NYC Museum Plans Lauren Bacall Exhibition

Lauren Bacall

The recent death of screen siren Lauren Bacall has inspired a flurry of interest in both her extraordinary life and her impeccable grace and easy sense of style. Before her death, she donated about 700 garments to the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). According to Racked, she confessed to curator Valerie Steele that she would be open to doing an exhibition of the pieces, “as long as it’s high-quality, Diana Vreeland-style.”

A dress from Bacall's closet that was made entirely of hand-sewn sequins. Photo: AP Photo/Museum at FIT

A dress from Bacall’s closet that was made entirely of hand-sewn sequins.
Photo: AP Photo/Museum at FIT.

While exact dates have not been announced, the show is slated to take place in the spring of 2015. It will focus largely on her fashions from the 1950s and 60s, when her career was at its peak. Her simple, effortlessly glamorous look is one that continues to inspire designers and fashionistas of today, and the exhibition will surely only fuel further emulation.

“The clothes are so simple and so chic, and they still feel today so relevant. They feel like clothes you kind of want to wear,” designer Peter Som told the AP. “It’s like she never was trying too hard and I think that sometimes is the most difficult thing to achieve.”


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