Christian Louboutin to Receive 2019 Couture Council Award

The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT will honor iconic footwear designer Christian Louboutin with its 2019 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion on Wednesday, September 4, during a luncheon at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. Each year, the event benefits Museum of FIT, which is exclusively dedicated to the art of fashion. The annual award ceremony and luncheon herald the arrival of fall New York Fashion Week. This year’s will be co-chaired by Melissa Mafrige-Mithoff and Amelia Ogunlesi.

Christian Louboutin (Courtesy of Jose Castellar)

Louboutin was chosen for his lifelong dedication to the art and craft of fashion by a distinguished advisory committee chaired by Dr. Valerie Steele, director of MFIT. Additional committee members include Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar; Hamish Bowles, international editor-at-large of Vogue; Ken Downing, chief creative officer of Triple Five Group; and Linda Fargo, senior vice president of fashion and store presentation director at Bergdorf Goodman.

“To be recognized by The Museum at FIT’s esteemed Couture Council is a great honor,” Louboutin said. “While my designs have roots in Paris, I feel very lucky to have access to some of the most specialized craftsmanship in the world. That has allowed me to push my creative boundaries and celebrate exclusivity and self-empowerment through cultural exchange.”

FIT’s 2018 Couture Council Luncheon. (Courtesy of Patrick McMullan)