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Parsons School of Design Intimate Apparel Design Contest – “Mosaic Visions”

This Intimate Apparel Design Contest featured the work of six students from the Parsons School of Design under the theme “Mosaic Visions” and took place on May 17th, 2017 at the Fashion Group International, Inc. in New York City. This was The Underfashion Club’s second annual contest featuring the work of Parsons students. These contests support the future of the intimate apparel industry by identifying and rewarding talented young designers.

The evening’s featured speakers from AERIE were Jennifer Foyle, Global Brand President and Margaret Clougher, VP Production & Technical Design. Jennifer Foyle has been in retail for over 25 years and helped drive the AERIE REAL campaign, which forgoes photoshopping models and promotes body positivity, into the brand’s identity. Margaret Clougher is part of the design team responsible for making sure each size fits and feels great on a variety of bodies. Watch the interview on YouTube here.

The coordinators of the intimate apparel courses in the School of Design at Parson’s are Karen Rippy and Julia PoteatKaren teaches the 15 week lingerie course where the students utilize the mannequins the Underfashion Club, Inc. has provided. Julia worked in the intimate apparel industry for many years and was instrumental in bringing lingerie to the Parson’s School of Design. The course began about four years ago and has grown every semester. Watch the interview on YouTube here.

The six amazing student finalists from our Intimate Apparel Design Contest are Ayano Takami, Riju Ha, Byul “Stella” Han, Pauline Eichler, Yeqi “Alina” Fang, and Molinaa Mehta.

Design #1 – Mosaic Vision, by Ayano Takami
Inspired by mosaic patterns of light and shadow and the process of transforming what is invisible to visibility, Ayano’s intimate set resembles the shape of light. The garments are delicate and consist of a bra, garter panty, and coverup.

Design #2 – Beauty of Mosaic, by Riju Ha
Inspired by roses, Riju’s mosaic design uses carefully selected rose and mosaic patterns to create an intricate harmonic idea. The little pieces come together creating meaning and beauty. The garment is a sexy chemise over a bra and panty.

Design #3 – To Precious Myself by Byul “Stella” Han
Stella was inspired by internalized misogyny. Her collection aims to make women feel precious and happy just as they are. To express the mosaic vision, she created a traditional bojagi pattern over a bra and panty.

Design #4 – Mosaic Vision 2017, by Pauline Eichler
1st Prize Winner
Inspired by a dried rose, Pauline played with abstraction to develop her mosaic.  The bodysuit focuses on a bonded charmeuse mosaic pattern and the silk robe highlights the simple lines of the entire ensemble.

Design #5 – Mosaic Vision by Yeqi “Alina” Fang
2nd Prize Winner
Alina’s piece is very sexy and playful.  Meant to be easily opened,  the bra closure is placed on the side. The set includes a fluffy garter belt and V-shaped panty with laser cut patterns. A mask is included to complete the look.

Design #6 – Snow Queen by Molinaa Mehta
Moninaa was inspired by her obsession with fairy tales. In her piece she combined the shape of snowflakes and the muse of “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen. It is whimsical, feminine, and soft with pastel colors and snowflake details.

Attendees at the event voted for their favorite designs. Congratulations to 1st prize winner, Pauline Eichler who received $3,500, and 2nd prize winner, Yeqi “Alina” Fang who received $1,500.

 

 

See our photos from the reception on Facebook!

SENIOR BFA INTIMATE APPAREL STUDENT DESIGNS FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Members of the UNDERFASHION CLUB, INC. witnessed the creative abundance of talent at the senior exhibition held in the John E. Reeves Great Hall at FIT on April 25, 2017. These garments, along with other categories (Special Occasion, Sportswear, Knitwear and Childrenswear), were on display as a preview to the FUTURE OF FASHION, the graduating seniors fashion show that will be presented on Monday, May 8th at 7pm ET. Visit http://fashionshow.fitnyc.edu for more information.

These talented FIT students will be graduating in May and we spoke with a few students to gain some insight on their next steps after graduation.

