FIT Honors Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall, who sadly passed away last week at the ripe old age of 89, was a woman who will forever be remembered as the essence of class, glamour, and chic. Her memory, already preserved in the legacy of classic films like The Big Sleep and To Have and Have Not, will continue to be enshrined in an upcoming exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

The exhibit is set to open this spring, and it will focus on her wardrobe during the 1950’s and 60’s, a time when Bacall was already a well-established star in the Hollywood stratosphere. In particular, the exhibit will showcase outfits by some of Bacall’s favorite designers, including Yves Saint Laurent, Norman Norell, and Pierre Cardin.

In an odd twist of fate and timing, this exhibition was already in the works before Ms. Bacall left us, and she had donated a huge portion of her personal wardrobe to FIT earlier this year. According to New York Magazine, she had but one request: “Make it high quality—Diana Vreeland style.” In light of the past week’s events, it seems safe to assume that her wishes will be granted ten times over.

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