On Wednesday, September 7, the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT (MFIT) honored Maria Grazia Chiuri, creative director of women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear, and accessories collections for Dior, with its 2022 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion. The award was presented by Samira Nasr, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, during the council’s annual fundraising luncheon, held this year at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. The event was co-chaired by Julie Macklowe, founder and CEO of The Macklowe whiskey, and Kara Ross, both of whom are Couture Council board members. Presented by Nordstrom, the event supports MFIT’s exhibitions, programming, and symposia, all of which are free and open to the public.
“I am really touched to be here in the context of The Museum at FIT, a space for research on fashion, a space for education,” said Chiuri. “This is something very special—to understand that fashion is part of culture, part of history, and that by studying it, we understand ourselves and our society. This is something central to my work. It is what inspires me. Every collection is an opportunity to study, to read, to research.”
In the evening, Chiuri inspired FIT students during an intimate conversation with Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of MFIT. She discussed her upbringing, her career trajectory, and her commitment to women’s empowerment.
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 (DJ of the luncheon), Jean Shafiroff, Ramy Brook Sharp, Liz Peek, Fern Mallis, Cameron Silver, Fe Fendi, Eleanora Kennedy, Veronica Webb, Yaz Hernández, FIT President Joyce F. Brown, and Dr. Valerie Steele, among others.