About us

Mission Statement

It is the intention of certain members of the Intimate Apparel Industry to raise funds and expend energy to safeguard the present and future health of said industry by:

  • Primarily supporting education of new talent
  • Secondarily by attracting this talent to careers in Intimate Apparel
  • Thirdly to act as a good citizen in the local community within which the industry exists

To accomplish these goals these members have formed the Underfashion Club, Inc



By- Laws Committee.

Distributes and maintains the official By-Laws of the Club and manages the By-Law revision process as it becomes necessary from time to time.
Co-Chairs: Barry Ross and Lance Whitaker

Charity Committee.

Disburses Club funds to local charities and other eligible non-profit institutions for such purposes as authorized by the Board.
Co-chairs: Deborah Eaton and Barry Ross

Femmy Committee.

Manages the Femmy selection process; runs the Femmy dinner; and issues a journal whose main purpose is to raise funds for the Club. The chair of this committee shall have the responsibility to propose in a timely fashion a selection subcommittee slate (chair and members) to the Board for its approval.
Co-chairs: Karen Bromley and Sonja Winther

Finance Committee.
Administers the Club’s budgets and maintains the Club’s funds in a fiscally responsible way. The Treasurer shall be the Chair of this committee.
Chair: Mark Sandler

Membership Committee.
Maintains membership records and attempts to increase the Club’s membership; collects dues; issues the Club Directory; and advises the Board on all matters pertaining to the existing membership.
Co-chairs: Tristine Berry and Tina Wilson

Nominating Committee.
The Committee is charged with nominating any member in good standing to serve on the Board of Directors and, with approval by a majority vote of the Board, submitting this slate for election by the members at the Annual Meeting of members. It shall also be the responsibility of the Nominating committee to evaluate the sitting directors, in order to determine which of them should be nominated and which of them should not. The Nominating Committee is also charged with nominating any Board member in good standing to serve as an officer of the Club.
Chair: Walter Costello

Program Committee.
Formulates and runs Club events. These events shall be relevant to the Industry and serve the goal of adult education whenever possible.
Co-chairs: Ellen Lewis and Joe Smith

Public Relations Committee.
Promotes the Club and its activities.
Chair: Karen Bromley

Scholarship, Awards, Internships, Grants Committee (a.k.a. S.A.I.G.)
Administers the Club’s support for education including a scholarship and awards program designed to identify and attract the best new talent among students pursuing a course of studies in intimate apparel, as well as students engaged in peripheral vocations, an internship program geared to providing talented young persons with a real world learning experience in the Industry and a grant effort aimed at expanding the knowledge and experience of educators who teach intimate apparel design thereby offering their students a more thorough educational experience.
Co-chairs: Suzanne Beck and Clelia Parisi

Website Committee.
Creates and maintains a website for the Club and keeps the Board informed about advances and new opportunities created by the Web.
Co-chairs: Amy Bittner and Camille Block

Ad Hoc Committee.

Researches and proposes options for the Club’s future in light of the changing nature of the Industry.
Chair: Martha Olson

Our Board


Tina Wilson
Executive Vice President
Victor Vega
Retired from Wacoal America Inc.
Vice President
Camille Block
Fashion Institute of Technology
Vice President
Deborah Eaton
Chantelle Lingerie, Inc.
Walter Costello
Suzanne Beck


Tristine Berry
Amy Bittner
Guido Campello
Rosa Chamides
Steve Chernoff
Margaret Clougher
Ann Deal
Linda Elton
Les Hall
Roslyn Harte
Gary Hughes
Pierre-Nicolas Hurstel
David Komar
Ellen Lewis
Erin Lynn
Seth Morris
Kenneth Natori
Kerry O’Brien
Martha Olson
Clelia Parisi
Mark Sandler
Dawn Schonewald
Joseph Smith
Victoria Vandagriff
Sonia Vizcaino
Sonja Winther


Barry Ross
Lance Whitaker


Roslyn Harte
Norma Reinhardt Mascarotti
James Zendman

President’s Message

As a fundraising event, the Femmy Gala serves a dual purpose: creating a venue for business and social interchange, and generating the monies that enable us to fulfill our charitable mission. We are proud of the extensive scholarship support that is given each year to intimate apparel students at the Fashion Institute of Technology, fashion merchandising students at LIM College, and graduating seniors from the High School of Art & Design in New York City, and the Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) School in Miami. In addition, this year we look forward to providing scholarship support for graduates of the High School of Fashion Industries, design and merchandising students at Parsons The New School For Design, and the continuing education of our own members.
There are three dedicated scholarship funds that have been established by generous contributors, with monies distributed each year to the best and brightest of intimate apparel students: The Mary Krug Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Intimate Apparel Council Scholarship Fund and, most recently, the John Bowman Memorial Scholarship Fund.

