The Fashionistas and The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology Form Partnership To Promote Fashion

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Several Fashionistas attended the Couture Council Awards Ceremony in September, and I am looking forward to coming down to Dallas next spring to speak to The Fashionistas.

Heidi Dillon, founder and CEO of The Fashionistas (http://www.thefashionistas.org), based in Dallas, today announced an innovative and groundbreaking partnership between The Fashionistas and the Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City (http://www.fitnyc.edu/museum).

FIT is home to one of the most highly regarded fashion museums in the world, dedicated to the advancement of fashion knowledge. Dillon has been working closely with Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of the museum, on the details of the partnership.

The affiliation will further promote fashion as a significant art form, bringing remarkable educational and artistic programming, as well as legendary fashion icons, to Dallas. The inaugural program is slated for spring 2009.    

Proactively working together, The Museum at FIT and The Fashionistas will share knowledge and insight to create synergy in and around the current fashion environment at the local, national, and international levels.

"The Fashionistas represent the cultural and economic bridge between Dallas and the international fashion world," said Dillon. "We are thrilled about our partnership with The Museum at FIT. The tremendous educational and artistic benefits that the partnership will provide to both Dallas and the international fashion community are priceless."

"The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT is delighted to partner with The Fashionistas," said Dr. Steele. "Several Fashionistas attended the Couture Council Awards Ceremony in September, and I am looking forward to coming down to Dallas next spring to speak to The Fashionistas."

About The Fashionistas
The Fashionistas, founded in 2005 by Heidi Dillon, is an inclusive community outreach organization focusing on educating the public regarding the art, history, culture, and business of fashion and its significant contribution to Dallas as an international fashion center. The Fashionistas is open to all fashion enthusiasts who share a love and appreciation for fashion. For more information about The Fashionistas, visit http://www.thefashionistas.org.

About the Museum at FIT
Founded in 1967, The Museum at FIT is the only museum in New York City dedicated solely to the art of fashion. Best known for its innovative and award-winning exhibitions, which have been described by Roberta Smith in The New York Times as "ravishing," the museum has a collection of more than 50,000 garments and accessories dating from the 18th century to the present. Like other fashion museums, such as the Musée de la Mode, the Mode Museum and the Museo de la Moda, The Museum at FIT collects, conserves, documents, exhibits, and interprets fashion. The museum's mission is to advance knowledge of fashion through exhibitions, publications, and public programs. Visit http://www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

The museum is part of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a college of art and design, business and technology educating more than 10,000 students annually. FIT, a college of the State University of New York (SUNY), offers more than 43 majors leading to the AAS, BFA, BS, MA, and MPS degrees. Visit http://www.fitnyc.edu.

The Couture Council is a membership group of fashion enthusiasts that helps support the exhibitions and programs of The Museum at FIT. The Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion is given to a selected designer at a benefit luncheon held in the Rainbow Room every September. For information on the Couture Council, call 212-217-4532 or e-mail couturecouncil@fitnyc.edu.

For FIT:
Loretta Lawrence Keane
Vice President for Advancement and External Relations

Cheri Fein
Acting Director of Media Relations
(212) 217-4700
press@fitnyc.edu

For The Fashionistas:            
Amy Power
(214) 618-3318
amy@powerpublicrelations.com        

Melanie O'Brien (972) 951-3933        
melanie@powerpublicrelations.com        

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