Admirers of Bacall's effortless style can say a final farewell to the actress at her FIT exhibition next spring.
Lauren Bacall, the Hollywood icon, who died this week at the age of 89, will receive a glamorous, comprehensive exhibition of her style through the years. Next spring, The Museum at FIT, in cooperation with students learning how to curate, will put on focused on five designers who helped define Bacall's personal style, her classic, seductive looks and subtle masculine energy.
Bacall defined a unique, smart and sensual style in the mid-20th century.
The exhibition will Bacall’s fashion favorites – Ives Saint Laurent and Norman Norell gowns, the kind of pieces the actress wore with grace and confidence.
"She really epitomized this idea of effortlessness. It's like she never was trying too hard and I think that sometimes is the most difficult thing to achieve," said designer Peter Som for CBS. “That gaze, the voice, the hair. It was just that confidence. That was something that I think men and women alike could relate to.”
"She was the opposite of Marilyn Monroe's overt sexuality, yet she still oozed sensuality out of every pore," he said. "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."
The exhibit will feature some of Bacall’s looks from the 1950s and 60s. Alongside Norell and YSL, visitors will also be able to see some of the clothes the actress donated from Marc Bohan for Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin and Ungaro.
The exhibition will feature five of Bacall's go-to designers.