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
Saturday: 10AM-5PM
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and legal holidays
Admission is free


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Jill, Congratulations...I am so glad she got in! Our school runs a waiting list in Pk and K so I know the anxiety it can bring. I LOVE this dress and think it would be so marketable I would love to go to a Fiesta event in SA wearing this! WOW..its a statement.
Please stop by and register to win the $100 gift card I am giving away this week! Have a great won..and celebrate on...


I am so glad for you that your daughter got in the place you wanted her to be. I know how important it is.
Gorgeous Estevez. I bet you would look divine in one of them.

Adrienne Shubin said...

That is great news about your daughter and I think this gorgeous dress would be the perfect frock to wear for a little celebration!
xo, A

Serene McEntyre said...

WOO HOOO!!!! Congratulations about your girly getting into her kindergarten of choice! That's FABULOUS!!! I'm all for you wearing this's sooooo beautiful! I had noever heard of Estevez and now I'm wondering how that could be? I think it would look lovely on you! Big hugs to you and your daughter!!! ~Serene

Anonymous said...

that neckline is fabulous and of course, I'll come to a margarita party, if you will drive me home after. Congrats to the kindergartener!

jill815 said...

Hi Pam, I'm so with you, this dress would look fantastic on Riverwalk! And I didn't realize so many people everywhere are having the stress of children on waitlists for pre-k and k, and in our case I'm talking about a public school, not some fancy private school! XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Sacramento, I am just learning about Luis Estevez and now hope to see more of his work. XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Adrienne my dear, I'll wear the Estevez if you'll wear the Mackie! XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Serene! I had never heard of Luis Estevez either and this is why I love these exhibits at FIT--they give me the opportunity to learn about designers I'm not familiar with and share what I find out!

Did you get your Nine West shoes? I hope so. You need them in your closet! XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Terri, I would so love to have a margarita with you! And I'm very excited about my girl being in kindergarten this fall and then I'm filled with panic--oh yeah, now I need to start figuring out other parts of my life, like, hello, a career of some sort? XO, Jill