Gabellini Sheppard Associates designed five consecutive exhibitions over two and a half years for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Accessory Designs. These exhibitions were hosted in the classic 1930s Raymond Hood building on 41st Street, facing Bryant Park and The New York Public Library. These presentations coincided with CFDA ready-to-wear designers' seasonal runway shows, which were held in white canvas tents within the park.
The accessory designer exhibitions were conceived by Gabellini Sheppard Associates as 'black box theatre' environments. The spring/summer exhibition featured three large perimeter walls painted in iridescent green. Floating white beveled platforms showcased accessories from twenty-eight designers. Sixteen suspended light canopies, resembling carousels, were linked to these structures. Above the display surface, theatrical light fixtures hung in a random celestial arrangement, piercing the canopies with alternating daylight and moonlight hues. This created a sensation of being within a clover field, immersed in changing natural light.