IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA

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Harry N. Abrams, Feb 1, 2012 - Design - 304 pages

IMPACT is the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, exploring the influence of the careers of America's most influential designers over the last five decades. Anchored by Patricia Mears's illuminating essay on the history of the CFDA, this book incorporates over 300 personal Impact statements from the most important names in American fashion, including Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Ralph Lauren, Proenza Schouler, and Donna Karan. Illustrated with many never-before-seen images, this is the ultimate fashion who's who and a celebration of this important fashion organiza­tion. Accompanied by elegant images of these career-changing moments, this book is the definitive word on the voice of American fashion.

Praise for IMPACT:

“The book is sweeping in its scope—a chronicle of personal remembrance and passionate history. For readers, it's a chance to peak into ateliers and accounting offices, to get a sense of the egos and the insecurities of the biggest names in the industry.” —Newsweek

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About the author (2012)

Cathy Horyn is an American fashion journalist, working as a critic for The New York Times where she also keeps a highly noted blog called "Cn The Runway." During the course of her career, Cathy has worked for, among others, Vanity Fair, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Diane von Furstenberg a Belgian-born fashion designer began designing women's clothes in 1970. She is best known for introducing the knitted jersey "wrap-dress" in 1973, an example of which, for its influence on women's fashion, is in the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2005, the CFDA awarded her a lifetime achievement award and the following year named her president. Patricia Mears is deputy director at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is the author to many books, including; Madame Gras: Spinx of Fashion, American Beauty: Aesthetics and lnnocation in Fashion, Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fahsion and co-author to many other titles.

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