BOCA Museum of Art Presents – IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA

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

The Boca Museum of Art presents IMPACT: 50 Years of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The exhibition first presented last year at The Museum at FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, is the first 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 designers of the last fifty years.

NORMA KAMALI, black parachute cloth and feather jacket, skirt, and turban, 2011, USA, Photograph MFIT / CFDA
NORMA KAMALI, black parachute cloth and feather jacket, skirt, and turban, 2011, USA, Photograph MFIT / CFDA

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 chose a single look or ensemble that best represents his or her impact on the fashion world.

OSCAR DE LA RENTA, spring 2012, USA, Photograph MFIT / CFDA
OSCAR DE LA RENTA, spring 2012, USA, Photograph MFIT / CFDA

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

THOM BROWNE, pheasant feather/wool suit and grey felted fur bowler hat, fall/winter 2008-2009, USA, Photograph MFIT / CFDA
THOM BROWNE, pheasant feather/wool suit and grey felted fur bowler hat, fall/winter 2008-2009, USA, Photograph MFIT / CFDA

Among the designers included in the exhibition are Geoffrey Beene, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Halton, Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, Francisco Costa/Calvin Klein, Thom Browne, Norma Kamali, Thakoon, Coach and Kenneth Cole.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by Neiman Marcus and Van Cleef & Arpels and is currently on display thru April 21, 2013. For more information www.bocamuseum.org

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