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Couture Council
Evening of Cocktails
Monday, February 24, 2014
Reed Krakoff Store


Opposite Photo:
Designer Reed Krakoff and
Dr. Valerie Steele

Photo Credit: Eileen Costa

On Monday, February 24, 2014 Couture Council Board Member, Celia Hegyi, hosted an evening of cocktails at the Reed Krakoff store on Madison Avenue in New York City for Couture Council members. Reed Krakoff led a conversation about his 20-year career in fashion, photography and the arts with Dr. Valerie Steele, Director of The Museum at FIT.

Guests Included: Alyson Cafiero, Christina Davis, Joele Frank, Yaz Hernandez, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Gemma Kahng, Robin Katz, Michele Gerber Klein, Alison Minton, Julie A. Orsini, Liz Peek, Sarah Perpich, Patricia Selden, Jean Shafiroff, and Peter Traub.

Reed Krakoff donated a percentage of sales from the event to The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT.

Looking ahead towards Fall Fashion Week 2014, The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, will honor Carolina Herrera with its 2014 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at a benefit luncheon at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, New York City. As has become the tradition, this luncheon heralds the arrival of Fall Fashion Week.

About Reed Krakoff

Fashion designer, acclaimed photographer, passionate collector and patron of the arts, Reed Krakoff is Chief Creative Officer & President of the Reed Krakoff Brand. Drawing from over twenty years of experience designing for iconic American houses, Krakoff has elevated his New York-based label into a global luxury brand and has himself become internationally recognized for his contributions to the industries of fashion, art and design.

Graphic, sculptural and born from a unique vision of modern style, the Reed Krakoff Collection debuted in February 2010. The brand is marked by a new approach to design, where luxury and utility are interpreted across a full line of ready-to-wear, handbags and accessories. Krakoff’s mission is to redefine American sportswear, marrying function and ease with the dynamism and vitality of contemporary visual culture.

A recognized leader in the fashion industry, Krakoff currently sits on the board of his alma mater, the Parsons New School of Design in New York, where he mentors aspiring fashion and design students. From 2006 to 2010, he served as the vice president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). In 2012, Krakoff was named the Accessory Designer of the Year by the CFDA for his namesake collection, an honor previously bestowed to him in 2001 and 2004 for his work. He was most recently honored at the Style Awards as Accessories Designer of the Year 2012.

Krakoff’s photographic work has been exhibited in New York, Tokyo and Beijing, and featured in fashion, art and lifestyle publications around the world. He is the author of two books: Fighter: The Ultimate Fighters of the UFC and Women in Art: Figures of Influence. He has also contributed to books by renowned French sculptors Claude & Francois-Xavier Lalanne and Swiss designer Mattia Bonetti.

About The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT

The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT, created in 2004, 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 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.

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 Artistry of Fashion Award luncheon.

In addition, Couture Council members receive complimentary admittance to all museum educational programs, as well as to the annual fashion symposium, acknowledgments in FIT's annual report, in the exhibition galleries and brochures, and on the FIT website and exclusive opportunities to meet other patrons of the fashion arts.

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 FIT Foundation. Mail checks to The Museum at FIT, attention: Couture Council, 227 West 27th Street, Director's Office, Room E304, New York, NY 10001-5992.

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