On September 7, the Couture Council of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology plans to honor legendary couture designer Valentino Garavani with a coveted award celebrating his artistic vision in fashion design. The accolade, for Artistry of Fashion, has previously been awarded to the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Alber Elbaz, Dries Van Noten, Isabel Toledo, Giorgio Armani, and Ralph Rucci.
For nearly five decades, Valentino has designed some of the world's most coveted haute couture gowns and subsequently dressed icons such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, and Daphne Guinness. Renowned for his romantic aesthetic in design, with a prominent affection for passionate reds and lovely roses, Valentino's house is one of the four foreign members of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.
Valentino has since retired from design in 2008.