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The Couture Council

Couture Council Honors Carolina Herrera

The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT honored Carolina Herrera with their 2014 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion on Wednesday September 3, 2014 at a benefit luncheon at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, New York City. Learn more


The Couture Council 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 collecting 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.

See photos of Couture Council events on Flickr.

"" Illustration by David Downton
Join the Couture Council:

You can join or renew online via our secure website using your credit card,
or if you prefer to pay by check you may download a membership form

A  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 Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries. Mail checks to FIT Foundation, attention: Couture Council, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, Director's Office, Room E304, New York City 10001-5992.


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 Awards Ceremony and benefit luncheon.

In addition, you will receive the following special membership benefits:
  • Complementary admittance for two to all paid Museum educational programs, including the annual fashion symposium
  • Acknowledgments in FIT's annual report, in the exhibition galleries and brochures, and on the FIT website
  • Exclusive opportunities to meet other patrons of the fashion arts

Board of Directors

Yaz Hernández
Joele Frankl

Board Members
 Nina Rennert Davidson
 Anne Goldrach
 Audrey Gruss
 Carole Divet Harting
 Rebecca Grastein
 Celia Hegyi
 Chiu-Ti Jansen
 Eleanora Kennedy
 Lisa Klein
 Michèle Gerber Klein
 Kamie Lightburn
 Stephanie Loeffler
 Julie Macklowe
 Barbara Malone
 Elizabeth Musmanno
 Amelia Ogunlesi
 Liz Peek
 Darcy Rigas
 Lois Robbins
 Peter G. Scotese
 Jean Shafiroff
 Nancy Shaw
 Michelle Smith

Valerie Steele, Director MFIT

Members of the Couture Council 2014-2015

Jennifer Argenti
Elisabeth Armstrong
Noreen Ahmand
Farhana Ahmed
Suzie Aijala
Labiba Ali
Cetie Nippert Ames
Elizabeth M. Armstrong
Anne Baker
Virginia A. Barbato
Catherine Bennett
Fabiola Beracasa
Elizabeth Berman
Laurie Bodor
Lisa Briffel
Noreen Buckfire
Linda Buckley
Robin Burns-McNeill
Alyson Cafiero
Karen Cannell
Danielle Augusta Cannon
Bonnie Cantor
Lindsay Caprioni
Liza-Mae Carlin
Edward Carlton Clark-Ayers
Deborah Chatman
Suzanne Chute
Maggie Ciafardini
Suzi Cordish
Kendra and Allan Daniel
Christina R. Davis
Mary E. Davis
Ria Davis
Marisol Deluna
Nicole Dicocco
Mary Elizabeth Dooner
Alexis Doyle
Megan Driscoll
Jaime Duncan
Karen Eckhoff
Allison Ecung
Jacqueline Elkort
Bonnie Pfeifer Evans
Patricia Falkenberg
Alease Fisher
Caren Forbes
Barbara Georgescu
Lynn and Carl Goldstein
Dawne Marie Grannum
Jody H. Grass
Michelle Lin Greenip
Agnes Gund
Victoria Guranowski
Susan Gutfreund
Myrna Haft
Nophar Haimovitz
Douglas Hand
Alexander Hayes Adame
Lesley Heller
Marlene Hess
Lisa Hoenshell
Dr. Evelyn Blose Holman
Joan Hornig
Sharon Hurowitz
Sharon Jacob
John Jones
Gemma Kahng
Kimberly Kassel
Mariana Kaufman
Suzanne Kayne
Rod Keenan
Sylvia Ketcham
Leonard King III
Karen Klopp
Bonnie and Michael Koblenz
Tiffany Koury
Catherine Kowalski
Roberta Kozloff
Cindy Krupp
Christine Ellie Kudla 
Taryn Lane
Laura Layfer
Jill Letts
Brenda Levin
Petra Levin
Yanyi Li
Raquel Livia
Judy A. Lockhart
Karen Lynch
Christine Mace
Carol Mack
Chris Madden
Sarah Mandato
Joy Marks
Livia Marotta
Dottie Mattison
Yvette Mayer
Robin Burns McNeill
Rita Mehos
Shauna Mei
B. Michael
Charles Miers
Alison Minton
Vanessa Molina
Tabatha Moore
Marina Moscone
Charlotte Moss
Maggie Norris
Amelia Ogunlesi
Barbara J. Parsky
Christa Percopo
Sarah Sulzberger Perpich
Lisa Perry
Yesim Philip
Jordan Phillips
Rosemary Ponzo
Ariana Pugh
Barbara Regna
Jordan Rhodes
Anita Roselle
Deborah Royce
Pam Schafler
June Schorr
Patricia G. Selden
Rhonda Sheakley
Catherine Smith
Christine Smith
Kristin A. Smith
Joan S. Steinberg
Jessica Stempel
Martha Stewart
Sabrina Stewart
Randall & Lewen Stempler
Rebecca Suhrawardi
Christine Suppes
Sharzad Targoff
Diana L. Taylor
Shrutih Tewarie
Nora Tezanos
Alice Tisch
Lizzie Tisch
Barbara Tober
Ruben and Isabel Toledo
Patricia Underwood
Nancy Vignola
Adrienne Vittadini
Jessica Wade
Deborah Weinswig
Jacqueline Weld
Ron West
Jacquelyn White
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff
Debi Wisch
Terry Wood-Lavine
Pamala Wright
Yliana Yepez
Beverly B. Yunich
Lois & Andrew Zaro
Alice Zicht
Valerie Zilkha
Highlights from Previous Special Events
  • Invitation to the annual Couture Council Artistry of Fashion benefit luncheon. Past awardees: Ralph Rucci (2006), Alber Elbaz of Lanvin (2007), Isabel Toledo (2008), Dries Van Noten (2009), Karl Lagerfeld (2010), Valentino (2011), Oscar de la Renta (2012), and Michael Kors (2013).
  • Private visits to the ateliers of fashion designers such as Isabel Toledo and her husband, fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo, Ralph Rucci, Zac Posen, Angel Sanchez, Chadwick Bell, Prabal Gurung, and J. Mendel. 
  • Store events with Calvin Klein, Verdura, Tiffany, and the FD Gallery.
  • Lectures with Michael Kors and Ruben and Isabel Toledo at the Doubles Club.



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