Category: BFA Show

Joe Zee reflects on FIT’s graduating fashion design talent

By , May 4, 2014 7:20 pm

“These people…I don’t know who they are, but I know they’ve traveled from four corners of the world to come to FIT.



“They blow me away with their talent, and if that’s what they are doing at the school level…




I can’t wait to see what they do when they actually get out in the world and can do it for real. ”



Joe Zee, creative director Elle magazine, FIT fashion design alum


Setting the stage

By , April 30, 2014 5:05 pm

For the Future of Fashion!

FFFL_0315Catwalk alert: FIT’s Future of Fashion 2014 runway show goes live at 7pm May 1. Watch here: FIT Fashion Show


Holly Jo’s Staged Reality

By , December 10, 2013 4:47 pm

On a day leading up to the BFA photography exhibit, Holly Jo Schnaudigel was looking over her “Staged Reality” photo printed on crêpe georgette and backed with chiffon. The cinematic portrait shows a rapt t.v. viewer wearing negligee and curlers. She’s a gal whose glamour doesn’t fade. She’s not the least bit interested in the camera. But she looks like she’d be easy to get to know, and to like. Just like Holly Jo.  The piece is currently part of the “Departures” exhibit in the Feldman Center lobby on view until December 13.

Currently on exhibit “Staged Reality,” by Holly Jo Schnaudigel

“I think ‘Staged Reality’ is a visual enigma. It isn’t until you get close that you see multiple layers of the fabric. You almost have to work through them. The imagery, the look, is simple to how she creates it.” - photography professor Curtis Willocks

We chatted with Holly Jo about “Staged Reality,” her “lingerie-inspired” piece, and about the techniques and experimentation she began in her teens:

“What I experimented with in Lakeland High School Westchester, NY), I was able to do on a bigger scale at FIT,” she says.

“Long Distance” self-portrait by Holly Jo Schnaudigel

Holly Jo began a disciplined study of darkroom techniques before coming to FIT. “There are more tangible materials when you’re in the darkroom that I wanted to extend to the digital world,” she says.

“Holly’s choice of a soft fabric print blends seamlessly with the satin fabrics in the (“Staged Reality”) photograph. You almost can’t tell which you are looking at since the subject and the print have folds and reflections that are really the same. It was a great choice of a surface that enhances the experience of the image.” -photography professor Doug Mulaire

She now uses an “arsenal of arts and crafts techniques” to combine recognizable styles from different time periods.  “I take aesthetics from the 50s and 60s and add modern elements, like digital hand coloring and gluing glitter to photos and then scan them.”

“Stocking Stuffers” by Holly Jo Schnaudigel

 “I was hands-on in the darkroom. Now I’m hands-on in choosing fabrics, which are also about touch and feel. Applying glitter, and digitally hand coloring are extensions of darkroom techniques I learned,” she says.

“Think Fast” by Holly Jo Schnaudigel

“The way I dress and present myself is reflected in my photos,” says Holly Jo. Even her manner, she says, is a lot of 50s kitschy humor and old Hollywood aesthetics.

“She’s almost a period piece,” says Willocks. “She reminds me of the 40s and 50s especially when you talk to her.”

“Damsel in Undress” self-portrait by Holly Jo Schnaudigel

Of another project “jump started” by images of pictures shown in a class taught by Professor Doug Mulaire.  “They were drawn on, and in others a filter was used with a shape in front of the lens. I tried ‘drawing’ with glitter! The ‘comic book’ photographs were inspired by my interest in Roy Lichtenstein prints,” said Holly Jo.
“Combining her 50′s glamour photos with Roy Lichtenstein’s graphic style is great direction that Holly came up with. It gives her work another component that is full of possibilities!” – Prof. Mulaire

“I like combining story-making elements in an old Hollywood glamour style. The comic book effect is something I am trying in order to achieve this combined look.”

“Simply Marvelous” self-portrait by Holly Jo Schnaudigel

Double negative exposures, hand coloring, and sepia and cyan toning, were techniques that Holly Jo carried over from high school.

“I did projects that included hand coloring darkroom prints, which led to digitally hand coloring my pictures now,” she says.

“One of my finals was all in-darkroom double negatives, a method I used in Prof. Max Hilaire’s class. “My private study final project were darkroom prints painted over with glow-in-the-dark paint.” Holly Jo’s “light painting” method on pictures  led to her current glitter project.

