In collaboration with The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT (MFIT), board member and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and Angela Dotson co–chaired a luncheon honoring Narciso Rodriguez with the 2018 Artistry of Fashion Award at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. The award ceremony and luncheon raised in excess of $850,000 to benefit The Museum at FIT. The fashion industry’s top editorial voices, visionaries, plus distinguished and aspiring designers were all in attendance at the award ceremony that has, traditionally, welcomed the arrival of the Mercedez-Benz New York Fashion Week every year.
Notable attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, Narciso Rodriguez, Dr. Joyce F. Brown, Angela Dotson, Dr. Valerie Steele, Glenda Bailey, Olivia Palermo, Martha Stewart, Ariadna Vera Bustindui, Jessica Seinfeld, Thom Brown, Julie Macklowe, Hamish Bowles, Ken Downing, Linda Fargo, Nicole Fischelis, Akiko Fukai, Pamela Golbin, Josie Natorie, Victor dE Souza, Fern Mallis, Kamie Lightburn, Patricia Mears, Suzy Menkes, Caroline Milbank, David Patrick Columbia, Hal Rubenstein, Leticia Presutti, Fe Fendi, Pj Pascual, Valerie Simpson, NY State Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright, Ann Rapp, Ernest Schmatolla, Marilyn Kirschner, Elizabeth Musmanno, B. Michael, Yaz Hernandez, Liz Peek, Eleanora Kennedy, Stephanie March, Audrey Gruss, Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
As a volunteer fundraiser, leader, and spokesperson for several charitable causes, philanthropist Jean Shafiroff shares the sentiment that Narciso Rodriguez is truly deserving of the 2018 Artistry of Fashion award. There is a correlation between Shafiroffs committment to female empowerment and Rodriguez’s empowering fashion designs. He designs clothing for women to make them feel strong and beautiful whether it be a power lunch, a boardroom meeting or to stand equally alongside a man in a suit. As a powerful women, philanthropist, volunteer fundraiser and chairwoman for notable causes, Jean found his designs and the message they uphold noble. Jean, herself, is a connoisseur of timeless style and elegant gala fashion supporting up-and-coming as well as established fashion designers.
The 2018 Couture Council Award Ceremony began with cocktails on the terrace of the David H. Koch Theater. Following the lively cocktail hour, guests entered the theater’s promenade for a three-course lunch, catered by Olivier Cheng. The terrace was decorated and designed with beautiful floral arrangements by Bronson van Wyck of Van Wyck & Van Wyck event production company.
Board member and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff of The Couture Council at MFIT is committed to conserving the extraordinary collections at The Museum at FIT, the only museum dedicated to the art of fashion. The Couture Council‘s contributions have made it possible for the museum to mount world-class exhibitions that educate and inspire, to build and conserve the extraordinary collections, and to organize free public programs that serve the Fashion Institute of Technology‘s 10,000 students, as well as the general public.
Photo Credit: Gonzalo Marroquin /PMC © Patrick McMullan
About Jean Shafiroff
Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist, activist, humanitarian, and author of Successful Philanthropy: How To Make A Life By What You Give, is at the vanguard of a new movement of modern philanthropists. Jean’s philanthropy goes beyond financial contributions and includes the gifts of extensive time and knowledge. Through her work, she encourages and seeks to empower all individuals to become philanthropists so that they can build the fulfillment of giving into their lives.
A volunteer fundraiser, leader and spokesperson for several charitable causes, the spectrum of Jean’s philanthropic work includes improving the lives of underserved populations, women’s rights and well-being, health care, animal welfare and resources for children in need, in addition to other causes. Jean serves on the boards of New York City Mission Society, French Heritage Society, Couture Council (Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology), Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (20+ years), Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Honorary Board, Southampton Bath & Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation, and Global Strays. In addition, Jean is an Ambassador for the American Humane Society and the Ambassador-at-large for the Southampton Animal Shelter. She is a New York Women’s Foundation Board Alumna who remains very active with the Foundation and women’s issues.
Widely recognized for her philanthropic work, Jean has been recognized and featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Gotham Magazine, The New York Times, Hello, Hola, New York Social Diary, Avenue, Hamptons Magazine, and The Huffington Post, among others.
Jean works closely with the multiple causes she supports. Each year she chairs numerous galas and hosts events benefiting numerous not-for-profit organizations. She is well-known for her leadership in raising money for many charities, including the Southampton Hospital, New York City Mission Society, New York Women’s Foundation and the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. Jean is often a guest speaker on TV and radio shows throughout the country. The subjects she speaks about include philanthropy, human rights, fashion and animal welfare.
Jean has been honored by several organizations including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, New York City Mission Society, Youth Counseling League, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Surgeons of Hope, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, Pet Philanthropy Circle, Animal Zone International, NYC International Film Festival, 2018 Women’s Leadership Awards hosted by NY State Assembly Woman Rebecca Seawright, and Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.
Jean holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and a BS in physical therapy from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has worked both in public finance and private partnerships on Wall Street. Prior to that, she was a physical therapist at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. Jean is married to Martin Shafiroff, an investment advisor, and together they have two daughters who share their mother’s interest in charitable causes. Jean and her family reside in both New York City and Southampton, NY.
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