Empire State Building Illuminated with Iconic Fashion for 150th Anniversary of Harper’s BAZAAR

Empire State Building at Night

The Empire State Building is known as one of New York City’s most famous tourist attractions and has become an icon for the Big Apple. But every once and a while, the Art Deco skyscraper transforms into an unconventional canvas for spectacular projected art. Fashion magazine Harper’s BAZAAR recently celebrated their 150th birthday, and to commemorate the monumental occasion, they showcased a new take on the Empire State Building at night. In a stunning display, they illuminated the 102-story structure with their chic fashion photography throughout the years.

Photographer Kenny Rodriguez caught a glimpse of the Harper’s BAZAAR projections at Rockefeller Center. “It’s not everyday you get to see projections on the Empire State Building that are 40+ stories tall,” he says. At a slightly elevated angle, he captured the massive portraits of Audrey Hepburn, Kate Moss, as well as other high-fashion images as they shone like beacons against the backdrop of the Hudson River and a bustling cityscape below. The digital project coupled with historic photos show just how far Harper's has come during their impressive run.

Photographer Kenny Rodriguez captured the Empire State Building at night.

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But this wasn't a normal night; for the magazine Harper's BAZAAR's 150th anniversary, they lit up the building with their chic, iconic images.

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Here's a video from Harper's BAZAAR that gives you an inside look at its historic birthday.

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All images via Kenny Rodriguez.

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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