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A Traina-Norell evening set: gold-sequined silk-jersey sheath dress and camel cashmere coat with sequined lining, c. 1958, USA, gift of Lauren Bacall. Photograph courtesy of the Museum at FIT.
A Halston evening dress in red silk crepe, c. 1976, USA, gift of Celanese. Photograph courtesy of the Museum at FIT.
Made entirely of feathers, this pantsuit (fall/winter 2008-2009) embodies the theme of the exhibit. Photograph courtesy of the Museum at FIT.
A Rudi Gernreich wool knit minidress, 1963, USA, gift of Ruth Deardoff. Photograph courtesy of the Museum at FIT.
A Geoffrey Beene rayon-and-silk gown with metallic trim, spring 1990, USA, lent by the Geoffrey Beene Foundation. Photograph courtesy of the Museum at FIT.
A Pauline Trigère black-and-white cotton cloqué, dress, and coat, c. 1964, USA, collection of Beverley Birks. Photograph by William Palmer.
A Norma Kamali black parachute-cloth-and-feather jacket, skirt and turban, c. 2011, USA, lent by Norma Kamali. Photograph courtesy of the Museum at FIT.
If you've never visited the Museum at F.I.T., now's the time: A new exhibit celebrating the CFDA's 50th anniversary may be its most dazzling fashion display to date.
Founded in 1962, the Council of Fashion Designers of America consists of 400 U.S. designers who, among other initiatives, provide professional opportunities for new talents and sponsor Fashion's Night Out.
"Impact: 50 Years at the CFDA"--the first exhibit to commemorate the council--showcases iconic American looks, including a preppy cashmere sweatshirt and beaded pajama pants by Michael Kors and a disco-era Halston number. Also on display are a Traina-Norell sequined sheath dress made for Lauren Bacall in 1958 and the silk Narciso Rodriguez gown Michelle Obama wore on election night in '08.
A sweeping companion book chronicles 50 years of era-defining fashion, from DVF's first wrap dress to Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's wedding gown. Aside from the 500 pages of illustrious clothing, the bright-pink cover alone makes it the most stylish tome on our shelf.
"Impact: 50 Years at the CFDA" is on display through April 17 at the Museum of F.I.T., Seventh Ave. at 27th St.; 212-217-4532 or fitnyc.edu. Admission is free.
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