Posts from Julianna Dow

THE PATTERNS OF HISTORY
Lorraine Tanyu Weinstein, Textile/Surface Design ’04, updates tradition at Lee Jofa

Handwork meets technology in the creations of Lorraine Weinstein ’04. As senior woven stylist for Lee Jofa, a leading luxury home furnishings company founded in 1823, Weinstein translates the work of fine artists, designers, and tastemakers into wallpapers, upholstery, drapery, and carpeting. These collaborations are “very involved, a lot of sending things back and forth,”…

A History of Sneakers

Sneakers have evolved since the Gibson girl donned a pair to go ride her newfangled bicycle at the turn of the century.  No longer only worn by athletes on the court and kids in the schoolyard—sneakers are ever-present in fashion.  Designers embellish athletic footwear with luxury details previously reserved for couture clothing, and performance footwear…

DON’T CALL ME A SNEAKERHEAD
For serious enthusiasts, sneakers are more than just a shoe obsession

“Whoa, cool sneakers!” a little boy shouts as Erika Schaefer, Performance Athletic Footwear Certificate ’14, poses for a photograph on a busy Queens corner. He, along with what look like his father and older brother, are wearing matching purple and orange high-tops. It’s unclear which pair of Schaefer’s sneakers he’s excited about. Is it the…

MAD MEN
FIT’s Take on How Style Tells the Story

Mad Men, the TV show about a Manhattan ad agency in the 1960s—the delight of multitudes of obsessive fans—airs its final seven episodes this spring on AMC. And design enthusiasts are already mourning. Because, despite the complex characters, delicious plot twists, and mordant humor, Mad Men has captivated audiences on another, more surface level: it’s…