The CFDA’s Impact, Fifty Years Later

From its inception in 1962, The Council of Fashion Designers of America has played an integral role in the exposure, promotion and subsequent success of fashion designers in the United States.

The fashion trade organization grew from the need for respect and recognition for American designers and in its five decades, it has come to be one of the greatest influences in fashion worldwide.

In the last fifty years, the council’s membership has been comprised of America’s most prominent fashion creatives–legendary and founding member, Bill Blass, Tommy Hilfiger and Tom Ford to name a few. In the last decade alone, their support has jump-started the careers of many now-popular designers like Proenza Schouler, Doo.ri, and Alexander Wang.

Beyond the promotion of designers, the organization is passionate about the advancement of the arts. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, a grant for the development of a fashion brand, is awarded to one promising designer a year. This endorsement is often the turning point in an emerging designer’s career.

In celebration of the council’s 50th anniversary, current CFDA President Dianne von Furstenberg has collaborated with The Fashion Institute of Technology on Impact: Fifty Years of the CFDA, an exhibition celebrating half a century of influential American fashion. The show is comprised of a select 100 garments and accessories from the council’s almost-600 designer members.

Impact was conceived as a celebration of American designers’ contributions to fashion in a formerly Paris-centric industry. The designers featured include Ralph Lauren, Halston, Donna Karan, Rodarte, Bob Mackie and Marc Jacobs.

If you have the chance, we recommend checking out this historic retrospective. In the last fifty years, the CFDA has been responsible for so much beauty, creativity and impact– this show is sure to inspire.

If you go: The Museum at FIT, February 10 – April 20
227 West 27th Street New York, NY 10001

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