‘The Couture Council’ of FIT Meets for the First Time:

From left: Dr. Valerie Steele, director, The Museum at FIT; designer

Zac Posen, Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president, Fashion Institute of

Technology; and Elizabeth T. Peek, chairperson, The Couture Council.

The Couture Council was launched at a private event held on December 8 at the Tribeca studio of Zac Posen, where council members gathered to hear the designer describe how he finds inspiration for his collections. Mr. Posen showed images and fabric swatches that inspire him, along with finished garments.

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) recently announced the formation of the Couture Council, a membership group designed to help enhance exhibitions, conserve FIT’s extensive, world-class costume and textile collections, fund acquisitions, and improve facilities.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for those with a passion for the fashion arts to support the only museum in New York City dedicated entirely to fashion,” said Dr. Valerie Steele, director of the museum. “It’s also an excellent way to meet and become part of a circle of informed fashion enthusiasts.”

Elizabeth T. Peek, an investment analyst, journalist and philanthropist, has been appointed the first chairperson of the Couture Council. There are 30 founding members in this rapidly growing organization.

Benefits of membership include invitations to exclusive events and private viewings, admittance to museum educational programs, acknowledgements in exhibition galleries and printed materials, and complimentary publications.

For more information contact: Loretta Lawrence Keane, VP for Communications and External Relations or Judith Schwantes Acting Assistant Director of College Relations at (212) 217-7642.



Ernest Schmatolla is publisher of Lookonline since 1994. It is the longest running fashion site on the Internet.

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