Evening gown by Natalia Rodriguez, B.F.A. ’10, Photo by Rene Perez
New York-based French fashion designer Catherine Malandrino was the evening’s honoree, and received Pratt Institute’s Fashion Icon Award. Kim Hastreiter, editor in chief and publisher of PAPER magazine presented the award, praising Malandrino’s designs for reflecting “her natural generosity, her joie de vivre, and incredible enthusiasm for culture and people.”
In accepting the award, Malandrino said she had met Pratt students when they interned at her company and found them “very serious, very dedicated, very well-trained.” She described Pratt President Thomas F. Schutte as “a man of vision” and Pratt fashion faculty as “passionate individuals” who do their best to help students enter the fashion world.
“It’s not just about clothes,” said Malandrino. “It’s what we can do all together to create a world where everything can look better.”