The 2014 Femmy’s are less than a month away and we wanted to share with you a series of updates about this stellar event whose major purpose is to raise scholarship money for students of the Lingerie Industry. So first and foremost, the fashion contest staged by F.I.T. design finalists each year. Under the mentorship of Professor Alexandra Armillas, the SAIG committee has re-focused the goals from the ethereal to the practical. This year’s theme “Shaping The Future” is all about modern control shapewear. The six finalists will compete for $10,000 of scholarship money with their designs ranging from very embellished to strappy and sexy, to ultra-minimalist. But all the contestants have added a fresh young twist. Professor Armillas coaches them to new levels of technical skills and creativity. This year they will be asked to demonstrate the practical side of development with attention to costing and production realities using a $400 allowance for materials. All of the finalists must do this project while completing their full time course load. Guests will vote at the dinner for first, second and third place on Feb 4 after meeting each student and viewing their creative efforts.