Author Archives: Rachel Ellner

Fall is here and so is Sawa Takai

The mood provides the only color in Sawa Takai fall collection black and white video. The urban setting and pensive expressions suggest uncertainty of what tomorrow brings. Yet tailoring, and exacting design indicates a bolder plot line — one that was apparent … Continue reading

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Gaining some linear perspective

…can be a good thing. And it’s your outdoor classroom assignment if you’re in Prof. Dean Dalfonzo’s Drawing I class. “Linear perspective is a way to approximate far and near” says Fine Arts Chair Stephanie DeManuelle. “That’s why they’re outside, to get … Continue reading

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First arrival to Dean Arbuckle’s fall semester Open Hours

Freshman fashion design student Neville Boasiako came by for some fashion chat with the dean yesterday. Neville didn’t come empty-handed. He brought designs he created at The High School of Fashion Industries. He was proud to point out that FIT … Continue reading

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Peter Do’s black & whites are “textural & refined”

Julie Gilhart has experience with young fashion designers on the edge of greatness. The consultant, former fashion director and VP of Barneys, she has helped make breakthroughs happen.  Serving as an expert for this year’s LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers, Gilhart … Continue reading

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Farm-home inspiration for handbag finalist

It’s all gone into her handbag:  The upstairs dresser in her grandparent’s Midwest farmhouse, memories of dressing up in vintage clothes, ballet and tap dance classes. For Kathleen Friedman, finalist for the Independent Handbag Designer Award, her sources of inspiration are … Continue reading

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FIT students clutch finalist spots in handbag contest

Thanks to three FIT students, “Handbag Decision Paralysis,” may become more serious for the handbag obsessed. Coined by Wall St. Journal reporter Rachel Dodes, the term playfully refers to those with “commitment phobia in the accessories milieu.” In early May it … Continue reading

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Communication Design students moving forward

“When first-year Communication Design students put up their work and stand back, they say ‘Wow! I didn’t realize I did this much!’” says Prof. Leslie Blum about the end-of-year review of student work from the two-year foundation program. “Now everything they’ve … Continue reading

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Hayley returns!

Recent Interior design alumna Hayley Park (’13) talked to graduating students of Prof. Susan Forbes’ internship class today about the rewards of hard work. “Focus on the learning process,” she advised. “Take it as a calling rather than a job. … Continue reading

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