THE AWARD GOES TO: Still in the early months of his post-Metropolitan Museum of Art-period, Harold Koda will be among the honorees at this year’s Iris Foundation Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Decorative Arts. Following a 15-year run, he exited the Met in January as curator in charge of the Costume Institute. Koda, the coauthor of 20 books, will receive the Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship award. He will be in good company at the April 6 Colony Club event. This year’s Outstanding Patron will be Sir Paul Ruddock, a Met trustee who served as chairman of the Victoria and Albert Museum from 2007 until November. Presented by the Bard Graduate Center, the awards will also salute Michele Beiny Harkins as Outstanding Dealer and George Riello as Mid-Career Scholar.
In other news, The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum, will hand over its Designer of Excellence award to Bob Mackie on April 19. After the presentation, Hal Rubenstein will quiz Mackie about his career and encounters dressing such notables as Carol Burnett, Cher, Pink, Jennifer Lopez, The Jackson Five, Barbra Streisand, Katy Perry and Elton John.
Norma Kamali will be honored for helping to empower women and young girls on Tuesday at Inwood House’s annual gala. The designer plans to stay connected with Inwood House, which provides services to pregnant and parenting teenagers, after the Cipriani Wall Street gala. Having mentored high school students since 1988, Kamali plans to put the skills to use with teenagers at Inwood House, a spokeswoman for Kamali said.
Another New York designer, Carmen Marc Valvo, will be the guest of honor at LIM Fashion Education Foundation’s first annual fashion show and luncheon on April 8 at the Club Quarters’ Terrace Club, which will benefit scholarships for accomplished LIM students. Guests will also have the option of buying his dresses and jewelry.