Archive for March, 2017

The French Connection

The late ’50s and early ’60s was one of the most groundbreaking periods in fashion history, an era of relaxed, youthful designs. Many books and exhibitions about the era position London as the center of innovation, but Paris also played a significant role. Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968, in The Museum at FIT from February 10 to…

A Mental Map of Venice

Venice Re-Mapped, an installation by Johannes Knoops, associate professor of Interior Design, was shown from May to November 2016 at Time/Space/Existence, at the Palazzo Mora, a Venice art gallery. The exhibition was a collateral event at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture, which is considered the most important international exchange of architectural concepts. Fascinated by…

A Tour of Jewish History in the Garment District

In Daniel Levinson Wilk’s course New York City and the Invention of America, which examines capitalism in the city through the 19th and 20th centuries, students lead tours that delve into a slice of the past. Levinson Wilk, associate professor of American History, believes that developing a walking tour is a model for writing essays:…

DEBORAH FEINSTEIN BIGELEISEN
Textile Design ’69

Deborah Feinstein Bigeleisen became a painter in 1998 after 18 years of running a company that gave European textile designers full-time representation in the U.S. Her hyper-realistic depictions of flowers, mostly roses, gardenias, and lisianthus, are painted in her signature palette of eight colors, using the layered glazing techniques of the Dutch masters. Her particular…

GISELA O’BRIEN
Patternmaking Technology ’78

Gisela O’Brien was born in Germany; her education was interrupted by World War II. She found her way to FIT in her 40s and built a career designing children’s and women’s wear, some of which was sold at J.C. Penney. She has spent her retirement thus far making jewelry for her church bazaar and hats…

WIDE OPEN SPACES
Luis Valcarcel
Interior Design ’84

After 20-plus years designing retail spaces for Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Harrods—including a four-year stint at Nine West—Luis Valcarcel switched his focus to offices. As senior associate design director at Ted Moudis Associates (TMA), he oversees a team of interior designers who work mainly on the offices of financial companies, from big banks…

ARLENE SKOROS MCLOUGHLIN
Fashion Design ’87

Arlene Skoros McLoughlin is organizing Salon New York, a gathering of nearly 100 decorative painters from 20 countries, taking place April 13–16, 2017. Decorative painters, including McLoughlin, do gilding, faux marble, faux wood, Italian plastering, and ornamental painting for museums, public buildings, and stately homes. The event location rotates among cities in Europe and the…

KATEE BOYLE
Illustration ’89

Katee Boyle is a painter and metalworker in Chadds Ford, PA. Her mixed-media, abstract paintings each tell a personal story. Using traditional blacksmithing techniques, she forges masks, dresses, chastity belts, and corsets, “castoff shells of experiences I’ve had, armors that I no longer need, experiences I no longer want to revisit.” She learned the trade…

STEPHANIE KENNEDY-MELL
Accessories Design ’93

Stephanie Kennedy-Mell opened Church Street Wine Shoppe in Huntsville, AL, with her husband, Matt, in 2014. They carry hundreds of wines, including many that were previously unavailable in the area, and offer tapas, craft beer, and wine flights at the bar. Ten nights a month, they serve a seated five-course tasting menu with wine pairings, and…

MATS KLINGBERG
Fashion Buying and Merchandising ’98

Mats Klingberg founded Trunk Clothiers, a menswear and accessories boutique on London’s hip Chiltern Street, in 2010. The shop carries about 80 brands that each “focus on primarily one thing and do that very well,” including Boglioli suiting, Incotex trousers, Salvatore Piccolo shirts, and Alden shoes. The shop also carries a private-label collection of sweaters, jackets,…

FOTIOS BOUZIKOS
Fabric Styling ’99, Menswear ’96

Fotios Bouzikos is vice president of design for women’s woven bottoms at IDG, a New York City–based sportswear company whose brands include Marrakech, a travel-inspired line sold at Anthropologie, and Anorak, a chic outerwear brand sold at Bloomingdale’s. The company also produces private-label brands for Macy’s, Kohl’s, and many other stores. In all, he oversees…