The Couture Council will honor Manolo Blahnik with its 2015 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion on Sept. 9 with the award presented by Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley. Dr. Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT and chair of the Couture Council Advisory Board, commented, “It was Manolo who kicked off contemporary fashion’s obsession with shoes.”
FIT president, Dr. Joyce F. Brown, said, “Manolo Blahnik is one of the world’s most accomplished and influential footwear designers. Superbly crafted in the finest materials, his highly coveted shoes—which have been called ‘magical totems of success and femininity’—reflect his timeless and singular vision. We are delighted to be honoring him.”
The Couture Council of The Museum of FIT is a group dedicated to supporting The Museum of FIT. The Couture Council Award is chosen by an advisory board made up of journalists, editors, retailers and curators and honors someone who has made a lifetime of contributions to fashion. Past recipients of the Couture Council Award include Carolina Herrera (2014), Michael Kors (2013) and Oscar de la Renta (2012).
Blahnik said, “It is one of the greatest accolades of my life to be awarded the 2015 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.” He added, “I very much admire the Couture Council’s invaluable support of The Museum at FIT. It is imperative that we cultivate the culture of fashion and continue educating about design and artisanship. The museum does just that and in very clever and innovative ways. After all it is fashion that makes the world so much more colorful and interesting, so we must nurture and celebrate talent.”