Tuesday, March 13, 2007

FIT's Couture Council Honors Susan Tabak


From left, Jade Dressler, Susan Tabak’s publicist; Patricia Mears (deputy director, the Museum at FIT), Susan Tabak, author; and Vanessa Vasquez (The Museum at FIT)

(Press Release) The Couture Council of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) held a luncheon and book-signing recently at Doubles Club in the Sherry-Netherland hotel honoring Susan Tabak, author of CHIC IN PARIS - Style Secrets and Best Addresses. In her book, she reveals the style secrets and favorite places that enable eight glamorous French women to achieve their special elegance.

Herself a style icon, Susan Tabak, born in New York, has long admired the French sensibility and love for life, “Parisians have more imagination. They play with fashion and they are themselves not just a walking advertisement from a magazine—the total look from one label is out.”

Patricia Mears, deputy director of the museum, hosted the event, which was attended by Couture Council members and guests, including journalist Elizabeth T. Peek, Cece Black, Mariana Kaufman, and Coco Kopelman.

Formed in December 2004, the Couture Council is a membership group designed to help enhance museum exhibitions, conserve FIT’s extensive, world-class costume and textile collections, fund acquisitions, and improve facilities.

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.

“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, museum director and chief curator. “It’s also an excellent way to meet and become part of a circle of informed fashion enthusiasts.”

The Museum at FIT houses one of the world’s most important collections of fashion and textiles. It is the first museum in the United States to offer a permanent exhibition of 250 years of fashion and textile history. Every six months, approximately 100 new objects are chosen. The museum’s costume collection encompasses 50,000 objects dating from the 18th century, with particular strength in 20th-century fashion. The textile collection includes 30,000 textiles from the 6th to the 21st centuries. The museum also presents changing thematic exhibitions, both scholarly and artistic.

For more information about joining the Couture Council contact:
Brenda Pérez
FIT Director of Media Relations (212) 217-5967.

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