Fashion Institute of Technology is set to open an exhibition on Lauren Bacall’s style featuring hundreds of her personal garments next year in New York.
The exhibition will focus on five designers that helped define Bacall’s memorable grown up style on the Fifties and Sixties, which will endure long after her death. The clothes she donated include designers Yves Saint Laurent, Norm Norell, Marc Bohan for Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, and Ungaro.
Bacall, who died on Tuesday at 89, was the model turned actress who became a style icon during Hollywood’s golden age.
She had a timeless sophistication; her style was a mix of classic feminity and more androgynous pieces. What made her stand out was the inherent sense of style; she didn’t wear obviously sexy clothes but would instead stick to tailored blazers and silky blouses.
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Lauren Bacall in 1950's
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American actress Lauren Bacall wearing an all wool suit designed by Leah Rhodes in December 1946
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The late American actress Lauren Bacall in 1954
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American actress Lauren Bacall in 1951
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Lauren Bacall at her home in New York in 1965
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Lauren Bacall in 1945
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Lauren Bacall as a fashion model in 1944
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Film stars Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe share a joke on 4 March 1954
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Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe and Lauren Bacall as Vivian Rutledge in 'The Big Sleep', 1946
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American model, theatre and film actress Lauren Bacall on 1 January 1954
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She began her golden career as a model at the age of 16 – she had a striking face, hypnotising eyes, glossy hair and a enviable curves. Her silhouette was ideal for the draped gowns and nipped-in waists that were so prevalent at that time.
She became good friends with Yves Saint Laurent and other defining designers from the Forties and Fifties like Norm Norell and Ralph Lauren.
Following the news of her death, Ralph Lauren said: “Lauren Bacall had a kind of legendary glamour that was all about who she was - beautiful, bold and independent.”
"Lauren Bacall had a kind of legendary glamour that was all about who she was - beautiful, bold and independent"-RL pic.twitter.com/fGo6n9lWf6— Ralph Lauren (@RalphLauren) August 13, 2014
American fashion designer Peter Som said: "She really epitomized this idea of effortlessness. It's like she never was trying too hard and I think that sometimes is the most difficult thing to achieve.
"The clothes [on Bacall] are so simple and so chic, and they still feel today so relevant. They feel like clothes you kind of want to wear."
Designer Isaac Mizrahi described Bacall to InStyle magazine in 2001 as “a smart Jewish girl from the Bronx who knew Norell as well as Loehmann’s”. He said: “She’s our reference for what smart looks like.”
She was the opposite of her fellow star and icon, Marilyn Monroe, and yet still sexy.
At present there are no plans for the Victoria and Albert museum to holda Lauren Bacall exhibition.
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