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

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Black Parachute Cloth And Feather Jacket, Skirt, And Turban © Photograph MFIT/CFDA
IMPACT: 50 Years of the Council of Fashion Designers of America

501 Plaza Real
in Mizner Park
33432 Boca Raton

January 29th, 2013 - April 21st, 2013

Other (outside areas listed)
Tue-Wed, Fri 10-5; Thu 10-8; Sat-Sun 12-5
Art/Fashion/Culture, fashion, textiles


The season spotlight at the Boca Raton Museum of Art is an ode to the illustrious designs created by members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

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, on view from January 29 through April 21, 2013.

Featured in the exhibition are projected images and interactive displays recognizing 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 in New York, and Fred Dennis, the museum’s senior curator.

Among the designers included in the exhibition are Alexander Wang, Bob Mackie, Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Judith Leiber, Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Narciso Rodriguez, Nicole Miller, Norma Kamali, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Rick Owens, Thakoon, Vera Wang, and Zac Posen.

To coincide with IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA, the Boca Raton Museum of Art will host a black-tie gala on January 26, 2013. Art and fashion devotees will experience an elegant cocktail of food, fashion, and entertainment. Visit: for more information.