by John Russel Jones

The CFDA will release its first-ever exclusive collection of commemorative NFTs, titled “Lighting the Path of American Fashion,” next Monday, December 12th. The release will be followed by the debut of its Metaverse fashion exhibition, “Fashioning the Shades of American Design” on Monday, December 19th. Both are part of the CFDA’s 60th anniversary celebrations, looking into the future via web3.

The seven one-of-one NFTs will be available on from December 12-16 and feature iconic moments for auction with all proceeds benefiting the CFDA Foundation.

Powered by Polygon Studios and brought to life by BNV, a fashion-focused and curated NFT platform for the tokenization, collection and trading of digital fashion assets, each NFT comes with unique utility perks that allow unprecedented access. The CFDA will also be partnering with MoonPay to utilize their white glove concierge service to facilitate the NFT purchases.

Willy Chavarria’s NFT represents the spirit of the brand, highlighting the confidence in the model’s walk and the intention of empowerment in one’s own being. The opening bid is $15,000. Perks include a full look selected by and styled by Chavarria, a 45-minute meeting with Willy (and his team if desired), virtual or in person, including the opportunity to discuss any collaboration or business opportunities. Two tickets to the 2023 CFDA Fashion Awards are also included.

Inspired by the brand’s prep heritage contemporized as a digital collectible, the Tommy Hilfger NFT (above) features a “Hilfiger” rugby, with an opening bid of $25,000. Perks include an all-expenses paid trip to the next Tommy Hilfiger brand experience with a guest, a custom-made replica of the NFT rugby, signed by Mr. Tommy Hilfiger, and a personalized shopping package of five hand-picked items by Hilfiger

Other NFTs include a Coach dinosaur mascot, a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress (of course), and the Michael Kors: “Jet Set Ideal:” A beautiful destination, the perfect time of day, and a beaded dress that catches the breeze.

“Fashioning the Shades of American Design” simultaneously opens in The Sandbox, featuring 60 looks from the CFDA’s six decades, curated by fashion historian and Assistant Curator of Fashion of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Darnell-Jamal Lisby. It is organized into five themes: Illuminating a Fantasy, Illuminating Romance, Illuminating the Avant-Garde, Illuminating Understanding, and Illuminating Soul.

Featured looks reimagined in a voxel environment include Stephen Burrows’ colorful layered lettuce hem dress created for the 1973 Battle of Versailles; Dapper Dan’s 1980s custom design for Hip-Hop legends Eric B & Rakim; a grunge look from Marc Jacobs’ famed Perry Ellis Spring 1993 collection; an eclectic 1970s-inspired look from Anna Sui’s Fall 2000 collection, and a Thom Browne crinoline menswear ensemble from his Spring 2020 collection. Moreover, this exhibition is just a snapshot of the incredible range and cultural breadth of contributions to American fashion.