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The Museum at FIT’s “American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion” exhibit opened Thursday night.

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QUITE A MIX: Santa Claus, a Real Housewife of New York and Miss USA were among the disparate group that turned out to see Peter Nygård’s new flagship on Broadway and 40th Street. The Canadian designer took his time getting to the party. “There’s been a sighting,” one excited guest said, but it turned out to be a false alarm.

Nygård finally strode down a blue carpet — his signature color — with a model on each arm. The store had more than two dozen video screens playing loops of previous collections, blue lights on the ceiling and floor and a model dressed in silver with a silver-painted face, posing in the window. There was a fashion show of fall with 26 models and several Afghan dogs. “We couldn’t be happier, Nygård said. “A lot of hard work went into this. Just to be able to belong to this industry now” is great.

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