Everything to Know about TWA Flight Center

Everything to Know about TWA Flight Center

The retired-terminal-cum-hotel is a stage for both fictional fashion shows and Louis Vuitton Cruise 2020 tonight. Here's all you need to know about the structure.

The retired-terminal-cum-hotel is a stage for both fictional fashion shows and Louis Vuitton Cruise 2020 tonight. Here's all you need to know about the structure.

Text: Emma Li

Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière is bringing Louis Vuitton’s international cruise collections back to the United States in the spirit of the fashion house's penchant for travel. The Cruise 2020 Collection, which will be held today at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight Center, marks the brand’s return after Louis Vuitton previously showcased its past cruise collections in Palm Springs, the former New York Stock Exchange, the South Street Seaport, and the Meatpacking District.

Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen designed the TWA terminal, which opened in 1962. Since then, the space has been deemed an architectural icon with its distinctive wing-shaped roof and tubular corridors. In 1994, the Flight Center was declared a New York City landmark and was later recorded in the National Register of Historic Places.

Various films were filmed on the location including Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can” and Gary Ross’ “Ocean’s 8” stewardess-themed fashion show sequence.

Since 2001, the building has been closed. Louis Vuitton will be the first to hold an event at the restored TWA building before it opens next week on May 15 as part of the TWA Hotel. The hotel and new terminal will include retail spaces, bars, restaurants, a rooftop infinity pool, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Paris Café.

Tune in to the live runway show tonight at 7pm EST on Louis Vuitton’s website.

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