Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri to receive FIT Couture Council award – WWD

Maria Grazia Chiuri, artistic director of women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessories collections for Dior, will be honored by the Museum’s Couture Council at FIT. She will receive the 2022 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion during a luncheon Sept. 7 at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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“I am honored and delighted that my work has been recognized with the prestigious Couture Council Award for Fashion Art,” said Chiuri. “This prize reinforces my conviction about the importance today of carrying out a project in which research, experimentation, know-how and commitment are our daily challenges.

Chiuri is one of the fashion industry‘s most successful designers, known for her transformative artistic vision and genuine understanding of the needs of contemporary women.

“Maria Grazia Chiuri believes that fashion is a fundamental part of life and therefore designs – with elegance and grace – for women of all sizes, ages and shapes,” said Dr Joyce F Brown, president of FIT. “Her vision – that you can be both feminist and feminine – is reflected in her collections. For budding designers, like FIT students, she is an inspiration, and it is an honor for us to recognize her work and her contributions to the fashion world.

Since joining Dior in 2016, Chiuri has focused on universal empowerment and unity while creating feminist-inspired collections that help women express their true, multi-faceted identity. Prior to Dior, Chiuri worked for 17 years at Valentino, first as an accessories designer (after a successful run designing handbags at Fendi) and later as co-creative director. Among her achievements, she was decorated in the name of the President of the French Republic, with the insignia of Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur by Marlène Schiappa, French Secretary of State for Gender Equality. The prize rewards her contribution to fashion and haute couture and to the influence of France and Dior in the world.

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“We are proud to honor Maria Grazia Chiuri with the 2022 Couture Council Award,” said Dr. Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of FIT. “As [Chiuri] says, “When you’re a woman making women’s clothes, fashion isn’t just about how you look; it’s about how you feel and what you think.

Past recipients of the Couture Council Award are Wes Gordon, Christian Louboutin, Narciso Rodriguez, Thom Brown, Albert Kriemler of Akris, Manolo Blahnik, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld, Dries Van Noten, Isabel Toledo, Alber Elbaz and Ralph Rucci. In 2008, Giorgio Armani received a special award for Global Fashion Leadership.

The Museum at FIT’s next exhibition, “Dior + Balenciaga: Types of Couture and Their Legacies,” will be on view from Wednesday.

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