New York Fashion Week is all about designers showcasing their newest collections. As we speak, models are walking the runways in the styles, colours and silhouettes that we’ll be seeing in retail stores this Autumn. Most designers create at least two full collections a year, with clothes going into production three to six months before they hit stores. So constantly looking ahead is the name of the game when you are in the rag trade.

Fashion shows usually last around ten minutes, yet many catwalk looks have become legendary. Looking back, we all undoubtedly have our own favourites, but do you ever wonder what the designers themselves consider to be the absolute highlights? What they would like to be remembered for? In IMPACT – 50 Years of the CFDA over three hundred designers are asked precisely that question: “What is your biggest impact on American fashion?” With this book the Council of Fashion Designers of America celebrates its 50th anniversary. The accompanying IMPACT exhibition – presenting accessories and garments personally selected by the participating designers – opens today at The Museum at FIT. 

Which catwalk moments have stayed with you over the years?

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