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HER AIM IS TRUE:
Half a century after opening her own firm, Babette Wiener Pinsky, Apparel Design ’62, stays faithful to her vision

  The story of the fashion label Babette is remarkable: Babette Wiener Pinsky started the company in 1968 to create funky-yet-wearable clothes. Forty-six years later, she’s still designing, and you don’t have to squint to see the sophisticated, modernist style in her fashions. The $11 million concern has 100 employees and eight stores nationally, plus…

ON POINT:
From pointe shoes to Halston, a show at The Museum at FIT explores how dance and fashion have influenced each other

Dance fever has swept the fashion world. Not one, but four high-fashion designers will debut costumes for new works at the New York City Ballet’s fall gala, including the elegant Carolina Herrera and the quirky young Brit Mary Katrantzou. (Thom Browne, known for his playful deconstructions of all-American prep, and Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton round…

SELLING POINTS:
FIT sets the curve with a new conference about omni-retailing, a strategy that blends the in-store and online experience

“The way customers define service has changed,” Pete Nordstrom, executive vice president and president of merchandising of Nordstrom, said at FIT’s First Annual Symposium on Omni Retailing on April 3. “They used to want a high-touch experience. Now they value speed and convenience. We let them buy what they want when they want it.” Omni-retailing—providing…

MASTERPIECE THEATER:
To Preserve and Protect

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sarah Scaturro, Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice ’10, confronts the “inherent vice” in Charles James’s clothes Visitors to Charles James: Beyond Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute have been bowled over by gorgeousness and glamour. The New York Times says this “outstanding” exhibition,…

MASTERPIECE THEATER:
The Artist’s Way

On the occasion of a groundbreaking exhibition about designer Charles James, Hue celebrates FIT alumni who help The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute present influential costume shows Behind the scenes of the Charles James: Beyond Fashion, with the show’s  co-curator, Jan Glier Reeder, Museum Studies: Costume and Textiles ’87 No designer in fashion history…

WINNERS’ TALES:
Nine top student designers create the Future of Fashion

To discover the best among the next generation of designers, look no further than these nine Critic Award recipients from the class of 2014. Eighth-semester Fashion Design students cap off their studies by creating a mini-collection of looks in their chosen specialization: sportswear, knitwear, special occasion, intimate apparel, or children’s wear. Each class is assigned…

SOMETHING BLUE

THE ASSIGNMENT:  Create a denim brand THE RESULT: Real-world learning with industry greats Every spring for the past ten years, eighth-semester Textile Development and Marketing students have gone through the entire process of dev- eloping a line of jeans, except actually producing it. They create a consumer profile and brand identity, select fibers and trims,…