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The 2008 Femmy Awards marked the 50th anniversary of the industry organization’s annual cocktail and dinner gala, which drew about 630 retail and innerwear executives.

This story first appeared in the March 3, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

The honorees were William T. Dillard 3rd, vice president of accessories, intimate apparel and shoes at Dillard’s Inc.; Helen McCluskey, president of the Intimate Apparel and Swimwear Group at Warnaco Inc.; model Elle Macpherson of Elle Macpherson Intimates, and Cotton Inc., for which president and chief executive officer J. Berrye Worsham accepted the award. The Innovation Award was presented to Stretchline Holdings. The Student Design Contest Sponsor was Calvin Klein Underwear.

The event, staged by the Underfashion Club on Feb. 5 at Cipriani on 42nd Street in New York, was hosted by actress Debi Mazar, known for her roles in the film “Goodfellas” and the HBO comedy “Entourage.”

Dillard praised the department store chain’s entire intimate apparel team.

“We at Dillard’s have a vision for a very special intimate apparel department that, first and foremost, will be filled with great intimate apparel products designed by forward people,” he said, adding that the department’s “environment will be simple and innovative with a staff of people who can put a customer into the right size bra.”

Worsham, a big fan of the Sixties TV spy sitcom “Get Smart,” was introduced by his friend Barbara Feldon, who co-starred as Agent 99.

Macpherson, who was also being honored for her contributions to the lingerie industry, was introduced by former husband Gilles Bensimon, a fashion photographer and creative director of Elle magazine.

“We were married and that’s what I have to say about that,” Bensimon told the stunned audience. Mazar quickly intervened and said, “You’re supposed to introduce her and give her the award.”