The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology has selected Thom Browne as the recipient of its 2017 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion. The designer, who is known for his truncated men’s suits, innovative shows for his women’s and men’s collections and American-skewed sensibility, will receive the award on Sept. 6, during a luncheon at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York.
The luncheon will benefit The Museum at FIT, New York’s only museum dedicated exclusively to fashion. It will also be held on the eve of New York Fashion Week.
According to FIT, Browne was chosen “for his creativity, vision, imaginative spirit and couture techniques” by an international advisory committee that included Ken Downing, Linda Fargo, Hamish Bowles, Glenda Bailey, Nicole Fischelis, Caroline Milbank, Pamela Golbin, Suzy Menkes, Akiko Fukai and Patricia Mears.
“I want to thank the Couture Council for this award,” Browne said. “Winning the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion is such an overwhelming honor — an honor that is humbling, seeing who has received the award in the past. I only hope to be able to live up to the expectations that comes with its acceptance.”
Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT, said Browne “has long been acknowledged as one of our country’s most distinctive designers of men’s and women’s apparel. Critically acclaimed, he has won numerous prestigious awards. The Museum at FIT is proud to add to this well-deserved record of recognition with its Couture Council Award.”
Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT and chair of the Couture Council Advisory Board, pointed to the designer’s fashion shows, which are “so witty and provocative; everyone is frantically taking pictures. Newcomers to his shows can be so overwhelmed by his image-making that they mistakenly assume his clothes must be unwearable, but in fact Thom’s clothes are surprisingly classic and incredibly well-made. He’s stayed true to his vision and made a real impact on fashion.”
Past recipients of the Couture Council Award include Albert Kriemler, Manolo Blahnik, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta and Karl Lagerfeld.
The Couture Council works in conjunction with the FIT museum to organize activities and events to raise the profile and provide financial support for the museum’s initiatives.