DALLAS, Mar 21, 2009 / FW/ — One of the most important events in FIT’s calendar, “One Person, One Company, One College Make A Difference” gala feted Steve Sadove, chairman and CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue Thursday night in recognition of his leadership in the retail industry. New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presented Sadove the award.
A gathering of the fashion and related industries’ leaders and prime movers, “One Person, One Company, One College Make A Difference” is also the fundraising event for FIT’s Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, which assists the college with scholarships, technology, and student services, among other priorities.
“Steve Sadove has long been a great advocate of education and a valued friend of FIT,’ said Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT.
“We are fortunate to have an industry leader such as Steve recognize that FIT’s students are tomorrow’s industry talent and that it is, therefore, prudent and wise to ensure that they receive a top-notch education in order to infuse the fashion business with ongoing intelligence, energy, and inspiration. We are immensely appreciative of his support and proud to honor him,” Dr. Brown added.
Among those who joined FIT and Mayor Bloomberg in honoring Steve Sadove are Carolina Herrera, Jason Wu, Peter Som, Olivia Chantecaille, Fern Mallis, Steven Kolb, Amy Astley, Susan Failles Hill, Daniel Peres and Sarah Wynter, Robbie Meyers and Joe Zee, Josie Natori, Stacy Bendet Eisner, Jay Strongwater, Diana Taylor, Giorgio Canali, Roger Farah, Andrew Rosen, Marco Giacometti, Pamela Baxter, Henri Barguirdjian, Caroline Brown, Ron Frasch and Tom Florio.
As a special feature of this year’s gala, twenty FIT students majoring in Accessories Design have been invited to demonstrate their creativity and talent to interpret black pumps, donated by Saks, as New York landmarks, such as the Empire State Building or the Brooklyn Bridge, using CRYSTALLIZEDTM – Swarovski Elements.
The shoes were on display throughout the evening, during which guests had the opportunity to vote on their favorite creation. The winner of the challenge received a $2,500 stipend, and all of the designs will be featured in 10022-SHOE, Saks Fifth Avenue’s designer shoe salon.
Photos courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue