Eleven students from the High School of Fashion Industries attended CURVE on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. It was a valuable learning experience that provided a different view into the world of Intimate Apparel.
“Today’s experience was nothing short of amazing. Before the Underfashion Club opportunity, I never considered myself an undergarment designer. The CURVE trip truly opened my eyes to the endless opportunities within fashion and an avenue called lingerie. Seeing all the innovative undergarment creations, exquisitely made lingerie, and the successfully established as well as hopeful up and coming companies, definitely granted me boundless inspiration. Inspiration, not only for my portfolio, but for a future career in the undergarment industry. I gained valuable advice and insight from every station we visited. I learned that even though undergarment fashion may seem simple, there are so many things that come into account when designing; just to name a few are: hygiene, body support/comfort, and innovation. I learned that staying innovative, and constantly bringing new ideas to the table are vital in lingerie, as well as all sectors within fashion. Overall, this memorable learning experience was everything I hoped for and more. I feel very grateful for this opportunity, and extremely thankful towards everyone in the Underfashion Club, who made this experience possible for my peers and I.”
“CURVE revealed a world of intimate apparel that has never crossed my mind before. Different companies had various aesthetics and ideas when it comes to designing; it was interesting to hear about their pitches and how their businesses began. There were various sources of inspiration to use and methods to think about, such the functionality or purpose of a garment. This has expanded my knowledge of the industry beyond what I’ve expected which is one of the reasons why I’m grateful for being a part of this opportunity.”
“I just want to say thank you for the opportunity. I had an amazing experience and definitely learned a great amount of information from the tradeshow. It opened my eye to many new ideas and inspired me to try new thing for the future. Thank you again.”
“Attending CURVE was the most creative and inspiring event I have had as a high school student. Being given such an amazing opportunity as this event has opened my eyes as a designer and provided me the drive and motivation needed to be in the fashion industry. Speaking to the various vendors gave me insight into the industry and the business aspect of intimate apparel. I wanted to thank you for this lucky opportunity that provided me to broaden my interest and explore many possibilities in the intimate apparel industry.”
Thanks to the Underfashion Club, several students at the High School of Fashion Industry were able to experience a bustling intimate apparel office at work. Their tour of the Adore Me office and presentation from the designers proved to be an invaluable learning experience.
“I’ve always been fascinated by lingerie. How can garments that are so dainty and minimal, undergo such rigorous construction and thought process? Having the once in a lifetime opportunity to have this question answered by the lingerie designers at AdoreMe, was truly a dream. I had no idea there were so many different jobs and hands needed to get an online retail business running, or even simply designing a garment, not only did we get a first hand sneak peek of their newest line, but we also got some insight on the thought process in deciding which garments are kept and which are left behind, and why. The design team shared that, when choosing what to design or even what to keep for a season, they rely majorly on consumer and trend reports. As a student I usually design what I feel like designing, so it was really eye-opening to hear how most of the time the consumer has the biggest role in the creative design process, not the designer. Most of all, I learned that as a designer, you need to find a balance between catering to the trends and your consumer, while still staying true to your personal design aesthetic. Overall, this was an unforgettable experience, that made me very excited and inspired to start working and getting to know who I want my consumer to be.”
“I couldn’t be more grateful for this trip to Adore Me. It showed me the insight of designers and what they go through to just create one successful garment. Being a student from HSFI, I believe we get a taste of being a designer. Adore Me actually has many professionals in the industry and showed me that time is money and time can’t be wasted. The most important thing I learned was that the Adore Me designers create apparel in advance- not months, but years! It’s just super amazing to be how they get it all done!”
“Today’s experience [at Adore Me] was truly amazing and one of a kind. I was able to place myself in their position and view the steps and process it takes to create on garment/look for intimate apparel. The most important thing that I took from today’s tour and presentation is to always plan ahead and be flexible with everything that is thrown your way. For instance, in one part of the presentation they were speaking about how they have the best sellers and worst sellers, when they find out the worst sellers and they had something similar launching a few months, they’d then have time to go in and make the flexible changes needed.”
“In my opinion, the trip to Adore Me was fascinating because of the lengthy design process that was explained thoroughly. It informed me of the challenges of fast fashion companies, which is why I commend Adore Me for being so successful. One of the most important things that I took away from this experience is that research is extremely essential to the design process. Inspiration can be formed through anything, but what’s important for the market is finding out what’s trending. Following up with competitors is also significant because it can provide a foundation for new products or growth in a fashion company. Adore Me has also surprised me with how much they forecast from now into next year because it’s something I haven’t seen often in the industry.”