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FEMMY UPDATE – ROSLYN HARTE

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Roslyn joined the Underfashion Club in 1969, when it was an organization for women only and the membership was less than 30. She received a lifetime achievement Femmy in 1997.  Past officer, board member, co-chair of the program committee, and an active participant of the SAIG committee.  Born on the Lower East side, as were both of her parents; growing up and studying design at a Brooklyn high school (tough Brooklyn girl).  Her birthday is October 31, 1924, our Halloween witch.

Roslyn graduated in 1941, and worked at Vogue magazine until 1946, when she answered an ad in WWD and came into the industry as a designer of Lady Duff Trousseau Lingerie.  Started her own contract studio in April of 1954 (60th anniversary coming up).  Started the studio as Roslyn Harte Lingerie Originals, limiting to 3 non-competitive clients at one time.

Roslyn is very involved in the Intimate Apparel Square Club HUG awards, benefiting the pediatrics of RUSK NYU Medical Center.

Some of her favorite career highlights include:

  • Mentoring students from the High School of Fashion Industries
  • Hiring and helping entry level designers from FIT
  • Sharing her expertise with start up companies to help make their dreams come true

Role Models:

  • Beatrice Coleman of Maidenform
  • Marvin Beinenfeld of Bestform
  • Richard Murray of Wacoal

Still working, very involved, and loving every minute of it!

New 2014 Femmy Design Contest theme “Shaping the Future”

slider-femmy2011-5-cSAIG committee announced that the new theme for this year’s Femmy awards will be “Shaping the Future”.  Work with FIT students is already under way on this exciting new vision with support and mentoring from Professor Alexandra Armillas.

The committee has reviewed 12 original concept boards and voted on their 9 favorites.
”According to Suzanne Beck of the Saig Committee, the concepts ranged from very embellished, to strappy & sexy, to clean minimalist but all with a fresh new young twist.  This year’s contestants have been asked to focus on the more practical side of design.

Next step is on December 11 when the SAIG committee will review the prototypes of these 9 concepts to pick the finalist for the Femmy student design contest.

Keep in mind the students are working a full course load at the same time as they are working on their visions for “Shaping the Future” 

Prizes are $10,000 in total including cash awards as follows:  first prize  $4,000, second prize $3,000, third prize $2,100 and $300 each for the 3 finalists.