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November 09, 2015

“An Evening Honoring Valentino” Lincoln Center Corporate Fund Gala December 7, 2015

Fashion Lincoln Center

Contact: Eileen McMahon

[email protected]






Valentino Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli to be Honored;

Debbie Harry to Perform


New York, NY (November 9, 2015) - Lincoln Center’s Corporate Fund will host An Evening Honoring Valentino on Monday, December 7, 2015, in Alice Tully Hall. Valentino Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli will be presented with The Women’s Leadership Award, and Alice Tully Hall will also house an exclusive one-night-only installation of Valentino’s Mirabilia Romae Fall 2015 Haute Couture collection.


The evening is a fundraiser for the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, which raises crucial unrestricted financial support for ten resident arts organizations on the Lincoln Center campus. The co-chairs of An Evening Honoring Valentino Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli are Katherine Farley, Lincoln Center Chair; Steven R. Swartz, CEO of Hearst; Glenda Bailey, Editor in Chief of Harper’s Bazaar; Gabriela Perezutti Hearst and Austin Hearst; Marigay McKee and Bill Ford and Carmen Busquets, Founder of Moda Operandi and CoutureLab, and Mira Duma, CEO and Founder of Buro 24/7 Int.


The incomparable Debbie Harry is scheduled to perform and will be joined by Blondie keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen as part of the gala evening, which will also include a cocktail reception, the awards presentation, and dinner. 


The Host Committee for the gala, still in formation, includes Haley Bennett, Lizzy Caplan, Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy, Miroslava Duma, Lady Gaga, Olivia Harrison, Anne Hathaway, Lydia Hearst, Nicole Kidman, Lenny Kravitz, Zoe Kravitz, Diane Kruger, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Mara, James Marsden, Alexi Ashe Meyers and Seth Myers, Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl, Robbie Fairchild and Tiler Peck, Sunrise and Mark Ruffalo, and Olivia Wilde. 


“We thank our friends at Hearst and the house of Valentino for their generosity and vision in helping us create this spectacular night at Lincoln Center, one that will give support to ten of the resident organizations at Lincoln Center,” said Katherine Farley, Lincoln Center Chair.


“Maria Grazia and Pierpaolo took over a legendary fashion house, but they have already built their own legacy,” Bailey said. “They have reshaped what is desirable in fashion. I can’t think of two more worthy people to celebrate with this year’s honor and award. They may have invented the Rockstud, but they are rock stars."


Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s approach is defined by their sense of the contemporary, nourished by contrasts and love for a mélange of visual, artistic and literary influences, synthesized in a vibrant and distinctive design. A fusion of styles and languages is the key to their method.


Maria Grazia and Pierpaolo studied at the European Institute of Design in Rome and crossed paths in Fendi’s design studio. They immediately worked well together and their strong professional relationship has always been based on dialog, mutual admiration, and a focus on the present.


Valentino Garavani saw their work and invited them to join him in 1999, giving them the task of creating an accessories line that interpreted the Couture spirit of the fashion house. The result was a collection with an unusual balance of tradition and innovation.


In September 2008, a year following Mr. Garavani’s decision to retire, Maria Grazia and Pierpaolo were appointed Creative Directors of Valentino. The fashion house took a new path. Backed by technical expertise fiercely protected in the ateliers of Piazza Mignanelli, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli began writing a new page in the history of the company. The perspective changed and Valentino’s ideal woman evolved. Condensed and simplified, the grace and precious delicacy that have always been a part of Valentino’s DNA are now contemporary and full of contrasts. The spirit of time has entered the atelier and changed the cards on the table.


In June 2015 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, the Council of Fashion Designers of America paid tribute to the creative vision of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli and the international success that Maison Valentino has obtained since 2008 with the International Designers of the Year award.


Maria Grazia and Pierpaolo consider creative direction a total design project in which clothes, accessories, shoes and even store interiors – the last entrusted to David Chipperfield – create a system of signs. Everything, without exception, expresses Valentino style. The message is timeless modernity. Heritage and style, tradition and innovation coexist in the concept of a new future.


The name Debbie Harry evokes many images: seminal rock-n-roll figure, complex songstress, incandescent front woman and fashion icon. As a vibrant global force and a shaper of pop culture, Debbie's chart-topping success, fearless spirit and extraordinary longevity led to an induction into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame for Blondie in 2006, more than 40 million albums sold worldwide and acclaimed solo projects to boot. With Blondie, undeniably one of the most trailblazing and influential bands of our time, she and co-founder Chris Stein brought the worlds of rock, punk, disco and ska together with "Heart of Glass" and "Call Me" and broke ground by combining hip-hop and pop on "Rapture." Her spectacular voice drips with a sophisticated elegance rarely heard in pop music and she continues to infuse her work with an exquisite artistic sensibility. She has even engaged in an acting career with over 30 film and television roles to her credit. Debbie Harry is a true national treasure, whose influence continues to impact the worlds of music, fashion and art.


For TICKETS to An Evening Honoring Valentino on Monday, December 7, contact Arlene Graime, Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, 212.875.5467, [email protected].  




For more information on Debbie Harry and Blondie, please contact:

Linda Carbone / Sarah Usher / Carla Senft [email protected]  / [email protected] / [email protected]


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