Iconic DKNY mural painted over

You know I'm a sucker for anything that puts graffiti and fashion together in the same sentence, but this is just sad...

[photo by me, April 2006]

[photo by BoweryBoogie, June 2009]

The iconic DKNY mural on the corner building at Houston and Broadway is now sadly gone.

The mural was created back in the early 1990's, during the golden years of Donna Karan's fashion empire. It showed a striking New York landscape featuring the Statue of Liberty, the Twin Towers and works by veteran graffiti writes REVS and COST incorporated into the landscape pictured. It has been photographed by millions of tourists these past 20 years (yours trully included) and was considered more of a city New York landmark than a simple advertisement. The mural was painted a greyish brown after the building was purchased by Abercrombie & Fitch to be turned into a Hollister store.

For a more detailed view of the now gone mural, check this picture by wallyg in flickr, in size large. Has some really nice trivia, too.

You know those New Yorkers are totally pissed about this. Especially since Hollister is considered touristy and redneckish...

[photo by woodwood]

[via Fashion Addict Diary]