Couture Council Luncheon

The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT held its annual luncheon on Wednesday, September 7th, honoring Thom Browne with the 2017 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion!

The luncheon raised $937,000, with all proceeds benefiting The Museum at FIT. This is the second-highest-grossing luncheon for the museum.

President Joyce F. Brown of FIT welcomed an audience of 500 people, who gathered to celebrate Thom Browne’s contribution to the fashion world.

Click here to learn more about the Couture Council and Thom Browne’s award.

MB

Vote AlgiKnit Team in “Chasing Genius” Competition

Hi all,

I hope your semester has been productive thus far!

To keep the new-semester momentum rolling, help FIT’s Team AlgiKnit win National Geographic’s Chasing Genius Challenge!

Team AlgiKnit has been selected as a finalist in the National Geographic Chasing Genius Challenge for creating sustainable textile materials. WOO! They are the proud winners of the 2016’s Biodesign Challenge for developing a yarn out of algae and fungi.

Today is the last day to help AlgiKnit win a Chasing Genius People’s Choice award by voting for the team’s initiative. Here’s how:

Team AlgiKnit is also in the running as one of 15 finalists in the Sustainable Planet category. Your vote will also help AlgiKnit win the People’s Choice award worth $25,000.

Support sustainability projects and the brilliant *FIT* brains behind them!

MB

NYFW: Volunteering For Sies Marjan

Hello there!

As I’ve mentioned in my last post, like most FIT students I waited in line to get a chance to volunteer for NYFW. Thankfully I got a spot and it was for Sies Marjan, a designer I’ve never heard of, but I wasn’t going to let it dissuade me from going. This was a completely new volunteer experience for me, nothing like I’ve done previously. It was a rehearsal, so I wasn’t going on the actual show day, but a few day prior. Basically what they had me and 22 other volunteers do was pretend to be the model and walk the catwalk, so that they could time us, and see how long it would take on the actual day and see if all the models would have enough time to walk the finale. I wasn’t expecting that at all, but I really enjoyed pretending to be a model for a few hours. It felt really weird at first, because everyone was watching us and video taping, so I felt a little self-conscious, but after the 4th time walking it was better. We helped from 6pm to 8pm and walked about 6 times, but after each walk we had to run these stairs to get to the 2nd floor, so we could get back to the start, without interfering with the other girls walking. It was a good two hour workout! At the end they were really sweet and gave every volunteer a gift. The gift was a clothing item from the designer (not sure if it was from the actual collection). All in all I had a really great experience with them and never knew how much I would enjoy walking a catwalk.

xoxo

-Z

The Center for Communication

Hi there!

I hope everyone is slowly getting back into the flow of things… I thought I would mention a website one of my teachers in my Brand Management class told us about. It’s called the Center for Communication, and it offers students the opportunity to attend free seminars and panels with some amazing speakers in the media world. All events are free for students and are focused on the media industry and how the business is evolving today. These are great seminars for AMC students especially, but also anyone who is interested in this specific area. I would highly suggest looking at the website, because a lot of the events have a limited number of seats. I’ve already booked to attend the seminar on the Brave New World of Journalism, so I’ll definitely write a blog post on my experience and thoughts on it.

Website: http://www.centerforcommunication.org/

Were you already familiar with this website? What was your experience like?

xoxo

-Z

Art Market Alum Teaches to Inmates

Lydia Barry Kutko, Art Market MA ’09, held an event at Blick Art Materials this past June on Bond Street in Manhattan to raise awareness for Reframe, her adult education program for inmates on Rikers Island.

Store visitors decorated muslin tote bags printed with the Reframe logo. Some participants also screen-printed onto the bags a work of art designed collectively by Kutko’s first class of inmates.

The eight-week program, which she says is the first of its kind, is a series of classes designed for prisoners with sentences of a year or less. She teaches them about art jobs—careers that range from fine artist to art handler to installer for galleries.

This fall, Kutko will develop the Rikers program further with a new class that she hopes will include women.

Using your education and platform to make a difference is so commendable.

Stay tuned this Fall to see Kutko’s newest improvements!

MB