DEPESHA is hosting a private tour of IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA exhibition at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) on Thursday, April 5th, 2012 at 7 PM. Throughout the exhibition, guests will be guided by MFIT deputy director and IMPACT exhibition co-curator Patricia Mears. Only a limited number of tickets are available for this dinner, private tour, and opportunity to speak with the exhibition's co-curator. Click here to purchase your tickets. DEPESHA private tour of IMPACT will be followed by a 25-guests dinner to raise funds in support of the Hermitage Museum Foundation's (HMF) "Art from America" Project, and to raise a toast for DEPESHA's guest of honor American designer Thom Browne, who will showcase his Fall/Winter 2012-13 collection as part of the upcoming American Program, organized by DEPESHA at Aurora Fashion Week April 2012 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Dinner will be held at 8:30 PM at MPD, a fine French restaurant in NYC's Meatpacking district across from the Highline (73 Gansevoort St. @ Washington St); dinner will be a special pre-fixe menu, with wine and cocktails options. Half of all dinner ticket sales will be donated to the Hermitage Museum Foundation. About the exhibition: Among the designers included in the exhibition are Halston, Norman Norell, Pauline Trigère, Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass, Rudi Gernreich, Bob Mackie, James Galanos, Diane von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Isabel Toledo, Rodarte, and Proenza Schouler. The exhibition is organized thematically to illuminate the broad spectrum of American creativity, from functional sportswear to couture-quality evening wear. “American designers have always had impact on how people dress,” said CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg. “In honor of that creativity and in celebration of the CFDA’s 50th anniversary, we are proud to present, in partnership with The Museum at FIT, an exhibit that represents the tremendous work of our members for the last five decades. ‘Impact’ was the one word that came to mind immediately – it is so strong and defining of our individual and collective influence that we knew right away that our exhibit would be called IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA.” About the Hermitage Museum Foundation: The Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA), Inc. (HMF) supports the State Hermitage Museum’s collections, as well as its artistic and educational missions. Through fundraising efforts, the HMF sponsors restorations, exhibitions of American art, private curatorial tours, member trips, concerts, film screenings, and lectures. It works closely with other foundations, museums, and businesses in the United States supporting the Hermitage Museum and advancing Russian-American cultural diplomacy. DEPESHA wishes to thank the Museum at FIT, Ginza Project, and MPD restaurant for their continued support.