Getting the Look

Between 1968 and 1986, iconic actress Lauren Bacall, who died in 2014, donated 700 of her garments to The Museum at FIT. This spring, the graduating class in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice MA program presented Lauren Bacall: The Look, an exhibition exploring her career and style.

“She was relaxed and direct, with an implied sex appeal, and these characteristics were expressed in her personal style,” Christina Frank ’15 explained. “Her wardrobe featured impeccable tailoring, menswear-inspired looks, and effortless dresses with just the right amount of glamour.”

To show off her trademark look of ease and self-confidence, the students paired photographs and film clips with a dozen garments, including a vivid pink wool coat by Norman Norell that Bacall wore in the 1964 film Sex and the Single Girl, a Pierre Cardin minidress, and a Christian Dior evening gown she wore in the 1968 CBS tele-
vision special Bacall and the Boys.

greyline2Featured Photos (top): A Norman Norell pink wool coat and two-piece dress, which Bacall wore in the 1964 film Sex and the Single Girl.