There's a real Wisteria Lane located in a forgotten alley in Greenwich Village, and it was the perfect location to shoot my Spring 2010 Collection look book!
Washington Mews originally housed stables but was converted to housing in the 1930's. We choose the loveliest home for the shoot, with shell pink doors and fragrant bunches of wisteria climbing the facade on woody vines. The flowers happened to be in full bloom, which only lasts a few weeks each year... Dinah, the cat who lives there, came out to say hello to the visitors.
This particular house has a unique story. It was once the home of Gertrude Vanderbuilt Whitney, founder of the Whitney museum which was originally located just around the corner on 8th Street!
It also had a cozy bedroom for her niece Gloria Vanderbilt, who would stay with her aunt during school breaks. Gloria painted this wonderful picture from memory of her aunt's home, for New York Magazine, when they published an article about this converted carriage house!
Cynthia Rybakoff Spring 2010 Collection available at CynthiaRybakoff.
Images courtesy of Matt Shapoff and New York Magazine.