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Carolina Herrera to receive Couture Award for Artistry of Fashion

Designer Carolina Herrera at her studio
Designer Carolina Herrera at her studio
Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera exemplifies the woman of style, who is a very special kind of fashion designer. Similar to Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, Carolina Herrera became famous for creating the kind of elegant, beautiful clothes that she herself wears. Mrs. Herrera is her own best model, and many women today want to look like her. She’s created a world in her home, in her atelier, and in her boutiques that is sophisticated perfection. As a philanthropist, she is one of the few leaders who never says no.

It comes as no surprise but well deserved that on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 as Fashion Week makes it's arrival, The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT will honor Carolina Herrera with its 2014 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion Award.

Each year the award winner is chosen by the Couture Council Advisory Board, which includes fashion journalists, editors, retailers, and curators, including Glenda Bailey, Hamish Bowles, Ken Downing, Linda Fargo, Nicole Fischelis, Akiko Fukai, Pamela Golbin, and Suzy Menkes.

So what does it take to get such award? Dr. Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT and chair of the Couture Council Advisory Board explains: The committee’s mandate is to look, not only at the previous year’s accomplishments, but at a lifetime of contributions to fashion. They chose Carolina Herrera to receive the 2014 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion for a combination of reasons: Because she creates ‘beautiful and elegant clothes’, because her clothes are ‘couture quality’, because she is herself ‘an international fashion icon,’ and because she is ‘an important woman in fashion.

In reference to the award Carolina Herrera said, “I have great admiration for The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology - it’s a vital link between fashion, culture and history. The work of the museum gives our industry a stage to express cultural relevance in a historical context, engaging an audience beyond fashion, beyond New York. With Valerie's fantastic leadership and exceptional creativity, FIT's museum is the very best in class. I am deeply touched to be acknowledged by The Couture Council and look forward to September.”

Mrs. Herrera will join an elite list of past recipients of the Couture Council Awards including Michael Kors (2013), Oscar de la Renta (2012), Valentino (2011), Karl Lagerfeld (2010), Dries Van Noten (2009), Isabel Toledo (2008), Alber Elbaz (2007), and Ralph Rucci (2006). In 2008, Giorgio Armani also received a special award for Global Fashion Leadership.

This year’s Luncheon will begin with cocktails on the David H. Koch Theater terrace, which overlooks the Fashion Week tents. Guests then will be ushered into the theater’s promenade for a three-course luncheon. Bronson Van Wyck of Van Wyck & Van Wyck will again design the flowers for this year’s luncheon.

To purchase luncheon tickets, please contact Ms. Vicki Guranowski at 212.217.4105, fax 212.594.9206, or email

Congratulations Mrs. Herrera. We adore you!

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