Stephanie Winston Wolkoff is widely recognized for her contributions to the American fashion industry.
In May 2012, Wolkoff announced the launch of SWW Creative, a new agency that will provide innovative collaborations within the spheres of fashion, beauty and entertainment. Clients include IMG Fashion Worldwide, Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. SWW Creative forges personal and professional relationships across global power industries; advising brands, companies and individuals as they seek to build advantageous ventures and superlative initiatives.
Prior to SWW Creative, in November 2009, Wolkoff became the founding Fashion Director of Lincoln Center, and oversaw the relocation of New York City’s biannual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. In addition, she supervised every aspect of Lincoln Center-based Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week events, and coordinated an ambitious year-round initiative of fashion-related programming at Lincoln Center including, playing host to the CFDA Awards, international conferences and designer lecture series and Lincoln Center Presents: An Evening with Ralph Lauren hosted by Oprah Winfrey.
Playing an integral role in the fashion industry, Wolkoff is a consultant to IMG Fashion, connecting with a common voice the various constituencies that come together to organize Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as well as consulting on and helping to create solutions supporting IMG Fashion's overarching mission to facilitate a gateway to the fashion world - from creation to consumer. Additionally, she works closely with the Mayor’s Special Projects and Community Events office to facilitate city wide initiatives, the Department of Education, and the New York City Housing Authority.
A sterling pedigree in the world of fashion publication prepared Wolkoff for her Lincoln Center position. For over a decade, Wolkoff served as director of special events at Vogue magazine, working closely with and being mentored by Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour in overseeing and producing major events for Vogue, Men’s Vogue, and Vogue Living; the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, 7th on Sale, to name a few.
Wolkoff finds time for active involvement in several charitable and community causes, including the Food Allergy Initiative, Baby Buggy, New Yorkers for Children, and the Central Park Conservancy. Wolkoff was honored by her high school, Suffield Academy, with their Alumni Leadership Award; the Albert Einstein School of Medicine’s Spirit of Achievement Award, and this year she is being honored by the UJA at their Women of Influence event, as well as, by The Gordon Parks Foundation at their Annual Awards Dinner celebrating creativity, along with Karl Lagerfeld, Spike Lee and Sir Ken Robinson.
She lives with her husband and three young children in her native New York City.