Alumni

GLORIA LORENZ GARFINKEL
Apparel Design ’49

Gloria Lorenz Garfinkel is a New York–based artist whose colorful abstract prints, paintings, sculptures, and handmade books derive from her interest in science and world cultures, particularly Japanese. Among her numerous gallery and museum shows, she has had solo exhibitions at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum in Springfield, MA, the Ella Sharp Museum…

PHILIP MILIO
Photography ’73

Philip Milio has been taking pictures and writing stories since he retired from his job as counselor in FIT’s Department of Student Life in 2015. The Ellenville Public Library and Museum in Upstate New York presented an exhibition of his photographic illustrations of the Hudson Valley in November 2015, and the Aroma Thyme Bistro in…

MICHELLE RISK CHRISMAN
Illustration (Fashion) ’74

Michelle Risk Chrisman paints landscapes, still lifes, and figures in Taos, NM, and is represented by eight galleries in New Mexico and Arizona. She uses a palette knife instead of a brush to sculpt the paint on the canvas, and she creates her landscapes en plein air (outdoors) and alla prima (painting new layers before…

MAD PROPS:
Philip Shubin, Fashion Buying and Merchandising ’78

An argument with Naomi Campbell convinced stylist Philip Shubin to change his focus from people to inanimate objects. For a decade he had been dressing TV personalities (Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric) and actors (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford) for photo shoots, but working with diva models was becoming increasingly fraught. He told a disgruntled…

DONNA FREDERICK
Patternmaking Technology ’78

Donna Frederick, Patternmaking Technology, owns the Play House, an independent toy store in Durham, NC. She stocks about 200 mostly educational products in the 900-square-foot space, including Legos and other building toys, high-quality Ravensburger jigsaw puzzles, dolls for girls and boys, ABC blocks in myriad languages, maps, chemistry sets, locally crafted toys such as rattles,…

JILL LOTENBERG
Fashion Buying and Merchandising ’85

Jill Lotenberg is a freelance photographer who has shot New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo and mayors Ed Koch and Michael Bloomberg, as well as spreads for Glamour, Gotham, and House Beautiful, among other publications. She got her start from an internship at the Garden State Arts Center (now the PNC Bank Arts Center), photographing U2,…

RENEE BAVINEAU
Production Management: Apparel ’88

Renée Bavineau is president of Raise the Bar, which acts as an “outsourced COO,” helping emerging brands with sourcing, negotiating, fitting, and costing—anything they need to launch their lines. Her company also goes in-house at major fashion brands—for example, Macy’s, Ann Taylor, Calvin Klein, Gap Inc., and PVH—to help discover efficiencies, meet deadlines, and coordinate…

MARGARET DUDLEY ASHBY
Textile/ Surface Design ’92

Margaret Dudley Ashby is a former Lutheran pastor who came out of retirement in November 2015 to become rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at Lake James in Morganton, NC. She says the work of delivering sermons and comforting the afflicted is related to her previous job as head of consumer products design at Glenoit…