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Kate Winslet Checks Out 'Impact: 50 Years of the CFDA' Gala

Posted Thursday February 9, 2012 11:42 PM GMT

Held as part of the New York Fashion Week festivities, the exhibition opening night gala for 'Impact: 50 Years of the CFDA' was the place to be in New York City on Thursday night (February 9).

Held at The Fashion Institute of Technology, stars such as Kate Winslet, Rachel Roy and Catherine Malandrino shuffled inside to get an early preview of the Council of Fashion Designers of America creation.

As for what's on display, the exhibit was put together as the CFDA asked all members - which includes numerous top name designers and celebrities - to craft personal "impact statements" and submit outfits and pictures representing their unique style.

Along with the exhibit, the CFDA milestone has also been marked with a multimedia display and a companion book featuring the works of 450 fashion designers including Diane von Furstenberg.

In the literary offering, Diane penned, "There is something magical about the way this group was founded back in 1962, in a small room off of Seventh Avenue. It was the brain trust of 20 passionate designers who were motivated to create a safe haven for the members of their community. They sought to protect and promote their own. Nearly half a century later, through triumphs and failures, with businesses made and broken, that small assemblage has evolved into a modern family of over 400 members."

Enjoy the pictures from the exhibition opening night gala for 'Impact: 50 Years of the CFDA' (February 9).