Many thanks to Professor Alexandra Armillas for inviting us to the preview. We are looking forward to the fashion show!

FIT PROFESSOR ALEXANDRA ARMILLAS &
CLELIA PARISI, CO-CHAIR OF THE UFC SAIG COMMITTEE

 

PROFESSOR ALEXANDRA ARMILLAS WITH STUDENTS
NICOLE WILSON & ALLISON HOWMANN

 

Here is a peek at the 25 Intimate Apparel garments on display. The backs have just as much detail and look just as wonderful as the fronts!

 

BFA GRADUATING SENIOR GARMENTS


 


GRADUATING SENIOR KATELYN ZAWIERUCHA

UFC scholarship recipient Katelyn Zawierucha is graduating in May, has two of her garments in the senior exhibition, and is this year’s first place winner of the Underfashion Club’s student design contest, which is held annually in conjunction with the Club’s FEMMY Gala. Katelyn loves intimates and sleepwear (her pajama set will be in the fashion show) and is looking forward to securing her first position in the industry. She is very excited about her upcoming trip to Paris and the SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA LINGERIE in July generously provided by Eurovet/Curvexpo as part of Katelyn’s prize package. She is very much looking forward to shopping the stores and seeing the show for the first time; and we’re looking forward to following up with her after the trip to share her experiences.

 

KATELYN’S GARMENTS 


GRADUATING SENIOR ANNELISE DAVIS

Another talented UFC scholarship recipient is Annelise Davis. Regarding the Underfashion Club, Annelise said, “I would have not been able to make my garments without the assistance of the scholarship.” Annelise learned to make original appliques and unique closure techniques while working for a costume company but she holds a special place in her heart for intimate apparel. After graduation in May her goal is to work in the industry. 

ANNALISE DAVIS

ALLISON HOWMANN 

NICOLE WILSON

The Underfashion Club’s 2017 FEMMY Awards Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 FEMMY Awards Gala on January 31st at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City! You all looked so fabulous for the 59th annual celebration of this red-carpet-esque Intimate Apparel Industry event. A special thank you to our host Hal Rubenstein for his energizing presence, lending his talents for an evening full of love and support for fashion and education.

Hal Rubenstein is a writer, designer, critic and one of the founding editors at InStyle Magazine, where he served as fashion director for fifteen years, after being a style director at The New York Times Magazine for five years. Since 1995 he has been a frequent red carpet and fashion commentator for Good Morning America, The Today Show, Extra, E! and The View. His experience in the coverage of red carpet awards seasons in Hollywood made him a perfect fit for the FEMMY Awards Gala. Hal greeted each of the Honorees of the 2017 FEMMY Awards with warmth and enthusiasm, narrating an evening full of pride and joy for us all in the Intimate Apparel Industry.

Congratulations to the Honorees! We thank each of you for your dedication to excellence.

Retailer: Aerie accepted by Jennifer Foyle, Aerie Global Brand President.

Jennifer Foyle joined Aerie in August 2010 as Senior Vice President/Chief Merchandising Officer and has been instrumental in transforming the specialty retailer into an authority in the body positivity movement.

Manufacturer: Cupid Foundations, Inc. accepted by David Welsch, CEO, President and Marilyn Welsch, Secretary/Treasurer.

David started working part time at Cupid during the 1950’s. He joined the company full time after graduating LeHigh University in January, 1960 and has been President of Cupid since 1979. Marilyn graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston University in 1962. She has been Cupid’s Corporate Secretary & Treasurer since 1982.

Supplier: Tianhai Lace Co., Ltd., accepted by Ning Yi Shen, General Manager.

As a responsible manufacturer, Tianhai is fully aware of the environmental impact of its operation and is continuously working together with selected partners and institutions to be ecofriendly at the highest standard. Ning Yi Shen graduated from Xi-An University, Textiles Department in 1982. He has worked at Tianhai Lace since it was established in 1988.

