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The Couture Council

The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT honored Manolo Blahnik with their 2015 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion on Wednesday September 9, 2015 at a benefit luncheon at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, New York City. Learn more



The Couture Council is a membership group dedicated to supporting The Museum at FIT, a specialized museum of fashion.  The Couture Council helps make it possible for the Museum to mount world-class exhibitions of fashion, to acquire important objects for its permanent collection, and to organize public programs, such as the annual fashion symposium.  The Couture Council accomplishes these goals through collecting membership dues and by organizing fundraising events such as the annual Couture Council Awards Luncheon, which presents a chosen designer with the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.
Manolo Blahnik. Photo by: Michael Roberts
See photos of Couture Council events on Flickr.

Join the Couture Council:

You can join or renew online via our secure website using your credit card,
or if you prefer to pay by check you may download a membership form

A Couture Council Annual Membership is $1,000 per individual or couple, or $350 for Young Associates (under the age of 35). Membership is tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Please make checks payable to the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries. Mail checks to FIT Foundation, attention: Couture Council, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, Director's Office, Room E304, New York City 10001-5992.


Members of the Couture Council receive invitations to at least five special events a year, including behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum's collection and exhibitions, opening receptions, and visits to the ateliers of fashion designers in New York. Couture Council members are also the first to receive notice of the annual Couture Council Awards Ceremony and benefit luncheon.

In addition, you will receive the following special membership benefits:
  • Complementary admittance for two to all paid Museum educational programs, including the annual fashion symposium
  • Acknowledgments in FIT's annual report, in the exhibition galleries and brochures, and on the FIT website
  • Exclusive opportunities to meet other patrons of the fashion arts

Board of Directors

Yaz Hernndez
Kamie Lightburn
Carole Divet Harting
Joele Frank

Board Members

 Angela Dotson-Giardini
 Anne Goldrach
 Rebecca Grafstein
 Audrey Gruss
 Celia Hegyi
 Sharon Jacob
 Eleanora Kennedy
 Lisa Klein
 Michle Gerber Klein
 Stephanie Loeffler
 Julie Macklowe
 Barbara Malone
 Elizabeth Musmanno
 Amelia Ogunlesi
 Liz Peek
 Darcy Rigas
 Lois Robbins
 Peter G. Scotese
 Jean Shafiroff
 Michelle Smith
 Lacey Tisch


Valerie Steele, Director MFIT


Members of the Couture Council 2014-2015

Mona Aboelnaga
Noreen Ahmad
Farhana Ahmed
Jennifer Argenti
Fabiola Arias
Anne Baker
Virginia N. Barbato
Jill Bikoff
Laurie Bodor
Berdie Brady
Robin Burns-McNeill
Alyson Cafiero
Danielle Augusta Cannon
Lindsay Caprioni
Edward Carlton Clark-Ayers
Maroulla Carr
Suzanne and Robert Chute
Yola Colon
Allison Corbat
Donna & Mike Corbat
Kendra & Allan Daniel
Christina R. Davis
Marisol Deluna
Nicole Dicocco
Wendy Dietze
Mary Elizabeth Dooner
Nicole Eades
Karen Eckhoff
Chele Farley
Heather Fisher
Stephanie Foster
Lori & Eric Friedman
Hilary Geary-Ross
Barbara Georgescu
Alexia Ghadamian
Noinin GilbertJudith S. Giuliani
Sallie Giordano
Lynn and Carl Goldstein
Victoria Guranowski
Susan Gutfreund
Myrna Haft
Nophar Haimovitz
Douglas Hand
Kaelen Haworth
Kim Heirston
Sylvia R. Hemingway
Kate V. Hemphill
Kim Heyman
Lily Hoagland
Lisa Hoenshell
Dr. Evelyn Blose Holman
Joan B. Hornig
Sharon Coplan Hurowitz
John Jones
Gemma Kahng
Mariana Kaufman
Rod Keenan
Liliane Kelly
Gordon Kendall
Leonard King III
Karen Klopp
Catherine Kowalski
Katherine Kung
Linda Lambert
Lisa Layfer
Laura Layfer Treitman
Jill Letts
Sara Lincoln
Nicole Leonard
Judy A. Lockhart
Laura Lofaro Freeman
Karen Lynch
Christine Mace
Carol Mack
Lisa Malitz
Joy Marks
Livia E. Marotta
Dottie Mattison
Rita Mehos
Charles Miers
Gillian Miniter
Alison Minton
Charlotte Moss
Vanessa Molina
Kamilla Murtazina
Laura Nicklas
Barbara J. Parsky
Jean Pearson
Christa G. Percopo
Susan Pernick
Betsy Perry
Lisa Perry
Yesim Philip
John Pomerantz
Kathy Prounis
Rosemary Ponzo
Ariana Pugh
Kerri Quigley
Barbara Regna
Kathy Reilly
Catherine Sabino
Nancy Sambuco
Pam Schafler
Rhonda Sheakley
Carron Sherry
Louise Siu
Catherine Smith
Kristin A. Smith
Jessica Stempel
Randall Ian Stempler
Martha Stewart
Sabrina Stewart
Kelly Sullivan
Sarah Sulzberger Perpich
Amanda Taylor
Nora Tezanos
Barbara Tober
Adrienne Vittadini
Jessica Wade
Jieun Wax
Deborah Weinswig
Ron West
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff
Sarah Wolfe
Pamala Wright
Yliana Yepez
Beverly Yunich
Alice Zicht
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), and Carolina Herrera (2014)
  • 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, and Reem Acra.
  • Store events with Calvin Klein, Verdura, Tiffany, Reed Krakoff, and the FD Gallery.
  • Lectures with Michael Kors, Zac Posen at the Doubles Club, and Ruben and Isabel Toledo at the Doubles Club.