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REI KAWAKUBO/COMME DES GARÇONS

On view at THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK,
from May 4 to September 4, 2017

REI KAWAKUBO, the Tokyo-based designer, founded Comme des Garçons (“like some boys”) in 1969. Her garments baffle, bemuse and bewilder.

This exhibit is a MUST SEE for anyone interested in FASHION!!! The garments are beautifully displayed within the stark whiteness of the gallery surfaces where each and every garment “pops”. It is a visual feast for the eyes.

I like this quote from her…..”I wasn’t limited to the confines of a pattern. Not being educated, not being taught how to design, I was able to visualize in a completely different context. And I still seem able to draw upon the unconventional.”

Go to the exhibit and see for yourself. Here is a peek of some of my favorites with my captions below.

Camille

SEAM TAPE DRESS

RED DRESSES

EXAGGERATED GINGHAM

PUFFY PRINT DRESS

KNOTS

BALLERINA

LACY MANNEQUINS W/ BANDED SKIRTS

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

MANUS x MACHINA

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The Manus x Machina exhibit was on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan from May 5th – September 5th, 2016. It explored the changes in fashion design from the early 20th century to present day, focusing on the relationship between hand-made garments and those made by machines. The distinction between haute couture, garments that are designed to fit a singular model, and prêt-à-porter, garments that are mass-produced to fit a variety of body types, has faded from the traditional manmade vs. machine-made definition as technological developments thrive. Rather than presenting the practices as a dichotomy between man vs. machine, Manus x Machina celebrates how the collaboration of techniques has been advancing the future of fashion.

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The traditional haute couture garments on display shared a glimpse into the cultural divide of manmade and machine-made garments from the early 20th century. During a time of fiscal turmoil, machines were known to be used for the mass-production of affordable clothing that was accessible to all classes. Only the high class could afford to commission haute couture garments, made to their unique measurements. It was a great luxury to have your garments carefully sewn together by the hands of a renowned designer, made to serve you best as an individual.

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Many of the garments on display from the mid to late 20th century showed an appreciation for machine-like structures, beginning to blur the lines of man vs. machine. Futuristic fashions and 3D-inspired designs embraced the contributions of technology to the growth and development of the fashion industry, as well as expressing a fascination with the recent rise of a digitized lifestyle. Machine involvement in fashion production has become accepted as a standard that allows for more efficient and precise construction methods. It also provided artists with new mediums to express otherworldly ideas.

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Present day designs unveiled a fresh, new method of production — 3D printing. This innovative technology allows designers to create the most intricate pieces to date in an entirely hands-free environment. With precision that’s down to fractions of the millimeter, the 3D printer gives fashion designers the ability to bring to life incredible designs that are more exact in their measurements than the hand could ever achieve. With such powerful and advanced technology within reach, we can only imagine what this will mean for the future of the fashion industry.

Join The Underfashion Club next week for a discussion on the subject with expert Luis Velazquez, titled The Sexy Side of 3D Imaging. It takes place on Tuesday, September 13th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at The Cutting Room in Manhattan.

Register Here: http://underfashionclub.org/events/events.html

For more pictures of the Manus x Machina exhibit, check out our Facebook album: http://bit.ly/2cdKGOB

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