By and  on April 30, 2012

NEW YORK — In presenting the 2012 Pratt Institute Fashion Industry Lifetime Achievement Award to Fern Mallis on Thursday night, Calvin Klein described the important contribution she has made to the fashion industry and how difficult it must have been to referee all those designers, personalities and opinions.

“Her job was not an easy one. A lesser person would have run from the building,” said Klein. As executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America for 10 years and later senior vice president of IMG Fashion, Mallis did “so much heavy lifting” behind the scenes in making sure the fashion shows went smoothly, and “designers got the best possible showcase for all their hard work,” said Klein.

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