Author Archives: Rachel Ellner

Flower power: arranging for PAVE event with skill, intuition and a little Zen

“Just as we know about color affecting mood, floral arrangements done with skill can be uplifting and the focal point at an event,” says Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design (VPED) Professor Robin Drake.” Flowers can be so personal and we … Continue reading

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Karim Rashid, Architect of Style, Receives 2017 Lawrence Israel Prize at FIT

It was a glorious time for students, faculty members, deans, chairs, and alums who revel in the work of the internationally celebrated “architect of style” Karim Rashid. The prolific industrial designer whose work spans architecture, art and fashion was here last … Continue reading

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David Yurman is a Jewel for FIT

Twenty-eight graduating seniors in Jewelry Design. Twenty-three boxes of gems. One generous and creative donor.  One department that knows how to make its students shine. What’s more is the department expects to have enough gems to go around for years … Continue reading

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Milk & cookies & toy design-in-progress beckons future students

They came for the milk and cookies, they stayed to inquire about the School of Art & Design’s celebrated Toy Design program. Prospective students also got to see toy design-in-the-making.  The department’s recent open house, in a toy-plush environment, was … Continue reading

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New Images in Old Contexts: Brian Emery at Gettysburg

Ironically, our view of historic photographs usually differs substantially from the view of the photographer who originally took the pictures. Think about the battlefield pictures taken at Gettysburg just after the battle ended in 1863. They are different not only … Continue reading

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Dedios Sportswear: You saw it here first

Last semester when fashion design student Natalia Dedios was researching racing jackets she caught wind of the DuPont logo. “I was taken with the clean, graphic nature of the logo and decided to play with it. I replaced ‘DuPont’ with … Continue reading

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Emily Nieland’s Patchwork for Kids

Fashion Design student Emily Nieland was contemplating her specialization. Would it be childrenswear or knitwear? In the two weeks prior to declaring her specialization, the fifth-semester student was fully emerged in her Childrenswear Niche Market class. A patchwork design she was … Continue reading

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Nicole Conti’s hands add environmental messages to fabric

Turbulent events in the public arena were the catalyst for Nicole Conti’s final thesis concept. “I started with a political concept related to the anger that followed the election,” said the 7th semester fashion design major. “Things people were doing to … Continue reading

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Supremely Supima: Alyssa Wardrop!

Recent graduate Alyssa Wardrop has won the 10th annual Supima Design Competition. Her womenswear capstone collection was seen on the runway during Fashion Week yesterday. Art and Design Dean Troy Richards and Fashion Design Chair Eileen Karp were there and … Continue reading

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New season of Faces & Places lecture series focuses on impact of gender identity on fashion

Each semester speakers from the fashion industry, and beyond, discuss creativity and entrepreneurship in the Faces & Places in Fashion lecture series.  This year the emphasis is on gender and how it relates to design creativity from both cultural and … Continue reading

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