Christian Louboutin was chosen for his lifelong dedication to the art and craft of fashion by a distinguished advisory committee, chaired by Dr Valerie Steele, Director of MFIT, and which includes Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar and Hamish Bowles, International Editor-at-Large of Vogue. “Christian Louboutin is a brilliant designer whose shoes are made with exquisite craftsmanship,” said Dr Joyce F. Brown, President, FIT. “He is also a wonderful friend to FIT who has not only donated his shoes to the museum, where they have appeared in several exhibitions, but he has often, and with great enthusiasm, spoken with our students.”

In 1992, Louboutin was working at his desk, contemplating an unsatisfactory prototype of a shoe while his assistant polished her nails. He grabbed her bottle of nail colour and painted the whole sole a vivid and lacquered red. The Christian Louboutin signature red sole was born. Today, his collections also comprise sneakers, leather goods and accessories.

The award ceremony and luncheon at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City herald the arrival of fall New York Fashion Week. This year’s Couture Council luncheon coincides with MFIT’s ‘Paris, Capital of Fashion’ exhibition, which explores how and why Paris became the international capital of fashion, and will feature 23 pairs of shoes, including an exquisite made-to-order design by Christian Louboutin, and approximately 100 fashion ensembles and accessories, dating from the 18th century to the present.