Impact: 50 Years of the CFDA Exhibition
Upon entering the The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the city’s sole exhibition gallery dedicated to the art of fashion, you will find towering walls befitted with some of the most remarkable creations derived from American Designers over the past half-century. The display is all part of ‘Impact: Fifty Years of the CFDA, which celebrates the Council of Fashion Designer of America, the leading fashion trade organization in the United States. The exhibition features 100 garments and accessories and each living designer highlighted has selected an ensemble of their own creation that represents his/her impact on the fashion world. Whatever catches your eye first be it Diane Von Furstenberg’s leopard wrap dress circa 1974 or Thom Browne’s pheasant feather suit from his Mens F/W 2008/2009 collection, it is apparent that you are in the presence of milestone pieces of American fashion.
“American designers have always had impact on how people dress.” said Diane Von Furstenberg, CFDA president. “In honor of that creativity and in celebration of the CFDA’s 50th Anniversary, we are proud to present , in partnership with The Museum at FIT, an exhibit that represents the tremendous work of our members for the last five decades. ‘Impact’ was the one word that came to mind immediately-it is so strong and defining of our individual and collective influence that we knew right away that our exhibit would be called Impact: 50 Years of the CFDA.”
Organized thematically, the broad spectrum of work is certainly the exhibits best feature. From casual wear to extravagant couture, the collection of pieces is exemplary of the evolution of American style through the latter half of the 20th century. There’s a genre of wear for everyone from the the cutting edge ensembles from modern designers such as Marc Jacobs and Rick Owens to the resplendent gowns of Oscar de la Renta and Caroline Herrera.
Among the additional designers included in the exhibition are Donna Karen, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Halston, Norman Norell, Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass, Bob Mackie, Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, Marchesa and more!
An ode to the most illustrious efforts of CFDA members, the exhibition is absolutely a must-see. Alas, if you aren’t able to visit the museum to view Impact: 50 Years of the CFDA in person, there’s a book which has been released of the same title which is a companion to the exhibition, complete with photographs of all the garments & accessories. In addition to the photographic magnificence, there is are insightful and reflective essays authored by CFDA designers as well as fashion taste makers such as Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley.
Having the privilege to attend the preview of the exhibition not only meant being in the presence of some of the most iconic pieces of American design, but also rubbing shoulders with the designers themselves. I truly believe only the CFDA could bring all these fashion legends together in one room.
The exhibition is on view at The Museum of FIT from February 10 – April 17, 2012 and the book is available online here.
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