Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

The Association of Sewing and Design Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to a person, organization, or business that has made a profound contribution to the goals that ASDP promotes: sewing, fashion, pattern making, writing, and/or education in the field of sewing and design. Nominations for the award are made by ASDP members.



Kenneth D King

Kenneth D. King is a New York-based, haute couturier, who specializes in evening wear.  Along with his private clientele, he has sold to boutiques across the country such as Maxfield in Los Angeles, Wilkes Bashford in San Francisco, and Ultimo in Chicago, San Francisco, and Dallas.  His work has appeared in music videos, television commercials, and on the red carpet for the Oscars. Kenneth’s work was exhibited in 2005 at the San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum; his work is also in the permanent collections of the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the L.A. County Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

You can view his work on his web site

King has released a DVD series with Threads Magazine, called "Smart Fitting with Kenneth D. King. Currently he teaches classes as an adjunct professor in the Haute Couture program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and was a Guest Professor for Haute Couture at Drexel University in Philadelphia in the spring of 2008.

Previous Award Recipients:

David Sassoon exhibit ASDP awarc

2012 - Janet Pray, Islander Sewing System

2011 - Pati Palmer

2010 - Fairchild Fashion Group

2009 - Betty Kirke

2008 - David Sassoon

2007 - Threads Magazine

2006 - Helen Joseph Armstrong

2005 - Susan Khalje

2004 - Roberta Carr

2003 - Claire Shaeffer

2002 - Charles Kleibacker

Bette Kirke Pati Palmer McCalls
Susan Khalje photo Claire Shaeffer

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