American jazz singer who grew up in Harlem was nicknamed “Lady Day”. She was a pioneering influence on jazz and pop singing and was known for her incredible pitch control and improvisational skills.

Photography: Courtesy of Fleurs de Villes | Frida Kahlo at a past exhibition.

Frida Kahlo

Probably the most well-known female painter of modern times, Kahlo is famous for her groundbreaking self-portraits and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of her native Mexico.

Lady Gaga

A New York-born singer-songwriter and performance artist known for her fashion and over-the-top performances, she successfully transitioned to acting, with her later roles in films. Gucci House and A star is born.

Jennifer Lopez

Actor, singer and dancer from the Bronx, Lopez is considered the most influential Hispanic artist in North America.

Bette Midler

A film, television and Broadway actress, comedian and singer, Midler received a Kennedy Center Honors in 2021.

Leontyne Prize

This American soprano with a long association with the Metropolitan Opera was the first African-American to be a leading performer there.

Queen Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II was Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms from 1952 until her death earlier this year. She was Queen Reigning of 32 sovereign states during her lifetime and 15 at the time of her death.

Chita Rivera

A film, television and theater actor, singer and dancer, Rivera originated the role of Anita in West Side Story on Broadway.

Eleanor Roosevelt

A diplomat, humanitarian and first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945, Roosevelt became chairman of the UN Commission on Human Rights and helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Gloria Vanderbilt

As she rose to prominence early in her life as the center of a widely publicized custody battle, Vanderbilt carved out a place for herself in history as an artist, author and creator of fashion.

Vera Wang

This American fashion designer who launched her own brand at 40 is now well known for her wedding dresses. Before that, she had worked at vogue for 17 years and had been the youngest editor there when she was hired out of college.

Edith Wharton

Considered the Grande Dame of American letters, Edith Wharton wrote 40 books in 40 years, including The age of innocencefor which she won a Pulitzer Prize for Literature, becoming the first woman to do so.

Serena Williams

Considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, the tennis champion announced her retirement in August 2022, 23 years after her first Grand Slam title at the US Open in 1999.

Malala Yousafzai

A Pakistani activist for women’s education and human rights, Yousafzai is also the youngest person in the world to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

A flower sculpture at a past exhibition.
Photography: By Karen Sterling / Courtesy of Fleurs de Villes | A flower sculpture at a past exhibition.

Participating florists this year include: Alexis Denise Floral Design, Blooming New York, Brooklyn Blooms, FDK Florals, Flowers by Special Arrangement, Hactac Events by Denise A Grant, Larkspur Botanicals, Lilac Shade Flower Co., Ora la Casa de las Flores , Polycarp Flowers, Raven Hollow Guild, Rosehip, Starbright Floral Design, Villanueva Designs and WFM Floral & Design.

Besides admiring the flowers, you can also shop at pop-up flower markets, vote for your favorite model, and attend floral workshops where you’ll learn how to create floral headbands and craft unique rose bouquets.

See WOMEN from Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 16 (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) in The Shops at Hudson Yards.

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