Michael Kors to be Honored with 2013 Couture Council Award, benefits Museum at FIT

Michael Kors is to be honored with a 2013 Couture Council Award this coming September 4, 2013. Tickets for the Noon Luncheon and Award Ceremony are currently being offered with benefits going towards the Museum at FIT.
The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology will honor Michael Kors with its 2013 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion this September at a benefit luncheon at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, New York City. As has become the tradition, this luncheon heralds the arrival of Fall Fashion Week.
“We are thrilled that Michael Kors is this year’s recipient of the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion,” said FIT President Joyce F. Brown. “With his extraordinary talent, Michael – who got his start at FIT – has built an international brand that embodies the very essence of contemporary American design. This is a well-deserved recognition of his accomplishments.”
Dr. Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT, said, “Michael Kors has been nominated repeatedly by members of the Couture Council Advisory Committee. The committee’s mandate is to not only look at the previous year’s accomplishments, but at a lifetime of contributions to fashion.” The committee consists of a prestigious international group of journalists, retailers, and curators, including Glenda Bailey, Hamish Bowles, Ken Downing, Linda Fargo, Nicole Fischelis, Akiko Fukai, Pamela Golbin, and Suzy Menkes.
In the museum’s new book, Fashion Designers, A-Z: The Collection of The Museum at FIT, published by Taschen, Michael Kors states, “I think to be empathetic is the greatest gift you can have as a designer. Hopefully, people will look at me and say, ‘He really loved women.’” To this, Dr. Steele adds, “Certainly, women really love Michael.”
Michael Kors, who attended FIT, recently endowed the Michael Kors Scholarship at FIT with a $1,000,000 gift to establish a major award for a Fashion Design student. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who demonstrates exceptional talent in Fashion Design but whose educational endeavors are limited by financial constraints. All costs associated with a bachelor’s degree program at FIT, including tuition, housing, and books, will be covered. The scholarship also provides mentorship and the opportunity to intern at Michael Kors.
“This wonderful endowment reflects Michael’s characteristic thoughtfulness, sense of purpose, and spirit of generosity,” said Dr. Brown. “He is creating an incomparable opportunity for the talented students who come to the college—as he did—to fulfill their dreams. We are deeply grateful.”
“I attended FIT in the late 1970s, and the school provided a totally comprehensive curriculum for fashion design that is unparalleled,” said Kors. “Since my days there, it has evolved and become even stronger. It makes me so excited to see the potential talent that has been helped by this school, and I look forward to seeing that continue.”
Michael Kors is a world-renowned, award-winning designer of luxury accessories and ready-to-wear. His namesake company, established in 1981, produces a range of products through his Michael Kors, KORS Michael Kors, and MICHAEL Michael Kors labels, including accessories, footwear, watches, jewelry, men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, and a full line of fragrance products. Michael Kors stores are operated, either directly or through licensing partners, around the world, including New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago, London, Milan, Paris, Munich, Istanbul, Dubai, Seoul, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.
The Couture Council Luncheon will begin with cocktails on the David H. Koch Theater terrace, which overlooks the Fashion Week tents. Guests will then be ushered into the theater’s promenade for a three-course luncheon. Past recipients of the Couture Council Award are Oscar de la Renta (2012), Valentino (2011), Karl Lagerfeld (2010), Dries Van Noten (2009), Isabel Toledo( 2008), Alber Elbaz (2007), and Ralph Rucci (2006). In 2008, Giorgio Armani received a special award for Global Fashion Leadership.
Tickets for The Couture Council luncheon honoring Michael Kors are priced as follows:
Fashion Icon Table at $50,000, Top seating for table of ten and listing in the invitation as Philanthropist.
Haute Couture Table at $25,000, Premium seating for table of ten and listing in the invitation as Benefactor.
Couture Table at $15,000, Superior seating for table of ten and listing in the invitation as Patron.
Fashionista Table at $10,000, One table of ten and listing in the invitation as Vice Chair.
Haute Couture Ticket at $2,500
Listing in the invitation as Luncheon Committee, Couture Ticket at $1,500
To purchase luncheon tickets, please contact Vicki Guranowski at 212 217.4105, fax 212 594.9206, or email Victoria_Guranowski [at] fitnyc.edu
If you are new to The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT, it was created in 2004, is a membership group dedicated to supporting The Museum at FIT, a specialized museum of fashion.  The Couture Council helps make it possible for the museum to mount world-class exhibitions of fashion, to acquire important objects for its permanent collection, and to organize public programs, such as the annual fashion symposium.  The Couture Council accomplishes these goals through membership dues and by organizing fundraising events such as the annual Couture Council Awards Luncheon, which presents a chosen designer with the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.
Members of the Couture Council receive invitations to at least five special events a year, including behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s collection and exhibitions, opening receptions, and visits to the ateliers of fashion designers in New York. Couture Council members are also the first to receive notice of the annual Couture Council Artistry of Fashion Award luncheon.
In addition, Couture Council members receive complimentary admittance to all museum educational programs, as well as to the annual fashion symposium, acknowledgments in FIT’s annual report, in the exhibition galleries and brochures, and on the FIT website and exclusive opportunities to meet other patrons of the fashion arts.
The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT’s board of directors includes Yaz Hernàndez (chair), Alexandra Lebenthal (president), Joele Frank (secretary), Laura Lofaro Freeman (treasurer),
Ann Goldrach, Carole Divet Harting, Celia Hegyi, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Eleanora Kennedy, Michèle Gerber Klein, Carole Kamie Lightburn, Julie Macklowe, Barbara Malone, Elizabeth Musmanno,
Elizabeth T. Peek, Nancy Raquet, Darcy Rigas, Valerie Salembier, Peter G. Scotese, Jean Shafiroff, Michelle Smith, Jieun Wax, and Sarah G. Wolfe.
Couture Council annual membership is $1,000 per individual or couple, or $350 for Young Associates (under the age of 35). Membership is tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Please make checks payable to the FIT Foundation. Mail checks to The Museum at FIT, attention: Couture Council, 227 West 27th Street, Director’s Office, Room E304, New York, NY 10001-5992.
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