Innovation Award: Under Armour, Inc. accepted by Lisa Struble, VP, Technical Design

Lisa Struble is the Vice President Technical Design for Under Armour. She leads the technical design/product development group, pushing performance and innovation through fit and construction. Ms. Struble is responsible for product consistency and execution.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Norman Collier, Managing Director, Stretchline (UK) Limited.

Norman Collier has been involved in manufacturing elastic for 53 years, supported by his wife Janet, 2 children, Adam & Anna and 5 wonderful grandchildren. Over the last 20 years Stretchline has positioned itself in 7 countries producing 20 million mts/wk and supplying most of the world’s major brands and retailers.

The 14th Annual Student Design Contest

The 2017 FEMMY Awards Gala also hosted the 14th Annual Student Design contest, featuring designs by students from the Fashion Institute of Technology. The contest was themed “Athletic Allure.” With athleticism as a foundation, all designs emphasized support and movement as performance garments. The 5 guest judges were: Jos Berry, Concepts Paris / Jami Dunbar, Under Armour / Gill Heer, Lane Bryant / Angie Lau, Clover Group / and Helen Mears, Adore Me.

The scholarship winners are:

1st Prize Winner ($5000 + all expense paid trip to Mode City in Paris in July)
Katelyn Zawierucha, her design “Tres Sportive”
 
2nd Prize Winner ($4000)
Jennifer Monzon, her design “Obsidian”
 
3rd Prize Winner ($3000)
Mary Kate Kauffelt, her design “Instant Replay”
 

Finalists: Bonnie Chen, Diandra Howell, and Lara Tabak.

 

Victor Vega, president of the Underfashion Club, announced that he will be retiring in May. He thanked everyone that has been part of his career, as well as the Wacoal family, for contributing to his happy and wonderful life. “God bless America. Thank you!”

Karen Bromley, co-chair of the FEMMY committee, prompted a standing ovation for president Victor Vega for his service to the industry and community. Thank you all!

View the 2017 FEMMY Awards and highlights on our YouTube playlist:

Photos from the evening have been uploaded to our Facebook page:

 

 

“Modern Allure” Parsons School of Design Contest

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For the first time, The Underfashion Club worked with Parsons School of Design to hold an intimate apparel design contest! Students competed over the theme “Modern Allure,” which prompted them to design lingerie that speaks to today’s woman. The Underfashion Club awarded cash prizes to the top two designers. On May 17th, 2016, five gorgeous garments, designed by Parsons School of Design seniors, were displayed at The Gallery in The Prince George Ballroom in Manhattan for the club to witness and vote for.

Design #1: Chicago Collection by Tianyang Li

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Design #2: by Anna Jiang

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Design #3: Curvature by Allyssa Kim

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Design #4: Blue Lagoon by Samantha Garcia

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Design #5: Reverie by Casey Barber

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The five designs depicted young perspectives on modern allure, each in wildly different styles. Attendees observed the designs over cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and networking, then voters cast their vote to determine the winners of the contest.

As votes were being counted, an exciting multi-branded, fun and funky intimates & swim presentation was shown! Brands included: Anita, Betsey Johnson, Christine, Cleo by Panache, Cosabella, Curvy Couture, Delta Galil, Eberjey, Fantasie, Fleur’t With Me, Freya, Hanky Panky, Lise Charmel, Montelle Intimates, Natori, PJ Salvage, Prima Donna, Rago, Simone Perele, & Wacoal.

And the winners are…

1st Place: Allyssa Kim with Design #3, Curvature for a $3,500 cash prize.

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2nd Place: Tianyang Li with Design #1, Chicago for a $1,500 cash prize.

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Thanks to the Parsons design students who participated in the contest for sharing their talent with us. We wish you all the best in your careers. We’d also like to thank all club members and attendees for making our first ever Parsons student design contest a huge success. All of your contributions help us uphold our motto, “Education today for a better industry tomorrow.”

View more photos from “Modern Allure” on The Underfashion Club’s Facebook page.

UFC Modern Allure