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The Couture Council

The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT honored Narciso Rodriguez with its 2018 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at a luncheon at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. Learn more about Narciso Rodriguez.


The Couture Council is an elite membership group that supports The Museum at FIT. The Couture Council helps make it possible for the museum to mount world-class exhibitions that educate and inspire, to build and conserve its extraordinary permanent collection, and to organize free public programs that serve FIT’s 10,000 students as well as the general public. 

The Couture Council, working in conjunction with the museum, organizes activities and events to raise the institution’s profile and provide financial support for the museum’s initiatives. The most important of these events is the Couture Council’s award ceremony and benefit luncheon. Designers who have received the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion include Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, and the late Oscar de la Renta.
Illustration by Narciso Rodriguez
Illustration by Narciso Rodriguez
See photos of Couture Council events on Flickr.

Join the Couture Council:

Members of the Couture Council are invited to all of the museum’s opening receptions and other special member-only fashion events. 

The Couture Council is pleased to offer the following new membership levels:

  • Couture Membership - $1000
  • Fashion Icon Membership - $2500
  • Fashionista Membership - $350
  • Fashion Professional Membership - $350
Learn about the Couture Council's membership levels and benefits. 
Join or renew online via our secure website using your credit card.

Board of Directors

Kamie Lightburn
Julie Macklowe
Carole Divet Harting
Jeffery Fowler

Past Chairmen

 Yaz Hernández
  Liz Peek

Board Members

 Jane E. DeFlorio
 Angela Dotson 

 Joele Frank
 Violet Gross
 Audrey Gruss
 Marjorie  R. Harris 
 Sharon Jacob
 Eleanora Kennedy  
Lisa Klein
Michèle Gerber Klein
Stephanie Loeffler
Julie Macklowe
Lara Meiland-Shaw
Melissa Mithoff
Elizabeth Musmanno
Laura Nicklas
 Amelia Ogunlesi
 Karen Phillips
 Kathy Prounis
 Kathy Reilly
 Darcy Rigas
 Lois Robbins
 Kara Ross
 Emilie Rubinfeld
Peter G. Scotese
Jean Shafiroff
Sutton Stracke
Nicole Weiss


Valerie Steele, Director MFIT


Honorary Board Members

Ken Downing
Linda Fargo
 Hal Rubenstein


Couture Council Members APRIL 2019

Mona Aboelnaga
Tom Ajamie
Loreen Arbus
April Armstrong
Julieta Arrieta
Virginia N. Barbato
Jessica Barber
Kathryn Berry
Caroline Berti
Paige Boller

Jane L. Bradbury
Sarah Bromley
Amelia Brown
Anna Brusco

Noreen Buckfire
Alyson Cafiero
Lindsay Caprioni
Liza-Mae Carlin
Maroulla Carr
Christina Castle
Katy Chen
Suzanne Chute
Rachel Clark
Angela Clofine

Christina R. Davis
Kate Davis
Mary E. Davis 
Marisol Deluna
Karen Eckhoff
Pamela Egan
Kristen Farell
Maria Fishel

Martha Kramer Fox
Ann Gallo
Barbara Georgescu

Melissa Gottesman

Annette Green
Manuela Zissler Grenert
Victoria Guranowski
Susan Gutfreund
Kaya Hall
Jody Harrison Grass
Celia Hegyi
Kate V. Hemphill
Danielle Hirsch
Evelyn Blose Holman
Heidi Holterbosch
Meghan Horstman 
Leslie B. Hull

Sharon Coplan Hurowitz
Caroline Hyman
Ami Javeri
Robyn Joseph
Elizabeth Kahane
Erica Kasel
Ron Keenan
Gordon Kendall
Adnan Ege Kutay
Laura Layfer
Lauren Levison
Yvonne Lynam
Carolyn Mackenzie
Shirley Madhere-Weil
Lisa Malitz

Meredith Marks
Jacqueline Martin
Avery McCann

Asante Mills

Adrienne Montes
Danielle Morrin
Natalie Mouilso
Clemence von Mueffling
Momsen Noel
Barbara J. Parsky
Cristiane Peixoto
Marissa Penberg
Sarah Sulzberger Perpich
Elizabeth Petersen
Katherine Phelps
Donna Poyiadjis
Leticia Presutti

Barbara Putnam
Kerri Quigley
Ines Ramon
Lauren Rantz
Hannah Rokes 
Harling Ross
Georgia Rothenberg
Sydney Sadick

Nicole Salmasi
Colleen Salonga
Stephanie Sandler

Pam B. Schafler
Patricia Schatz 
Barbara Cirkva Schumacher
Sarah Schwarz

Patricia Selden
Alicynne Sher
Katherine Simon

Marie Smart
Christine Smith
Cally Stavropoulos
Randall Ian Stempler
Debbie Stevenson
Kelly Sullivan
Alisa Swidler
Allyson Tang
Emiko Terasaki

Nora Tezanos
Margaret Thorne
Rebecca Vanyo
Lauren S. Veronis
Olga Votis
Patti Wagner
Kelsey Weber

Ashley Wein
Graham Wetzbanger
Nina Whitman
Lauren Wilson

Sarah Wolfe
Yliana Yepez
Frank Zambrelli
Garine Zerounian
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), Michael Kors (2013), Carolina Herrera (2014), Manolo Blahnik (2015),  Albert Kriemler (2016), Thom Browne (2017), and Narciso Rodriguez (2018).
  • Private tours of exhibitions at The Museum at FIT.
  • 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, J. Mendel, Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein, Reem Acra, Bibhu Mohapatra, Lafayette 148 and NYC Ballet Costume Shop.
  • Store events with Calvin Klein, Verdura, Tiffany, Reed Krakoff, the FD Gallery, and Mish New York.
  • Lectures with Michael Kors, Zac Posen and Ruben and Isabel Toledo at the Doubles Club.
  • Cocktails and Conversation with Peter Copping of Oscar de la Renta at the Core Club.
  • Cocktails and Conversation with designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler and Dr. Valerie Steele, Director, The Museum at FIT at the Proenza Schouler Boutique.
  • Tea and Conversation with renowned hat designer Patricia Underwood.
  • NYC Ballet Costume Shop Tour.
  • Cocktails and Couture with Bibhu Mohapatra at the Core Club.
  • Cartier Mansion Tour.
  • Cocktails and Conversation with Jason Wu.
  • Great Designers event featuring fashions by Lee Alexander McQueen.
  • Introduction to Fashion History featuring The Little Black Dress.
  • 2019 Couture Council Winter Luncheon with Roopal Patel, SVP Fashion Director, Saks Fifth Avenue.
  • Great Designers event featuring fashions by Azzedine Alaïa with supermodel Veronica Webb.
Proenza Schouler with Valerie Steele
Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for The Museum at FIT