Love Your Library is a series of events hosted by the FIT Gladys Marcus Library focusing on different aspects of the fashion industry. This year marks their 7th year of consecutive success and I was really impressed by the quality of their guest speakers. Last Wednesday I assisted Disruptive Luxury: 3D Printing for Fashion and Luxury Goods with the Designer Francis Bitonti who is known for the world’s first fully articulated 3-D Printed Gown for Dita Von Teese.
He covered everything from a brief history of his design studio, the future of the industry, and changes to both as a result of technologies like 3D printing. (His studio also offers free courses, check them out here)
Some of the things I took away:
3D printing is so much more than rapid prototyping.
There is a shift on how content is created, language makes things and that language today is code.
Mathematical Models drive innovation.
We have to embrace computation as a creative media.
We should stop trying to reproduce what we already have.
3D printing can be a Zero Waste Process.
We have a level and control of precision like never before seen in humankind.
There is a trend on making smaller printers not bigger.
In approximately 10 years the patents will die which will make the technology more widely available and less expensive.
Hey guys, sorry I’ve been AWOL but moving back home for the holidays is one lengthy process (specially when you only have two suitcases to pack your entire life).
One thing I really love about FIT is that your work gets showcased throughout school (yep, we get to show off how amazing we are ALL the time). Countless hours, sleepless nights and all that effort you put into creating that final piece or project takes center stage during the last weeks of the semester. Even though FIT is always dressed up in our incredible students works of art at the end of every semester the School of Art and Design puts up several exhibits open to the public (where you can completely brag about your awesome invention).
This time I visited the Fashion Design AAS Exhibition Inspired by the American Folk Art Museum, which was up for four days at FIT’s John E. Reeves Great Hall. Unfortunately we weren’t able to take pictures (even though I sneaked a few shots, in respect to others work I decided not to post them) but I found a teaser video by Prof. Michael Cokkinos of the Advertising and Marketing Department at FIT. Click here to watch.
Carpe Diem, (even if it means having to jump three times on your suitcase before closing it, due to holiday shopping)
I learned something very disturbing today. This morning I went to the Bryant Park holiday shops just browsing for Christmas presents, and I stopped in a booth that was selling jewelry and scarves made by women in Ethiopia (This has nothing to do with the story, but this company’s mission is to create sustainable business for African women which is pretty awesome so you should check it out). The girl running it was super nice, so we started talking and realized that we were both fashion design students, but she completed her degree at another fashion school. We were comparing our experiences and I mentioned that I thought it is funny when people would ask if the fashion design students would really destroy each others work, and steal things from one another because that is so ridiculous to me. Suddenly, the girl cut in saying those things actually did happen at her school! I couldn’t believe it. She told me stories of a girl’s project getting paint thrown on it the day before it was due, people being rude to one another and just being generally mean. I am not writing this to discredit other fashion programs, just to say that this is not how it works at FIT. I was in the fashion design program for two years and I never experienced anything like that. Of course, some teachers can be intimidating and harsh because they really expect the best from you, and don’t expect strangers to walk down the halls smiling and high-fiving each other. The fashion design curriculum is stressful and tiring, but I’ve never been afraid for my work. It is common to ask a stranger in the workroom to look after your stuff so you can grab dinner when you’re working on a project. Of course you want to be careful with your personal items no matter where you are, but I have never been scared someone would try to ruin a project I put countless hours of work into. In fact, I have had people return things to me after accidentally leaving them after class. FIT is not a scary place and people are not vindictive or horrible to each other here so don’t worry!