By  on February 8, 2012

NEW YORK — Fifty years ago, the Council of Fashion Designers of America gave a platform and voice to U.S. designers who had largely worked for manufacturers and had little fashion authority, let alone name recognition.

“Impact: Fifty Years of the CFDA,” which opens to the public at The Museum at FIT Friday, showcases just how much things have changed since Eleanor Lambert founded the group in 1962. The exhibition — a collaboration between the museum and the CFDA — doesn’t only celebrate the organization’s milestone; the 70 garments plus a smattering of accessories on display also showcase how American style came into its own during the half-century.

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