The best work of FIT’s graduating BFA class in fashion design students is presented every spring in a professional runway show.
Industry critics lend their expertise to our graduating students during their final semester as they prepare for the fashion show.
Fashion media professionals decide which garments are outstanding enough to make it to the runway.
Our judges select the best looks for the runway in each of the specializations: intimate apparel, special occasion, knitwear, children’s wear, and sportswear.
Learn more at fitnyc.edu/future.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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!
The Underfashion Club, Inc. is the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization established to provide Intimate Apparel Industry leaders with a forum to exchange information and ideas, and support the Intimate Apparel market as a vital aspect of the fashion industry. Through its Scholarships, Awards, Internships and Grants (SAIG) programs, the Club supports the education of new talent.
As part of its commitment to “Education today for a better industry tomorrow,” the Underfashion Club has chosen four students from LIM College: Where Business Meets Fashion to receive scholarships for 2017. LIM College was founded in 1939 by Maxwell F. Marcuse as the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, at the request of retailers who wanted a school that would teach students about the fashion business and merchandising.
The Mary Krug Memorial Scholarship Winner – $5,000
Kelsey White, Fashion Merchandising Major, recognized for her intimate apparel merchandising concept based on women aiding women, creative business model, and her exemplary commitment to her education.
SAIG Scholarship Winner: $5,000
Kendra Lehner, Fashion Merchandising Student, recognized for her sustainable merchandising concept.
SAIG Scholarship Winner: $5,000
Charlotte “Tori” Sandness, Marketing Major, recognized for her intimate apparel merchandising concept for “women that love themselves” that also supports breast cancer research.
SAIG Scholarship Winner: $3,000
Jianna Luongo, Visual Merchandising Major, recognized for her integrated, visual intimate apparel concept.
Winner of the UNDERFASHION CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
DASH student ANNA MORENO
Through the SAIG committee, the UFC supports the DASH High School students.
DASH stands for DESIGN and ARCHITECTURE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. Established in 1990, for students from 9-12 grades, it is a magnet secondary school in the heart of the Design District in Miami, Florida.
Miss Moreno won a $2,500 scholarship in the design contest.