Archive for November, 2014

Handbag Designers Take DENYC Prize

In September, a panel of 14 fashion industry executives—including designer Amsale Aberra ’83 and Pamela Baxter, president and CEO for perfumes and cosmetics at LVMH and president of Christian Dior Couture—awarded sisters Bita and Rouzita Vahhabaghai, owners of ITA Collection, with $25,000 to implement the business plan they presented at the capstone event of Design…

CONFERENCE EXPLORED TEXTILE TRENDS:
FIT’s first Summer Institute digs deep into sustainable fashion

They came from Eileen Fisher and Harley-Davidson, from the University of Kentucky, Purdue, and India’s National Institute of Fashion Technology. All told, more than 30 academics and industry professionals from four continents studied at FIT for a week in June, participating in the first annual Summer Institute on Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles. They learned…

Couture Council Honors Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera, a designer “whose name is synonymous with elegance and grace,” in the words of President Joyce F. Brown, won the 2014 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion on September 3. Guests at the star-studded luncheon included Dennis Basso ’73, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan, Anna Wintour, Lucy Liu, and…

FIT Wins International Prize…Again

For the second consecutive year, a team of four students in the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology won the Retail Futures Challenge, an international competition that takes place at the annual World Retail Congress, which was held in Paris September 29 to October 1. Victoria Kulesza, Fashion Merchandising Management ’16; Paula…

Global Goes Local

The Global Fashion Management master’s program gathers students from three schools—Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Institut Français de la Mode in Paris, and FIT—for intensive ten-day seminarsin each city. The collaborative program studies manufacturing in Hong Kong, luxury markets in Paris, and marketing in New York; the seminars enable students to meet and form lasting global…

JEANETTE DUNN KENDALL, PATTERNMAKING TECHNOLOGY

JEANETTE DUNN KENDALL, PATTERNMAKING TECHNOLOGY , started Success In Style, which has provided free business wardrobes to thousands of low-income jobseekers: single mothers, survivors of domestic violence, refugees, and others. The nonprofit, based in Savage, MD, now has five locations, plus three resale boutiques to fund them, including a popular secondhand bridal shop.

MARIE MACCARO SURI
Marketing: Fashion and Related Industries ’83

MARIE MACCARO SURI fabricates furniture using jewelry-making and metal-smithing techniques. Her pieces—tables, sconces, andirons, and fire screens—are sold through Liz O’Brien, a decorative-arts dealer in New York. A favorite material is industrial steel medallions, modeled after motor components that she found in a salvage yard. She does all her own welding, at temperatures above 2,000…

JILL ANTHONY
Illustration ’84

Jill Anthony has created artwork featuring a series of Dalmatians dressed as such fashion icons as Coco Chanel, Iris Apfel, and Diana Vreeland. The images are available as wall art or greeting cards at her Etsy storefront. She chose Dalmatians not as a comment on any of her subjects—or out of any sort of canine…

SHARON KHAZZAM
Jewelry Design ’84

SHARON KHAZZAM creates one-of-a-kind pieces from rare, colorful gemstones, such as Paraiba tourmaline from Brazil. Her work, handmade by jewelers in New York, is sold exclusively at Barneys in the U.S., as well as at Isetan and Mitsukoshi department stores in Tokyo. Khazzam doesn’t want her jewels to be locked up in a safe, despite…