Yesterday afternoon, a group of ladies and gentlemen descended on the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. The event itself, the annual fundraiser for The Museum at FIT, is stylish, but guests stepped up their dress game this year as the winner of the event was Haute Couture Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri, women’s ready-to-wear and accessories. collections for Dior. Fresh from Paris, the designer donned a sleek black Dior suit, which she finished with her signature black eyeliner.
Notable attendees included Kat Graham, Pete Nordstrom, Derek Blasberg, Francisco Costa, Ken Downing, Aurora James, Nina Garcia, Julia Haart, Candace Bushnell, Rickie De Sole, Timo Weiland, Fe Fendi, Yaz Hernandez, and Dr Joyce F. of the MFIT. Brown and Dr. Valerie Steele.
“I’m really touched to be here in the context of the FIT Museum, a space for fashion research, a space for education. It’s something very special – to understand that fashion is part of culture, part of history, and by studying it, we understand ourselves and our society,” Grazia Chiuri told participants at the lunch while accepting her 2022 Couture Council Award for The Art of Fashion. “To start conversations with artists, with women artists around the world who help me understand what fashion is really about – the clothes, but also the culture and the identity. It is with them that I share the honor of this award today.
“We celebrate her, not only as the first woman to lead the legendary Maison Dior since its founding in 1946, but also as a visionary dedicated to the global community of women”,
said Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT. “Her vision – that you can be both feminist and feminine – is reflected in her collections with elegant and graceful designs for women of all sizes, shapes and ages. For budding designers, like FIT students, she is an inspiration and it is an honor for us to recognize her work and her contributions to the world of feminism and fashion.