Couture Council Young Patrons

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The Couture Council Young Patrons at the Food & Fashion Opening Reception on September 26, 2023.

Mission Statement

The Couture Council Young Patrons, a group of fashion industry leaders and fashion insiders, work to amplify the mission of The Museum at FIT: “to promote creativity and lifelong learning among diverse audiences with innovative exhibitions and public programs that advance knowledge of fashion.”

Together with the Couture Council, the CCYP helps provide a secure financial foundation for The Museum at FIT, as well as supporting FIT’s emphasis on social justice and sustainability.

Membership Benefits (age 21–45)

  • Invitation to two or more exhibition opening receptions
  • Behind-the-scenes programs with Museum director and staff
  • Special events at the Museum
  • Special price for Couture Council Awards luncheon
  • Acknowledgment in Annual Report



After graduating from Harvard Law School, Lizzie Asher worked at a premiere New York law firm specializing in corporate law. Today, Lizzie is the President of Macchu Pisco LLC, a woman-owned and operated spirits company that was the first such company to implement fair trade standards in the Pisco Valley of Peru. Lizzie also serves on the Board of Save Venice and chairs the endowment she and her husband created at City Squash, a non-profit working with Latino children in the Bronx. Equally close to her heart is Lizzie's contribution as a member of Columbia Presbyterian's ECMO Family Advisory Board, where she gives back to the ICU team that saved her life. Most recently, Lizzie co-founded the Cura Collective, a non-profit aimed at addressing women's issues such as the Voluntary Intoxication Loophole.

Adrien Gardner Lesser is a lifelong New Yorker and communications specialist with a keen insight into New York City and national politics. Adrien is involved in multiple civic, community, and religious organizations. She is a Board Member of the East Sixties Neighborhood Association, Frick Young Fellow at the Frick Museum, and a part of the Temple Emanu-El Young Members Circle and Philanthropic Committee.

Steering Committee

Lizzie Asher
Naomi Elizee
Alexander Hankin
Chloe Harting
Asiah James
Casey Kohlberg
Adrien Gardner Lesser
Cassandra Pinto
Natalya Rovne
Laura Day Webb

Past Couture Council Young Patron Events

Statement Sleeves Dinner at Indochine

Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: 50 Years of Hip Hop Style Opening Reception

¡Moda Hoy! Latin American and Latinx Fashion Design Today Opening Reception

PatBo and the Couture Council Young Patrons at Café Havana

Food & Fashion Opening Reception