The Couture Council
The Couture Council is a membership group that supports The Museum at FIT, “the fashion insider’s fashion museum.” Through membership dues and ticket sales to the annual Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion, the Couture Council helps make it possible for the museum to mount world-class free exhibitions that educate and inspire diverse audiences, to build and conserve its extraordinary permanent collection, and to organize free public programs that serve both FIT students and 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 Manolo Blahnik, Thom Browne, Alber Elbaz, Wes Gordon, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Albert Kriemler, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, Oscar de la Renta, Narciso Rodriguez, Ralph Rucci, Isabel Toledo, Valentino, and Dries Van Noten.
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
- Fashionista Membership - $350 (for those under 35)
- Fashion Professional Membership - $350 (for professionals in the fashion industry)
- Fashion Icon Membership - $2500
Join or renew online via our secure website using your credit card.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz
Marjorie R. Harris
Carole Divet Harting
Michèle Gerber Klein
Christina Isaly Liceaga
Founding Members and Past Chairs
Yaz Hernández, Founding Member and Past Chair
Kamie Lightburn, Past Chair
Liz Peek, Founding Member and Past Chair
Peter G. Scotese, Emeritus Founding Chair
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), Narciso Rodriguez (2018), and Christian Louboutin (2019), and Wes Gordon (2021).
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.