HTX New York Fashion Week spring 2016
Fashion And Art Mix

Pamella Roland's fashion show at the fabulous new Whitney Museum is a real work of art

Pamella Roland fashion show at Whitney Museum is real work of art

Pamella Roland spring 2016 collection
The finale of the Pamella Roland runway show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Photo courtesy of Pamella Roland
Pamella Roland spring 2016 collection
Pamella Roland poppy silk faille A-line tea-length dress with blush bands and beading. Photo courtesy of Pamella Roland
Pamella Roland spring 2016 collection
Pamella Roland ctiron and mint double face satin gown with geo-plexi beading. Photo courtesy of Pamella Roland
Pamella Roland spring 2016 collection
Pamella Roland blush faille gown with ivory nebula lace and pearl bodice. Courtesy of Pamella Roland
Pamella Roland spring 2016 collection
Pamella Roland black mint, ivory and black silk georgette strapless gown with beading. Photo courtesy of Pamella Roland
Pamella Roland spring 2016 collection
Pamella Roland ivory iiquid organza LED shrug and ivory silk georgette strapless gown. Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for Pamella Roland
Pamella Roland spring 2016 collection
The spectacular finale of the Pamella Roland runway show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Photo courtesy of Pamella Roland
Pamella Roland spring 2016 collection
Pamella Roland mint and citron double face satin dress with origami drape. Photo courtesy of Pamella Roland
Pamella Roland spring 2016 collection
Pamella Roland spring 2016 collection
Pamella Roland spring 2016 collection
Pamella Roland spring 2016 collection
Pamella Roland spring 2016 collection
Pamella Roland spring 2016 collection
Pamella Roland spring 2016 collection
Pamella Roland spring 2016 collection

NEW YORK — It pays to have connections.

As vice president of the board of trustees at the Whitney Museum of American ArtPamella Roland was able to secure the coveted venue for the first-ever fashion show held at the new Renzo Piano-designed building that is the talk of the town. 

It merged Roland's love for fashion and art with a spring collection inspired by the legendary Frank Stella (a retrospective of the artist's work opens at the Whitney next month) with high-tech panache.

Noting that Stella used unorthodox materials in his paintings, Roland incorporates such unusual fabrics as PVC Nebula lace, reflective taffeta, LED fibers and plexiglass beading into her dressed-up designs. The opening look, a strapless silk ivory gown, gets a futuristic sheen with an organza LED shrug. Satin coats and shift dresses look almost 3-dimensional with intricate pearl beading and plexi designs.

Roland also utilized the origami pattern she is known for in gowns and dresses, creating striking color combinations of red and pink, citron and mint, or orange and pink. And a silver strapless sequined jumpsuit is a real sparkler.

At the end of the show, which attracted celebrity guests Mary J. Blige and Fashion Police panelist Brad Goreski, a wall lifted to showcase the models in a tableau lit with colors from the collection. It, indeed, looked like a piece of fine art.

In Houston, Roland is carried exclusively at Elizabeth Anthony.