While the New York fashion world was consumed by the CFDA Awards yesterday, the Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology quietly announced that Thom Browne will be honored at a benefit luncheon for The Museum at FIT.
The organization will be giving Browne the 2017 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion, which has previously gone to such designers as Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld, and Dries Van Noten.
“I want to thank the Couture Council for this award,” the designer said in a statement. “Winning the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion is such an overwhelming honor—an honor that is humbling, seeing who has received the award in the past. I only hope to be able to live up to the expectations that comes with its acceptance.”
Browne was chosen by an international committee (including Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo, editors Hamish Bowles and Suzy Menkes, and curator Pamela Golbin, to name a few) for his creativity in both design and his fashion shows, which have become a highlight of New York fashion week, and Paris men’s week.
“Newcomers to his shows can be so overwhelmed by his image-making that they mistakenly assume his clothes must be unwearable,” Valerie Steele, fashion historian and chair of the Couture Council, mused in a statement. “But in fact, Thom’s clothes are surprisingly classic and incredibly well-made. He’s stayed true to his vision and made a real impact on fashion.”
The luncheon ceremony will be held September 6.