A Scintillating Lauren Bacall Artifact

An impossibly cool 1968 CBS-TV special frames current Fashion Institute of Technology exhibit.

In 1968, CBS-TV broadcast a one-hour prime time special titled Paris Collections Fall Fashion Preview. Hosted by Lauren Bacall, the program showcased the work of designers Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, Yves Saint Laurent and Marc Bohan.

The opening clip above, provided by Oregon’s The Archives, LLC, is part of the current Fashion Institute of Technology exhibit Lauren Bacall: The Look running through April 4. Bacall started donating garments and accessories to the FIT the same year that special aired, gifting the school in total with 22 batches of goodies through 1986. From the program notes:

The exhibition opens with a photograph of Bacall at age 19, taken by Louise Dahl-Wolfe and chosen by Harper’s Bazaar editor Diana Vreeland for the magazine’s March 1943 cover. The photograph shows Bacall’s full, natural eyebrows and softly waved hair – along with the alluring look of ease and self-confidence that became her trademark. Other images that demonstrate how “The Look” evolved are included in the exhibition.

A vivid pink wool coat by Norman Norell, worn by Bacall in the 1964 film Sex and the Single Girl, is on display. Bacall established an ongoing relationship with Norell, as well as with a number of other important designers.

There’s more Bacall coming to New York this spring. On March 31 and April 1, auction house Bonhams will put up for bid more than 700 items from the actress’ estate. Along with art and jewelry, there is also “Humphrey Bogart’s top hat.”

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Kirk Douglas on the Kindness of Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall, by Way of the BBC
To Have and Have Knot