Author Archives: Rachel Ellner

A course with all the trimmings

Trimmings are not just for the holiday table. For students in Prof. Veronica Romano’s Professional Practice class, trimmings can cook up a design project par excellence. Romano’s Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design (VPED) students were ecstatic to find a great … Continue reading

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FIT Students Honored at White House

Fashion enthusiasts know which designers First Lady Michelle Obama favors. Now add FIT’s Natalya Koval and Chelsea Chen to a list that includes Rachel Roy, Narciso Rodriguez, Jason Wu and Azzedine Alaia. The First Lady spoke at the White House yesterday … Continue reading

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Interior Design “EZ Camp” attracts out-of-towners & stressed out NYers

Spotted contemplating the “Mind Body Spirit” Interior Design senior thesis exhibition in the Pomerantz Art and Design Center were two sisters from Seattle.  A quick invite into their conversation gave us this observation: “We’re impressed with the variety of technologies the … Continue reading

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Waiting in the wings for Robert Verdi

His taste is” impeccable,” as the New York Times declared in 1998. The Times also described his job title as “elusive.” The real issue is that FIT alumnus Robert Verdi has many titles: tastemaker, celebrity stylist, brand ambassador, lifestyle leader … Continue reading

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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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