Fashion Institute of Technology Foundation to
Jewelry Designer & Philanthropist Joan Hornig
Hornig to Wear Evening Gown Created by F I T
Internationally acclaimed jewelry designer Joan
brilliant creations have dazzled at red carpet events around
the world will be honored by the Fashion Institute of
Technology Foundation at the Foundation’s annual gala,
Monday, June 9, 2014 at Cipriani 42nd Street. The
Foundation will also honor Board Chair, Dr.
Jay Baker and Linda
Fargo, Senior VP, Fashion Office and Store Presentation,
Always one of New York’s most glamorous
events, the Gala is chaired by Pamela
Baxter, Joy Herfel Cronin, Victoria Elenowitz, Yaz
Hernandez, Jane Hertzmark Hudis, and Liz
In 2003, jewelry designer
Joan Hornig launched a jewelry collection with a distinct
concept that has impacted the way people select jewelry in
better stores throughout America such as Bergdorf Goodman.
Her idea was to design statement pieces that enhance a
woman's beauty by making her feel as beautiful as she looks.
Joan donates 100% of her profits 100% of the time to the
charity of the customer's choice. This unique business model
enables women of all ages, means, and taste to join Joan in
combining passion for beauty, individuality and giving back.
Ms. Hornig’s unique creations coupled with
her mantra that “Philanthropy is beautiful” immediately
clicked with Hollywood’s fashion trend setters including Cameron
Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Meg Ryan, Elizabeth Moss, Eva Mendes,
Zoe Saldana, HaydenPanettierre, Elizabeth Olsen, Sophia
Bush, Selena Gomez, Lori
Paquin, Frieda Pinto, Adina Porter, Emma Stone, Hillary
Duff, Jessica Alba, Lupita Nyong’o, Brittany
Ferrera – a
veritable who’s who of young
Since the launch of her jewelry line, Joan
now offers a collection for everyone: the Signature
Collection of 18k gold, precious and semi-precious stones,
the Silver Lining Collection, the Boldly Brass Joan Line,
the Horn (Increase Giving), the Tools for Giving Collection,
as well as chic and practical iPhone accessories and
regenerated leather items. Most recently, in November 2013,
Joan launched her fashion jewelry line, Giving
Rocks on HSN.
A successful Wall Street professional for
over 20 years, philanthropist & jewelry designer Joan
her profits through her own Joan B. Hornig Foundation. To
date, the Joan B. Hornig Foundation has donated to more than
800 worthy initiatives around the world addressing issues
such as education, medical research, social services, the
arts, animal rights, and environmental protection.
Ms. Hornig is a firm believer in the concept
of mentoring. Most recently, she addressed a group of
budding entrepreneurs, members of Ivy Untapped at the
Columbia Club to share her own unique journey and offer
advice to the next generation of business leaders.
And as a member of F I T’s Board of Trustees,
she has kept a sharp eye out for talented designers and
singled out for support young FIT alumna Claudia
made her well received debut at the recent Fashion Week and
saw one of her elegant evening gowns grace the red carpet at
the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala.
Hornig has followed Ottaviano’s development as she
apprenticed under masters Marc
Jacobs and Oscar
de la Renta and
later in her job with Marchesa. To help bring attention to
the young designer and to focus on the school’s unique
position in fashion, Ms. Hornig will be wearing one of Ms.
Ottaviano’s beautiful creations to the awards gala. As a
trustee, Ms. Hornig hopes to help highlight what FIT is all
about - the identification of talent, the nurturing of it,
and the impact on a large global industry in addition to New
On May 10, 2014, Ms.
Hornig received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor
Award for her business acumen, humanitarianism and
philanthropy joining an impressive club of previous award
winners that includes six
Presidents of the United States, Nobel Prize recipient Elie
Wiesel, Generals Norman
Schwarzkopf and Colin
Powell, Hon. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. John McCain,
Muhammad Ali, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Walters, Mike Wallace,
Quincy Jones, Bob
Fleming,Tony Blair, Michael
Di Maggio - just
to name a few – all who have distinguished themselves
through their significant contributions to this country.