Alumni

JENNIFER FERRISE
Advertising and Marketing Communications ’11, Fashion Merchandising Management ’09

Jennifer Ferrise has worked at InStyle magazine since she graduated. As associate features editor, she writes short pieces for the print and online magazines, produces video, and comes up with questions for the InStyle channel of the Trivia Crack Kingdoms app. She writes a number of recurring pages, including a behind-the-scenes look at each month’s…

7 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT BUZZFEED (NUMBER 5 WILL SHOCK YOU)
Augusta Falletta, Advertising and Marketing Communications ’13, Fashion Merchandising Management ’11

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past decade, you probably know about BuzzFeed, the insanely popular news and entertainment website whose viral stories, lists, videos, and quizzes generate 200 billion views a month, about three times that of The New York Times website. Augusta Falletta, senior beauty editor at BuzzFeed, manages a…

BRITTANY MURACA
Fashion Merchandising Management ’11

Brittany Muraca is a business planner for handbags and small leather goods at Michael Kors, working on location planning and inventory management for the wholesale accounts with Macy’s and Lord & Taylor. She pays attention to cultural and geographical differences in taste, as well as seasonal trends, to ensure that each store carries what customers…

FLORENCE SHIN
International Trade and Marketing ’13

Florence Shin co-founded Covry Sunwear, competitively priced sunglasses that fit Asian faces and others with a lower nose bridge and higher cheekbones. She and a high-school friend launched the brand with a Kickstarter campaign after a lifetime of struggling to find sunglasses that didn’t slide down their faces. An “Asian fit” already existed in the…

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…

MEMORIES OF DESIGNING FOR PRINCE

Stacia Lang, Fashion Design ’84, designed some of Prince’s most legendary stage outfits, including the notorious yellow buttless pants he wore at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. In the wake of his death, she shared some of her memories of the inimitable artist.   “The loss of Prince has really hit me hard. Harder than…

RAISING THE STANDARD
Flags are the family business for Sandy Dennis Van Lieu, Manufacturing Management ’94

The moon landing. The Battle of Iwo Jima. Abraham Lincoln’s funeral. These indelible historic moments are united by the stirring presence of the star-spangled banner, a patriotic symbol of America. Remarkably, one company made flags for all these events and countless more: Annin Flagmakers. With 500 employees across three factories in Virginia and Ohio, Annin…

BANNER YEARS
Some of Annin’s highest-profile flags throughout American history

1865 An Annin flag draped Abraham Lincoln’s coffin—and every presidential coffin since. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress/Prints and Photographs Division. 1901 A spray of Annin flags decorated Teddy Roosevelt’s inauguration. The company has produced flags for every presidential inauguration since Zachary Taylor’s in 1849. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress/The Crowley Company. 1909 American explorers Robert…

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…

CREATURE FEATURES
How Ben Kilgore, Computer Animation and Interactive Media ’04, builds life-like computer-generated imagery for Hollywood blockbusters

In the first few minutes of the 2014 hit Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, not one human appears. A pack of majestic apes hunt deer through a lush rain-forest, dense with trees that seem to reach upward forever. Their faces are expressive, their hair ripples in the gentlest breeze, and their muscles tense…

8 ESSENTIAL FILMS IN THE HISTORY OF COMPUTER ANIMATION
Groundbreaking movies that changed the industry and inspired special effects master Ben Kilgore ’04

Tron marked the dawn of the CG era for big-budget films,” Kilgore says. The movie now looks dated, but the special effects wowed audiences whose virtual existence was limited to Atari-era video games like Pac-Man and Frogger. The designers who created the famous Light Cycle sequence went on to found Blue Sky Studios—and when Kilgore…