Albert Kriemler, creative director of Akris, will receive the Couture Council of the Museum at FIT’s 2016 Award for Artistry of Fashion. The award will be bestowed on Kriemler at the Couture Council’s annual luncheon at the opening of New York Fashion Week Sept. 7 at Lincoln Center.
Kriemler has been at his family’s St. Gallen, Switzerland-based house for more than 35 years, building its profile as a resource for elegantly tailored minimalist designs in the finest fabrics, which have attracted clients such as Angelina Jolie, Princess Charlene of Monaco and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Kriemler said he was “deeply honored” to receive this year’s award, noting that he always makes an effort to see the exhibitions at FIT when he’s in New York.
Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at FIT and chair of the Couture Council Advisory Board, noted that in addition to being associated with luxury, Kriemler “is obsessed with making clothes modern.”
Lisa Klein and Audrey Gruss are this year’s luncheon cochairs. The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT was created in 2004 to support the school’s fashion-focused museum. Past Couture Council honorees include Manolo Blahnik, who received the Award for Artistry last year, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta and Karl Lagerfeld.