At the time of her death in 2013, Mary Krug was Vice President and Division Merchandise Manager of Neiman Marcus Stores, and she left a great legacy in the countless buyers, assistant buyers and vendors that she trained and educated over the years. Established in 2014 by a group of industry executives, the Mary Krug Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a fashion merchandising student at LIM College.
For many years, the Intimate Apparel Council was the organization responsible for setting the Intimate Apparel market dates in the United States. In 2015, the remaining officers of the IAC “passed the baton” to the Underfashion Club and we are honored to have been chosen to provide this most important service to the industry going forward. The IAC also gifted the Underfashion Club with over $75,000 to aid our mission of education and service in support of intimate apparel worldwide.

John Bowman, who died in March of 2016 after fighting a courageous battle with brain cancer, was a pioneer in the Intimate Apparel Industry.He dedicated 27 years to the initial launch and success of Wacoal America and, later in his career, was a partner at Dana-co LLC working with the Natori brand. He shared his years of experience and expertise with numerous individuals and companies across the globe. This year, I am pleased to announce the establishment of the John Bowman Memorial Scholarship Fund, made possible through the generous contributions of John’s industry friends. The Underfashion Club is honored to have been chosen to administer the Fund, which will keep John’s memory alive by providing much needed financial support to the most deserving of intimate apparel students.

As part of our emphasis on the students who are our future, the Femmy Gala is hosting, for the 14th consecutive year, a design contest featuring garments designed by students from the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Fashion Design program. This is a major undertaking for all involved and I particularly want to acknowledge the efforts of SAIG Co-Chairs, Suzanne Beck and Clelia Parisi, and FIT Faculty Liaison Karen Rippy.

Special thanks to design contest sponsors Clover Group International, Regina Miracle International and Stretchline Holdings for providing the cash awards that will be presented to tonight’s contestants; to Eurovet and Curvexpo for providing roundtrip airfare, accommodations and complimentary admission to this July’s Interfiliere Paris/Salon International de la Lingerie for the 1st prize winner of the contest and; to Francesca Spinetta and Intima Magazine for featuring the top 3 winning designs in the August issue of Best of Intima.

The Femmy Gala takes months of advance planning. Sincere congratulations and thanks to Femmy Co-Chairs, Karen Bromley and Ann Deal and the entire Femmy committee, for their enthusiasm and hard work.

For 59 years, the strength of the Underfashion Club has been the dedicated volunteers who work to make a difference in our industry and offer our members benefits that will enhance their knowledge, and their opportunity for advancement. Our newly re-designed Web Site, www.underfashionclub.org is about to launch with a wealth of information and guidance, including members forum, career opportunities, calendar of industry events and enhanced membership directory. Our Blog, “Insider,” shines a spotlight on industry leaders and topics and provides trend direction! Our Programs inform and educate members and industry associates, and our Members-Only get-togethers provide fun opportunities to mix and mingle.

As I look back over the last four years of my presidency, I am struck by the dedication and time spent by my fellow officers and directors to fulfill our commitment to “Education today for a better industry tomorrow,” and I would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to them, and all the members who have contributed to the success of the Underfashion Club, Inc.

Victor H. Vega


Established in 1958 as the Corset and Brassiere Women’s Club, Inc., in 1963 the group was re-invented as the Underfashion Club — a not–for–profit, intimate apparel industry organization dedicated to education. We support new talent with scholarships and internships and we offer seminars, panel discussions, and networking opportunities to industry professionals.

Today, the Underfashion Club members work in all facets of the intimate apparel industry: foundations, daywear, sleepwear, robes, and loungewear. Our membership represents all areas of the industry: retailers, manufacturers, textile mills, fiber producers, and trim suppliers. Our members hold positions in all departments: management, marketing, merchandising, sales, design, education, and human resources.

Our annual Femmy Gala, a premier event in the intimate apparel industry, recognizes and celebrates the achievements of intimate apparel industry leaders worldwide. Honorees are chosen from all sectors of the business and have included Designers Donna Karan and Josie Natori, retailers Neiman Marcus and Victoria’s Secret, manufacturers Carole Hochman Design Group and Maidenform, and industry notables Eileen West and Elle Macpherson.

Proceeds from the Femmy Gala are distributed by our SAIG Committee (Scholarships, Awards, Internships, and Grants) to deserving students who pursue college–level intimate apparel related courses. The Fashion Institute of Technology and the High School of Fashion Industries in New York City are our primary beneficiaries.

Additionally, we have established a chair at the Fashion Institute of Technology to make sure that graduates entering the world of the intimate apparel industry are fully qualified.