Voyage – The 2023 Fleurs de Villes Event at Hudson Yards

Floral Mannequins in the corridors of the Shops at Hudson Yards for Fleur De Villes

Fall is the season for the annual Fleurs de Villes event at Hudson Yards, which is a floral extravaganza in the heart of New York City.  In 2023, the theme of the event is Voyage, and it is a journey through some of the most well known global destinations in the world as expressed through 15 floral mannequins that are over 10 feet tall each. The flowers and accessories used to represent each of the countries and their cultures are truly exquisite, varied, skillful and thoughtful in their representation.

Spanning from Brazil to India and China, the floral mannequins are all spectacular installations that celebrate the cultures, people, and landscapes of various destinations.  Located at The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards, the event runs from 6th to 15th October, 2023, and is open to the public in the heart of Hudson Yards.

I had the opportunity to visit the 2022 exhibit titled Femmes which celebrated Significant Women through the ages, and the 2023 event is a worthy successor with it celebrating global countries and their cultures. It is a great continuation to all the great floral celebrations in New York City, including the Fifth Avenue Blooms, Easter Parade, the L.E.A.F. Flower Show and Macy’s Flower Show among others.

Voyage – the 2023 Fleurs De Villes Event

Fleurs de Villes Voyage is a curated floral show featuring over 10 feet tall floral mannequins that showcase a cultural journey of storytelling. It combines the love of flowers, local design talent, and bespoke, unique displays of floral sculptures inspired by iconic global destinations. The show takes place at The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards and runs from October 6, 2023, to October 15, 2023.

Each floral sculpture is truly a feast for the senses, and a remarkable interpretation of the dresses of the countries they represent. From the intricate floral headdresses to the delicate flower arrangements that adorned the mannequins’ dresses, it was amazing to see how every detail was carefully crafted to create a stunning visual experience.

Whistler, Canada

The floral mannequin for Whistler, Canada is representative of the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, which are a haven for skiers and snowboarders. As a premier winter destination that attracts visitors from across the world, Whistler even hosted the Winter Olympics in 2010.

Ghana, West Africa

The floral mannequin for Ghana, West Africa, is representative of the traditional Kente Cloth which is a prominent symbol of its history. Kente, which is a vibrant and intricately woven fabric, was initially worn by royalty and aristocracy, and has evolved into a cherished cultural expression for all Ghanians.


The floral mannequin from Japan is wearing an exquisite kimono, which is a representation of the Furisode dress from Kyoto.

Puerto Rico

The floral mannequin for Puerto Rico is a representation of the bold colors of the Puerto Rican flag, the beauty of its coral reefs, and the mystique of its Vejigante mask, all coming together to celebrate its rich heritage.


The floral mannequin depicting Spain is the representation of the famous painting ‘Mujer y Pajaro’, depicting a matador while bullfighting, cape and all.

Paris, France

The floral mannequin for Paris, France reflects the city’s fashion culture, which is a blend of innovation and tradition that influences and leads in the world.


The floral mannequin for India celebrates the saree, which is a graceful garment whose history dates back to thousands of years.


Scotland is characterized by a the floral mannequin of a bagpiper dressed in traditional Highland attire, bagpipes and all. He is set within a floral bottle of Hendricks gin, which is distilled and bottled in Scotland.


The floral mannequin for Brazil takes us right to the Brazilian Carnival with its burst of color, looking like it ready to step off the pedestal and party.


The floral mannequin for Italy is a reflection of its architectural history and artistry, specifically the Rialto Bridge in Venice, with the mannequin ready to step into a masked ball.


The floral mannequin for China celebrates its Lantern Festival, or Yuan Xiao Festival, marking the end of the Chinese New Year festivities, and a reflection of China’s rich heritage and enduring focus on family ties.


The floral mannequin for Australia, or the land down under, is a continent full of natural wonders and vibrant cities, and showcases a dynamic urban and active lifestyle.


The floral mannequin representing Mexico is a reflection of the Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, which honors deceased loved ones, showcasing the deep connection to their ancestors.


Bermuda’s floral mannequin celebrates its beautiful sandy beaches and island vibe, bringing to life the history and its picturesque landscape.

Closing Thoughts

The 2023 Fleurs des Villes event in Hudson Yards, titled Voyage, is a journey through various countries and continents, as highlighted through stunning floral mannequins. This event runs from 6th October, 2023 through 15th October 2023 at The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards, and is free for everyone to attend. It is a visual feast that is a must see if you are in New York.

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