Eleanor Lambert starts the Council of Fashion Designers of America, rallying a group of designers behind her—including Bill Blass, Donald Brooks, Rudi Gernreich, Norman Norell, Arnold Scaasi and Pauline Trigere—to “further the position of fashion design as a recognized branch of American art and culture” and “to advance its artistic and professional needs.”

Lambert was responding to the call of Sen. Claiborne Pell, chairman of a special subcommittee on the arts of the Committee on Public Welfare, and Sen. Jacob K. Javits, who had invited the fashion publicist to attend an open hearing on the establishment of an arts council in Washington.

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