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Wearing the Vignelli subway map

by Benjamin Kabak


In the annals of New York City subway history, nothing is more fetishized and analyzed than the Massimo Vignelli 1970s-era subway map. Over the last few years, I’ve written posts about Vignelli’s signage, an update to the Vignelli map and the Vignelli-inspired KickMap. I also own a handful of Vignelli maps from various years.

This latest find, though, takes the cake. As you can see, it is a dress with the Vignelli subway map reproduced on it. It is a silk piece part of the Francis New York spring collection. A buddy of mine found it at Nordstrom’s site where it is on sale for $249.90. My favorite part are the straps, each featuring a different Vignelli-colored subway line.

Click through for a view of the back. As today is July 3, mostly a day off from work, I won’t be posting much more. I’ll be back with the service advisories later today. Happy Fourth of July!


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Alon Levy July 3, 2009 - 2:18 am

Happy Washington-et-al-didn’t-want-to-pay-the-same-taxes-as-everyone-else-in-Britain day.

ElizabethAnn July 4, 2009 - 6:18 pm

OOh. It’s terrible that I want it too. How many women in NYC will proudly wear the same dress!

Jonathan July 4, 2009 - 7:22 am

Downtown Brooklyn is right at the yoni.

Heather July 4, 2009 - 3:58 pm

Is it too terrible that I really, really want this, and would rock it proudly?

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WendyB July 6, 2009 - 5:52 pm

Thank so much for mentioning the dress. We at Francis are very proud of it!

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Does it come in a Size 22 Male?

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