An assignment for WAG’s September issue, themed “Fashion Passion,” brought us to the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in Manhattan recently.

We were there to see “Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin,” extended through Oct. 25.

The show is a well-rounded glimpse into the amazing career of man who has straddled the worlds of art, design, fashion and retail to make quite an impact.

And while at MAD, we poked around a bit after the Pucci show and had a few moments of recognition.

Stopping in to check out “Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today” (through Sept. 27), we were tickled to note works by Michelle Grabner – she was one of the curators of “Art of the Northeast” at the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan this summer, featured in the July issue of WAG – and Eva Zeisel (1906-2011), the industrial designer who for years had a home in Rockland County.

Stay tuned for our September profile of Pucci, whom we later visited at his company’s headquarters. Our conversation touched on subjects ranging from the way he’s inspired by everything from a magazine article to jazz music and his worldwide travels to his work with a long list of noted artists and designers and his childhood and later years living in Westchester and now, Greenwich.

It’s quite a life – and quite an interesting story.

For more, visit madmuseum.org.

– Mary Shustack

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