Monday, March 26, 2012
IMPACT: Luis Estevez
Won’t you join me for margaritas on the lawn to celebrate my daughter getting a kindergarten spot at our local public school?
I will be wearing this gorgeous 1955 Luis Estévez gown, now on view at The Museum at FIT as part of the exhibit IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA. Mr. Estévez is a Cuban-born designer whose early career stints in fashion included time as a window dresser at the famous New York Department store Lord & Taylor, an apprenticeship at Jean Patou in Paris, and designing milliner Lilly Daché’s first dress collection. Estévez launched his original ready-to-wear under his own label in 1955 and a year later, at 26, became the youngest designer to win the prestigious Coty Award, an award created in 1942 to promote and celebrate American fashion.
Mr. Estévez, known as the “Neckline King” for his signature sculpted necklines, specialized in evening and cocktail wear, and was one of the 20 founders of the CFDA.
I’m pretty sure Mr. Estévez would want me to wear this lovely gown to celebrate my sweet girl getting one of the coveted kindergarten spots!
I love that the curators have the matching wrap trailing behind the dress. So dramatic and wonderful! Also note the hall of fabulous dresses. Just seeing it makes me happy.
Impact: 50 Years of the CFDA is on view through April 17, 2012.
The Museum at FIT
Seventh Avenue and 27th Street
New York NY 10001-5992
Hours: Tuesday-Friday: Noon-8PM
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and legal holidays
Admission is free