An exhibition compiled by the Council of Fashion Designers of America opened in New York this week with a celebrity-studded gala event. Launched as part of New York’s upcoming Fashion Week, ‘Impact: 50 Years of the CFDA’ is being held at the The Fashion Institute of Technology and features a wide range exhibits; everything from the clothes themselves to items and pictures which inspired designers or which represent their own personal style.
The exhibition also features a multi-media presentation and fashion fans can buy the 450-page catalogue, which features contributions from influential designers like Diane von Furstenberg.
With New York Fashion Week not far away, celebrities are already starting to arrive in the Big Apple and the opening night gala for ‘Impact: 50 Years of the CFDA’ was attended by big names from the world of fashion, such as Catherine Malandrino and Rachel Roy, while Hollywood was also represented by style icons like actress Kate Winslet.
The CFDA asked all its members, past and present, to contribute to the exhibition, so that the items on show are truly a representation of fashion over the last half century. Each “personal statement” includes exhibits which have inspired some of the top designers in the world, while many have also donated examples of their work for the exhibition.