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The Couture Council

The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT honored iconic footwear designer Christian Louboutin with its 2019 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at a luncheon at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City.  << See photos from the event! >>  The luncheon benefits The Museum at FIT (MFIT), New York’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the art of fashion. As has become tradition, the award ceremony and luncheon herald the arrival of fall New York Fashion Week. Read more about the prestigious award and event.

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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 of open-toed shoe with big bow by Christian Louboutin
Illustration by Christian Louboutin
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

Julie Macklowe
Vice Chair 
Jeffery Fowler
Angela Dotson
Jane E. DeFlorio

Founding Members and Past Chairs

Peter G. Scotese, Emeritus Founding Chair
Kamie Lightburn, Past Chair

Advisory Board Members

Ken Downing
Linda Fargo
 Hal Rubenstein

Board Members

Helene "Haiki" Feldman 
Joele Frank
Violet Gross
Audrey Gruss
Julia Haart 
Marjorie R. Harris 
Carole Divet Harting
Yaz Hernández

Sharon Jacob
Eleanora Kennedy  
Lisa Klein
Michèle Gerber Klein
Stephanie Loeffler
Melissa Mafrige-Mithoff
Marigay McKee
Lara Meiland-Shaw
Laura Nicklas
Amelia Ogunlesi
Liz Peek
Karen C. Phillips
Kathy Prounis
Kathy Reilly
Darcy Rigas
Lois Robbins
Kara Ross
Emilie Rubinfeld

Jean Shafiroff
Katherine Simon 
Nicole Weiss


Dr. Valerie Steele, Director, The Museum at FIT


Couture Council Members JANUARY 2020

Mona Aboelnaga
Tom Ajamie
April Armstrong
Virginia N. Barbato
Jessica Barber
Ruby Bola
Amelia Brown
Anna Brusco

Janna Bullock
Robin Burns-McNeill
Will Ameringer & Kevin Byrne
Lindsay Caprioni
Christina Castle
Beth Charleston

Suzanne Chute
Angela Clofine
Francois Damide

Christina R. Davis
Mary E. Davis 
Marisol Deluna
Gregory Dinoto
Karen Eckhoff
Pamela Egan
Delia Folk
Ann Gallo
Barbara Georgescu

Gillian Gorman Round
Melissa Gottesman
Jody HGrass

Victoria Guranowski
Susan Gutfreund
Kimberly Haufrect

Terri Havens
Tania Higgins
Evelyn Blose Holman
Joan Hornig
Meghan Horstman 
Vera Huang
Sharon Coplan Hurowitz
Ami Javeri
Erica Kasel
Rod Keenan
Gordon Kendall
Cindy and Steve Ketchum

Adnan Ege Kutay
Aryn LaPenta

Laura Layfer
Brenda Levin 
Amelie Lonergan
Carolyn Mackenzie
Hilary Macklowe
Shirley Madhere-Weil

Ann Mailly-Long
Lisa Malitz
Hannah Mannion

Jacqueline Martin
Stella Matzari
Samar Maziad

Avery McCann
Tara K. Milne

Danielle Morrin
Natalie Mouilso
Tracy Murphy
Meena Neti
Katherine Palmiter

Barbara J. Parsky
Cristiane Peixoto
Sarah Sulzberger Perpich
Leetal Platt
Leticia Presutti

Kerri Quigley
Lauren Rantz
Harling Ross
Sabrina Sade
Sydney Sadick

Nicole Salmasi

Colleen Salonga
Pam B. Schafler

Sara Schwarz
Patricia Selden
Christina Senia
Shokoufeh Shadabi
Aneesa Sheikh 

Katherine Simon
Marie Smart

Christine Smith
Cally Stavropoulos
Ava Stefanelli
Randall Ian Stempler
Sheila Stephenson
Debbie Stevenson
Kristen Stewart
Emilio Terasaki 

Nora Tezanos
April Vinder
Patti Wagner
Madeline Weinrib

Graham Wetzbanger
Darin White-Eydenberg
Nina Whitman
Sarah Wolfe
Tiffany Wong
Lynn Wright
Yliana Yepez
Frank Zambrelli
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