By Dione M. Davis
The legendary American designer Michael Kors will be presented the 2013 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion by the Museum at FIT today. The exclusive luncheon will be hosted by Hilary Swank at Lincoln Center, ushering in New York Fashion Week.
I was one of many lucky people who got to see MK in person at Macy’s Herald Square during Fashion’s Night Out 2012. He appeared cool, calm and collected in his shades as he was escorted by security through his shoe section after an autograph signing, which was the biggest I’ve ever seen.
When I hear the name Michael Kors, I immediately think of his watches which have become classic timepieces. My second thought of him is as a judge on Project Runway where he gave it to designers raw and un-cut. Although he seemed brash at times, he earned it as alum of FIT and a pioneer in the fashion industry. Some people need tough love, and he was there to give it to the hopeful designers.
He hasn’t forgotten his journey and recently endowed the Michael Kors Scholarship at FIT with a $1,000,000 gift to assist a Fashion Design student, which will be awarded annually. The full ride covering all costs associated with a bachelor’s degree will include the opportunity to gain experience as an intern at Michael Kors.
I attended FIT in the late 1970s, and the school provided a totally comprehensive curriculum for fashion design that is unparalleled, said Kors. Since my days there, it has evolved and become even stronger. It makes me so excited to see the potential talent that has been helped by this school, and I look forward to seeing that continue.