Class of 2013 Emerging Designer Showcase

Winner Jae Lee (Fashion Design ’13) with his model and Project Runway finalist Viktor Luna


We were thrilled to team up with the iconic InterContinental New York Times Square for our “Class of 2013 Emerging Designer Showcase” last night. FIT alumni and friends came together to celebrate our newest graduates as they displayed looks from their senior runway show in the hotel’s Gotham Ballroom. The garments were judged by attending guests and key industry insiders including Project Runway Season 9 finalist, Viktor Luna, who also attended FIT.

We’re very proud of Jae Lee, who received the most votes from guests and won the grand prize! The InterContinental New York Times Square has awarded him an overnight stay for two with breakfast and will display his designs throughout the hotel for the entirety of New York Fashion Week. You can drop by to view his work September 5-12, 2013 at the hotel, which is located at 300 West 44th Street.

We are especially grateful to InterContinental New York Times Square for their generosity hosting us in their beautiful hotel and for their generous prize for the winning designer. We applaud all the participating designers and thank everyone who joined us to celebrate the work of FIT’s Fashion Design 2013 graduates! Click here to view more photos from the event.

About Jae Lee: Before entering the world of fashion design, my main focus was in Fine Arts. Fashion was never something I thought I would be a part of. But the more I became involved, the more I fell in love. I won the AAS Art Specialization Critic’s Award, worked as a fashion production coordinator, studied abroad at Central Saint Martins, won the BFA Lisa Perry Sportswear Critic Award at FIT’s Future of Fashion senior runway show, and am currently working at Helmut Lang, one of my dream companies. All these experiences have helped mold me into the unique designer I am today. I aim to create visual conversations between the old and new—a dance of tradition and innovation. Now I offer designs fueled by conceptual ideas combined with consumer-aware aesthetics, a multicultural mix between the avant-garde and the functional. I strive to not only design beautiful clothing, but to also tell stories through my creations. Embrace the then, embrace the now, and embrace what’s to come.

Class of 2013 Emerging Designer Showcase Participants
Yazmil Flores
Larissa Lampitelli
Sijeo Kim
Angela Matarazzo
Lanae Anderson
Chelsea Maxine Agawa
Jane Jang
Jae Lee
Soo Jin Kim
Carlene Maat
Mark E. Menzie
Vitasta Kaul

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One Response to Class of 2013 Emerging Designer Showcase

  1. Rob says:

    Great feature, love this school, wish I could have been there to see their Showcase. Next year, will make sure I get a front row seat!

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