2021 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion: Wes Gordon

Wes GordonThe Museum at FIT honored Wes Gordon, creative director of Carolina Herrera, with its 2021 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion, presented at a luncheon on Wednesday, September 22 at Cipriani South Street in New York City. The annual event benefited the recently reopened Museum at FIT (MFIT), New York's only museum dedicated exclusively to the art of fashion, which was temporarily closed due to COVID-19. The presenting sponsor was NORDSTROM and the co-chairs were Jeffery Fowler, president, Americas at Farfetch and Couture Council vice chair, and Émilie Rubinfeld, president of Carolina Herrera and Couture Council board member.

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Gordon, who previously received the Fashion Group International's Rising Star Award and was a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, began consulting for Carolina Herrera in March 2017 and was quickly appointed creative director the following year. Since then, he has helped reimagine the timeless brand by incorporating vibrant and playful themes throughout the designs. Carolina Herrera is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a campaign led by Gordon centered around the place that he and the brand call home, New York City. 

"I am honored to be recognized with this year’s Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion. This recognition, combined with the reemergence of New York Fashion Week and Carolina Herrera's ongoing 40th anniversary celebration, is going to make this fall one to never forget," said Gordon.

"We are pleased and honored to recognize Wes Gordon," said Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT. "His achievements in fashion are outstanding and he is a wonderful role model for emerging designers, including our own students. We look forward to celebrating his accomplishments and being part of New York City’s fashion reawakening at the Couture Council luncheon next month." 

"As we emerge from a uniquely difficult period, we are happy to celebrate the reawakening of New York fashion," says Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT. "Wes stays true to the heritage of Carolina Herrera, while adding his own joyful flair."


Wes Gordon serves as the Creative Director of Carolina Herrera New York. Appointed by the brand's founder, Carolina Herrera, Wes leads the global creative strategy of the label across all brand platforms including ready-to-wear, bridal and eyewear. 

Raised in Atlanta, Wes attended Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London. Upon graduation in 2009, the designer moved to New York City to launch his eponymous line of womenswear and presented his collection in New York from 2010 to 2016. During this time, Gordon received the Fashion Group International's Rising Star Award and was a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. 

In March 2017, Wes began consulting with Carolina Herrera before being appointed Creative Director in 2018. His first runway show for the House was Spring 2019, which was presented on September 10th, 2018 in New York City.


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Carolina Herrera is a New York-based fashion house recognized globally for creating beautifully crafted collections synonymous for being fearless and fabulous. Founded in 1981 by Carolina Herrera, the brand encompasses a profile of luxury ready-to-wear, bridal, fragrance, beauty and eyewear, as well as accessories for women, men and children. Today, the brand is available worldwide in over 15,000 points of distribution, including over 350 CH Carolina Herrera and 3 Carolina Herrera New York retail locations. Carolina Herrera is part of Puig, a third-generation, family-owned fashion and fragrance business based in Barcelona, Spain. In 2018, Carolina Herrera announced her new role of Global Ambassador and appointed Wes Gordon as the Creative Director, leading design and artistic direction for the brand.


Past recipients of the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion are Christian Louboutin (2019), Narciso Rodriguez (2018), Thom Browne (2017), Albert Kriemler of Akris (2016), Manolo Blahnik (2015), Carolina Herrera (2014), FIT alumnus Michael Kors (2013), Oscar de la Renta (2012), Valentino (2011), Karl Lagerfeld (2010), Dries Van Noten (2009), Isabel Toledo (2008), Alber Elbaz (2007), and FIT alumnus Ralph Rucci (2006). In 2008, Giorgio Armani received a special award for Global Fashion Leadership.

Tickets for the Couture Council luncheon honoring Wes Gordon are priced as follows:
Fashion Icon Table at $50,000 (Premium seating for a table of 10)
Haute Couture Table at $25,000 (Priority seating for a table of 10)
Couture Table at $15,000 (One table of 10)
Haute Couture Ticket at $2,500 (One ticket)
Couture Ticket at $1,500 (limited availability, please inquire)