The newest exhibit to open at the Museum at FIT is Norell: Dean of American Fashion.
Norman Norell, one of the greatest fashion designers of the mid-twentieth century, is best remembered for redefining sleek, sophisticated, American glamour. This retrospective exhibition presents approximately 100 garments, accessories, and related material chosen by designer Jeffery Banks. They are a testament to Norell’s creativity and his lasting impact on fashion.
His array of menswear-inspired outerwear is my personal favorite. This Norell wool jersey shirtwaist with a leather belt and silk taffeta bow (1971) gives me major “prim and proper” vibes. The different textures of the belt and bow add a fun, unconventional touch to a classic look.
Come check out this exhibit from February 9, 2018 – April 14, 2018.
In an industry that is ever-changing, sometimes at speeds that are hard to imagine, it can be hard to keep up to date with information. It is a question that I constantly have running through my head, “where do people get their information and how do they find these sources?” I have asked some of my peers and professors how they get their information, and I have used them myself to see how these sources were. I am going to start a series of posts regarding fashion news sources. As a Production Management student, I will take a keen interest in business-news sources but will try my best to cover sources that everyone will be able to use.
This is probably my favorite source of industry information. Updated daily, it gives readers all of the who’s who and what’s what of the fashion industry. With short and concise articles that don’t have any useless filler copy, this is a great source to get a solid understanding of whats going on in the industry on many levels. From foreign business structures to luxury brand business strategies, it doesn’t miss much. It even has a weekly recap in case you don’t tend to read daily where it summarizes all the articles that were published over the week. FIT students even get a free BoF Professional account thanks to TopShop, which gives you unlimited access to articles, access to exclusive articles, and access to the iPhone app.
We all dream of a white Christmas, however, snow in the Big Apple makes life a little crazier. Just a few inches of snow brings out the snow boots and over-sized coats. Here are a few tips to get through the winter while at school:
■ Dress in Layers:Let’s be honest, layers rule during the winter. Loose fitting clothing trap the body’s natural warmth, and do it best with an insulating inner layer and an outer layer resistant to wind and water. The less body area exposed, the warmer you’ll be.
■ Monitor Your Health: Stay well hydrated and well nourished, and wash your hands often. Prevent serious infections by getting an annual flu shot. Keep your skin glowing by staying moisturized.
■ Prepare Your Room: When it’s cold out, the dorms stay warm. A/C is switched to warmer air, and depending on how your room is set up some parts of your room may be a different temperature. Keep throw blankets and comforters on hand!
■ Stay ahead of classes: With unpredictable weather, sometimes the snow gets the best of the city. Snow days are inevitable, so stay on top of your class work just in the worst case scenario things get moved up/back that are unexpected!
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.
The fall semester is an exciting time for fashion students, because it means fashion week season! A lot of us want to volunteer but often don’t know how or don’t have the connections to do so, especially if you are a freshman. I was in the same boat when I started at FIT. Fortunately, FIT’s Student Life offers students the opportunity to volunteer through the school. Every fall there is a signup where you are randomly placed (based on your availability) to volunteer for a designer. Some are luckier than others, but it’s still a great experience to have. Below are the dates and time when the signups will take place this semester. I would highly recommend going there as early as possible, because the lines can get very long.
The SVCS Fashion Week signups are on Tuesday, August 29 from 12 to 5pm in the Haft Auditorium and on Thursday, August 31 (time TBA) in the Haft Theater.