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Thom Browne To Be Honored at 2013 Pratt Fashion Show Benefit

Pratt Institute Fashion Visionary Award Recipient Thom Browne.Pratt's senior class of fashion designers will present their final thesis collections at the 2013 Pratt Fashion Show on Thursday, April 25. Renowned American designer Thom Browne will be honored with the 2013 Pratt Institute Fashion Visionary Award.

Featuring collections pre-selected by a panel of industry experts and press, the show will take place at 6 PM at Center548 at 548 West 22nd Street in Manhattan. A cocktail benefit in honor of Browne will follow at The Top of the Standard at 848 Washington Street in Manhattan. Tickets to the 6 PM fashion show and the 7:30 PM benefit are available for purchase at pratt.edu/fashionshowProceeds from ticket sales will benefit student scholarships and the Department of Fashion. Funding for the fashion show was awarded in part through a competitive grant presented to Pratt by the Importer Support Program of the Cotton Board and managed by Cotton Incorporated.      

"No American sportswear designer better represents the aspirations of Pratt fashion than Thom Browne. His highly conceptual runway presentations and impeccable craftsmanship have set standards for excellence and originality that push forward and inspire our fashion students to do the same," said Jennifer Minniti, Chair of Pratt's Department of Fashion. "Browne revolutionized menswear, not only by changing the cut and silhouette, but by changing the conversation, and is now doing the same for womenswear. His ability to reconcile art and commerce is extraordinary and surely the key to the future vitality of American fashion."

Browne is founder and head of design of Thom Browne, an impeccably tailored menswear and womenswear brand based in New York City. Browne's traditionally-based handmade suits have evolved into designs that have drawn attention from the fashion and design industry worldwide. His work was most recently seen on an international stage when First Lady Michelle Obama donned an original navy bespoke coat and dress design at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. No stranger to Washington, he was honored with the 2012 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for fashion at a White House luncheon hosted by Michelle Obama in July 2012. He was also honored with the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award in 2006.

Browne began his business with five suits and by appointment only in 2001 and introduced his ready-to-wear collection in 2003. The Thom Browne collection is available at luxury specialty stores around the world, including Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys New York, New York; Colette, Paris; Harrods and Dover Street Market, London; and Isetan, Restir, and United Arrows, Tokyo. 

Past Pratt Fashion Show honorees include Fern Mallis, Hamish Bowles, Catherine Malandrino, Carmen Marc Valvo, Narciso Rodriguez, and Diane von Furstenberg.

For tickets, please click here.
Additional information: email fashionshow@pratt.edu or call 718-399-4548
Press inquiries: email press@pratt.edu

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