Throughout the exhibition, guests will be guided by MFIT deputy director and IMPACT exhibition co-curator Patricia Mears.
DEPESHA private tour of IMPACT will be followed by a 25-guests dinner to raise funds in support of the Hermitage Museum Foundation's (HMF) "Art from America" Project, and to raise a toast for DEPESHA's guest of honor American designer Thom Browne, who will showcase his Fall/Winter 2012-13 collection as part of the upcoming American Program, organized by DEPESHA at Aurora Fashion Week April 2012 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Dinner will be held at 8:30 PM at MPD, a fine French restaurant in NYC's Meatpacking district across from the Highline (73 Gansevoort St. @ Washington St); dinner will be a special pre-fixe menu, with wine and cocktails options. Half of all dinner ticket sales will be donated to the Hermitage Museum Foundation.
Only a limited number of tickets are available for this dinner, private tour, and opportunity to speak with the exhibition's co-curator.
About the exhibition:
Among the designers included in the exhibition are Halston, Norman Norell, Pauline Trigère, Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass, Rudi Gernreich, Bob Mackie, James Galanos, Diane von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Isabel Toledo, Rodarte, and Proenza Schouler. The exhibition is organized thematically to illuminate the broad spectrum of American creativity, from functional sportswear to couture-quality evening wear.
“American designers have always had impact on how people dress,” said CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg. “In honor of that creativity and in celebration of the CFDA’s 50th anniversary, we are proud to present, in partnership with The Museum at FIT, an exhibit that represents the tremendous work of our members for the last five decades. ‘Impact’ was the one word that came to mind immediately – it is so strong and defining of our individual and collective influence that we knew right away that our exhibit would be called IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA.”
Images Courtesy of the Museum at FIT.
About the Hermitage Museum Foundation:
The Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA), Inc. (HMF) supports the State Hermitage Museum’s collections, as well as its artistic and educational missions. Through fundraising efforts, the HMF sponsors restorations, exhibitions of American art, private curatorial tours, member trips, concerts, film screenings, and lectures. It works closely with other foundations, museums, and businesses in the United States supporting the Hermitage Museum and advancing Russian-American cultural diplomacy.
About "Art from America" Project:
Initiated by the Hermitage Museum Foundation, "Art from America" is a campaign designed to expand the Hermitage's sparse holdings of post-war American art. By celebrating American and Russian-born artists in the United States at its annual Hermitage Dinner in New York, this cultural diplomacy has expanded awareness of the dynamic developments taking place at the Museum in anticipation of the 250th anniversary of its founding by Catherine the Great in 1764. For the first time, working alongside the nation's most important artists, top collectors, and cultural institutions, "Art from America" provides the opportunity to create a well-deserved and major presence of American art within the Hermitage's vast collections.
DEPESHA is a leading Russian expatriate culture magazine at the intersection of fashion, arts, and literature. Available in print, digitally on iPad and iPhone, and updated continuously online at http://depesha.com.