The Fashion Institute of Technology and the FIT Foundation will honor Dennis Basso, QVC and John and Laura Pomerantz at FIT’s annual gala on May 9. The event will be held in the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza in New York.

The black-tie event will begin with cocktails at 7 p.m., followed by the program and dinner.

Basso, an FIT alumnus, will be honored with the Designer of the Year Award for his creative vision and 30-year career in the industry. The Pomerantzes will be honored with the Patrons of the Year Award for their longstanding commitment to FIT, and QVC will receive the Retailer of the Year award.

This year’s gala chairs are Pamela Baxter, Joy Herfel Cronin, Yaz Hernández, Jane Hertzmark Hudis and Elizabeth T. Peek. Stefano Tonchi is the honorary chair.

Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT, said, “Our honorees truly understand the importance of nurturing and supporting the next generation of creative talent. Their ongoing commitment to the FIT community is critical to our success.”

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