Posts from Alexander Joseph

SHELF LIFE
FIT’s Special Collections unit in the Gladys Marcus Library gets a $4 million upgrade

FIT’s Special Collections and College Archives, a unit of the Gladys Marcus Library, has a brand-new home. Karen Trivette, head of the unit, says the roughly $4 million renovation and expansion—from 3,500 to 6,100 square feet—is a “phenomenal demonstration of respect for the intrinsic, informational, and historic value of the materials.” Visitors now pass through…

CROWN JEWELS
Many members of New York’s Milliners Guild are FIT alumni. Hue asked noted photographer Amy Lombard ’12 to shoot a photo essay about them

Great hatmakers are the unicorns of the fashion world. Not just anyone can turn out a top-notch toque. Every master milliner is also, in some way, a genius. One warm summer evening, this formulation played out when members of the Milliners Guild and their pals came to City Lore, a small storefront space on First…

FUTURE OF FASHION, REIMAGINED
Artist, alumnus, and Illustration faculty member Bil Donovan ’78 takes us behind the scenes of FIT’s annual fashion show

It was a long journey to the runway. Students who hoped to present their garments in FIT’s annual BFA runway show, the Future of Fashion, underwent a grueling process—sketching, draping, sewing. And sometimes starting all over again. During the spring semester, graduating Fashion Design students worked with industry critics to perfect their pieces. Finally, professionals…

Antonio

If you think it’s intoxicating to look at images by renowned fashion illustrator Antonio (1943-1987), imagine what it was like to pose for one. Susan Baraz could tell you. In the early ’60s, soon after she and Antonio left FIT ( both majored in Illustration; Baraz, ’62, graduated with honors), she modeled for him. The illustrations, many of…

THE KIDS STAY IN THE PICTURE

For Photography alumnus Mark Shearwood, making the perfect photo is never child’s play

You have to be very, very patient when photographing children, says Mark Shearwood, who shoots campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Stella McCartney, Sonia Rykiel, Zara, and others. “The hardest thing is to stay relaxed—you know, chill, not bossy,” he says, on a call from his native London. “Any emotional vibe in the room rubs off on…

EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN
Associate Professor Praveen Chaudhry’s images of nomads and weavers in Tibet and Kashmir offer a glimpse of a vanishing world

For generations, nomadic tribes in Kashmir and Tibet have shepherded the goats that provide cashmere and pashmina fibers for local weavers. In recent decades, these areas have become militarized zones—China occupies Tibet, and Kashmir has a bleak record of human rights violations, with some 70,000 killed in the last 20 years. By definition, nomads have…