IMPACT: 50 Years of the Council of Fashion Designers of America

Jan 29 - Apr 21, 2013
Boca Raton Museum of Art

IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA is the first museum exhibition to celebrate the quintessentially American artistry of the leading fashion trade organization in the United States. Spearheaded by Council president, Diane von Furstenberg, the exhibition includes garments and accessories by the most impactful creators of the last fifty years.

Featured in the exhibition are interactive touchscreen displays that illustrate a timeline of American fashion and recognize the nearly 600 designers who have been members of the CFDA over the last five decades. Each living designer selected to participate in the exhibition has chosen a single object or ensemble that best represents his or her impact on the fashion world.

Work by historical CFDA members have been selected by exhibition curators, Patricia Mears, deputy director of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, and Fred Dennis, the FIT museum’s senior curator.

Among the designers included in the exhibition are Geoffrey Beene, Michael Kors, Coach, Donna Karan, Norma Kamali, Francisco Costa / Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Kenneth Cole, Diane von Furstenberg, and Thakoon.

Sponsored in part by: Neiman Marcus, City of Boca Raton and Van Cleef & Arpels

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IMPACT: 50 Years of the Council of Fashion Designers of America

Oscar De La Renta, spring 2012, USA, Photograph MFIT / CFDA

IMPACT: 50 Years of the Council of Fashion Designers of America

Norma Kamali, black parachute cloth and feather jacket, skirt, and turban, 2011, USA, Photograph MFIT / CFDA       

IMPACT: 50 Years of the Council of Fashion Designers of America

Michael Kors, cashmere sweatshirt, hemp crystal beaded pajama pant, leather belt, and platform sandal, spring 2011, USA, Photograph MFIT / CFDA