|The beautiful Lauren Bacall. Photo from Doctor Macro.|
It’s not often that I will write to say if you get a chance to see a certain dress you should go see it, but that is how much I love the 1958 Norman Norell creation that is on view for just a month at The Museum at FIT as part of the mini-exhibit Lauren Bacall: The Look.
This is one of my favorite ensembles that I have ever seen and at this point I have seen quite a few! It is made of camel cashmere, silk jersey, and gold sequins and the coat is lined in sequins. Talk about the glam factor! I can absolutely see the sultry screen legend Lauren Bacall, with those amazing eyes and that dark gold hair wearing this outfit and looking like a million dollars. It was called the “subway coat” because you could close it up and wear it on the subway and no one would know of the sparkle underneath. Hey, that’s my kind of secret, I hate being super dressed up on the train!
|Traina-Norell evening set, 1958. Photo courtesy of The Museum at FIT.|
|My photo of it from IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA, 2012.|
|At her wedding to Humphrey Bogart, May 21, 1945. Photo from Doctor Macro.|
There will be just 12 ensembles on display of Ms. Bacall’s, who gave a collection of 700 items to FIT, in 22 gifts bestowed to the museum between 1968 and 1986.
|At the premiere of How to Marry a Millionaire, 1953. Photo from Doctor Macro.|
The photo above is from the 1953 premiere of How to Marry a Millionaire. Bacall is probably wearing a Norman Norell gown. The man was a genius with sequins, let me tell you! In case you’re wondering, the man standing between Lauren and Marilyn Monroe is Nunnally Johnson, who wrote the screenplay for the movie.
|The blue Halston dress from 1972 was owned by Lauren Bacall. I can imagine her in it!|
Ms. Bacall, who died last August just short of her 90th birthday, was also a devotee of both Halston and Yves Saint Laurent, so if you don’t catch the exhibit devoted to her, head next door to the show YSL + Halston: Fashioning the 1970s because there are several items on display that she also owned.
Ms. Bacall’s style was both simple and chic and suited her so well. It seems to me she appreciated both the slink factor and sequins and was going for a long, lean look, so how could I not love her style? Those are all the things I adore as well!
|The 1971 YSL purple print dress on the left was also owned by Ms. Bacall.|
|A 1969 YSL dress of silk organza, sequins, and beads. Photo by Eileen Costa/MFIT.|
|Amazing details by Norman Norell. Photo courtesy of The Museum at FIT.|
Lauren Bacall: The Look is on display until April 4, 2015.
The Museum at FIT
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New York NY 10001-5992
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Admission is free