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Discover Fashion’s Impact

(Left) Bill Blass, red cashmere cardigan and red silk satin long skirt, 1984, USA.

(Right) Narciso Rodriguez, embroidered silk dress worn by Michelle Obama on election night 2008, Spring 2009, USA.

If you love the fashions of the past half century, then a new exhibit organized by the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) may be right up your alley.

“Impact: Fifty Years of the CFDA” opens February 10 at the Museum at FIT. The exhibition celebrates the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and those of its members who have had the greatest impact on fashion.

One hundred garments and accessories designed by CFDA designers over the past 50 years will be displayed, along with visuals of the nearly 600 designers who have been CFDA members during that period. Each of the designers featured in the exhibition (if still living) has selected one object or ensemble that best represents his or her impact on the fashion world. Exhibition curators selected works by deceased CFDA designers. Featured designers include Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass, Halston, Norman Norell, Pauline Trigere, Oscar de la Renta, James Galanos, Diane von Furstenburg, Isabel Toledo, Rodarte, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Tom Ford, Bob Mackie, and many others.

The exhibition also marks the CFDA’s 50th anniversary in 2012. It runs through April 20, 2012. If you can’t visit the Museum at FIT in New York City, check the museum’s website for details on the exhibition’s featured garments and accessories. www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

Do you love contemporary fashion? Which fashion era from the past 50 years do you prefer? Which fashion designer from the past 50 years to the present most inspires you?


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    2tango | | #1

    Must go to New York!!!

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    LuvThreadsMagazine | | #2

    It may be time for a road trip.

  3. Ikebana152 | | #3

    The exhibit is lovely, starting alphabetically with Azzadine Alaia, moving through, Balenciaga, Chanel, etc. The Isabel Toledo dress is lovely, but not really representative of her signature style. There is a video presentation of past exhibits which is well worth watching. There is no entrance fee which means you can stroll over to a Payless and pick up a pair of Isabel Toledo shoes afterward..:)

    If you are out for the day, take in the hat exhibit at Bard for $7. Also lovely is the exhibit at the Queen Sofia Institute. Traditional Spanish regional dress from the paintings of Sorolla culminating in a display on the top floor of Spanish inspired gowns by de la Renta, Lacroix, and Ralph Lauren. Curated by Andre Talley and chairman Oscar de la Renta it's a bargain for its $15 entrance fee.

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