FIT Gala 2023
President Joyce F. Brown, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the FIT Foundation cordially invite you to the Future of Fashion Celebration and Honors—an immersive evening bringing together luminaries from design, fashion, entertainment, business, and technology. The event will showcase FIT’s highly anticipated runway show, featuring the work of our 2023 Fashion Design BFA graduates, followed by an after-party honoring fashion’s finest with entertainment, libations, and virtual experiences.
Wednesday, May 10, 7 pm
Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres
6:30 pm: Arrivals
7 pm: The Future of Fashion Runway Show Presented by Macy's
7:45 pm: Honors and After-party
Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 West 27th Street, New York City
Purchase Tickets and Sponsorships
Honorees and Host
Victor Glemaud, fashion designer
Victor Glemaud is the creator of an eponymous collection of joyous statement knitwear, designed for all people, genders, races, sizes, and personalities. Launched in 2015, his iconic slashed sweaters and curve-hugging dresses have been worn by global celebrities and influencers, including Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, Ashley Graham, Indya Moore, Sienna Miller, Dominique Jackson, Dakota Johnson, Florence Pugh, Hailey Baldwin, Issa Rae, Iman, and Selena Gomez. Victor Glemaud is currently sold at FARFETCH, Intermix, Revolve, Saks Fifth Avenue, Shopbop, and glemaud.com.
Karlie Kloss, supermodel, entrepreneur, and philanthropist
Ashley Graham, supermodel and entrepreneur
Ashley Graham is an American supermodel, designer, author, and entrepreneur whose influence has reshaped the fashion and media industries and redefined traditional beauty standards. She has worked in numerous areas of the fashion industry, including editorial, catalog, runway, commercial, television, and film. In February 2016, Graham made history as the first size 14 model ever to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swim. In January 2018, she became a brand ambassador for Revlon, making her the first curvy model of her generation to receive a major beauty contract.
Graham has been featured on the covers of Vogue, British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar UK, Cosmopolitan, SELF, New York Magazine, Maxim, and many more. She has received numerous accolades for her work, including Forbes’ coveted “30 Under 30” list and cover feature; Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” with Mattel simultaneously creating a one-of-a-kind Barbie in her likeness; People’s “25 Most Intriguing People of the Year”; Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the Word”; and The Daily Front Row’s “Fashion Force of the Year.” She is the United Nations’ Women for Peace Association’s first “Women Empowerment Award” recipient.
Graham is a sought-after television personality and has hosted internationally televised programs such as the Miss Universe and Miss USA competitions and Lifetime's American Beauty Star, a competition series to find the next best hair or makeup artist. She also hosts her podcast Pretty Big Deal.
She is regularly invited to speak about body image, self-acceptance, and female empowerment. Graham’s first TEDx talk, “Plus Size? More Like My Size,” given at TedxBerleeValencia has been viewed over 4.3 million times.
FIT Trustee and Foundation Boards
FIT Board of Trustees
Robin Burns-McNeill, Chair
Jaqui Lividini, Vice Chair
Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan
Richard A. Anderman
Judith I. Byrd
Joan B. Hornig
Beverly S. Mack
Elizabeth T. Peek
Saumya Joshi, Student Trustee
John J. Pomerantz
Peter G. Scotese
FIT Foundation Board of Directors
Gary Sheinbaum, Chair
Muge Erdirik Dogan
Gigi Ganatra Duff
Sarah Curtis Henry
Jane Hertzmark Hudis
Dayna Isom Johnson
Laurence C. Leeds, Jr.
Bruce P. Rockowitz
J. Michael Stanley
The Future of Fashion runway show is presented by
Champagne and spirits sponsored by
The Future of Fashion runway makeup provided by