“Boudoir” by Holly Jo Schnaudigel

 Says Photography Department Chair Ron Amato, “Some students have a proclivity toward experimentation and investigation. It could be a part of a natural investigation, or personality or environment.” 

For Holly Jo, it’s all three.


The “Departures” exhibit in the Feldman Center lobby until December 13. To see more of Holly Jo Schnaudigel’s work go to Holly Jo Photo

Show in Milan is a “runaway” success

By , June 21, 2013 2:47 pm

No style-conscious person comes back underdressed from Italy.  For fashion students studying in Milan, fantasies like these led to winning designs:  A wedding dress for a funeral made of tied-together men’s shirts, adorable toddler rain gear and gladiator-styled leather-woven dress. The 2013 Future of Fashion Milan student graduate collection was a runway success from all directions.  Here are looks from the catwalk followed by snapshots of  FIT in Milan’s student designers, intensely engaged in studies and show preparation.

From above, a hand-dyed blue and white”point” stitch tunic over print leggings.

Catherine Quirk’s “The Fractal Face of Chaos”

Coming down the aisle alone.  A groomless wedding.  A Widow’s Wedding dress, from hand sewn, recycled cotton shirts.

Maria Vaz’s “1+1=1″

 Otherwise known as patchwork, “Quite the Contrary”  is a woven-like wool and silk menswear suit.

Michael Majello’s “Quite the Contrary”

And then came the “Dream,” a taupe long-sleeved, silk and transparent knit with chiffon side inserts. 

Sydney Roark’s “Dream”

The lineup. Taking the scabbiness out of rainy days. From left to right: a black slicker with grey trim and bow detail over original bike print legging;  White wool hooded cape over silk bike print pleated dress;  Black trimmed transparent rain cape over cotton bow top an soft pleat skirt. 

Alexis Drattell’s “A Black and White Day”

Take me to the Colosseum. Woven leather paneled dress with capped shoulder armor and pegged pleated hip. (Sword not included).

Manuela Ocampo’s “Gray Shadows”

Turning her back in style.  The white cotton”point” stitch dress. “They look like delightful like mini volcanoes or little dimensional pyramids,” said one viewer.

Catherine Quirk’s “Fractal Face of Chaos”  

The lead-up. A look back:

Knitwear students Sydney Roark, Kourtney Hankins and Catherine Quirk working with electric knitting technician Julianna Manfredi. 

Swatches: 4th year knitwear students work with Prof. Ornella Bignami


Fourth year children’s wear student Alexis Drattell’s design. Preparing for the runway.

Fourth year sportswear student Michael Maiello responds to critic Debora Sinibaldi

Fourth year student Catherine Quirk making refinements with Prof. D’lessandro


Runway photos: Lab foto, Politecnico di Milano

Student photos:  Lisa Feuerherm

Eitan Gamliely’s first runway takes

By , May 6, 2013 3:01 pm

Photography student Eitan Gamliely got his first opportunity to photograph a fashion runway show, the Future of Fashion graduates collection on May 1. He captured a wide range of looks. There was:


Child’s play

photo: Eitan Gamliely


photo: Eitan Gamliely


photo: Eitan Gamliely

Almost office-like

photo: Eitan Gamliely

and that little black dress

photo: Eitan Gamliely

“It was a fun coming in early to see how everybody goes through makeup and hair, and then do a dry run on the runway,” says Gamliely. “Everybody was professional and knew that a big part of it all is to be photographed. With the backstage pass I was able to move around, photograph at any location, and eventually get the photos I wanted.

photo: Eitan Gamliely

It was not without some pre-show jitters. “Nerve racking”, said Gamliley. “We understood that you only have that one second to catch the model when she poses at the end of the runway…The whole experience was great. Cant wait till the next show!”

To see more of Eitan Gamliely’s photography go to:

Come along poppets!

By , May 3, 2013 2:38 pm

Come see a brew of  computer animation and interactive media in the Katie Murphy Amphitheater. It’s the mischief of 17 BFA graduating seniors. (details below)


“Poppet,” (a British term of endearment” by Sean Peterson




Show Opening – May 7th / 6 – 9 PM
NYC 10001

For more information on graduating student exhibitions in locations throughout the campus, please go to: A&D graduating student work.


Yecca Zeng champions the Chancellor’s Award

By , November 9, 2012 7:20 pm

It requires some poking around and some leading questions to find out the extent of the awards, scholarships, internships and leadership recognitions Yecca Zeng (’12) received on the way toward her BFA in fashion design.  The short list: presidential scholar,  outstanding draping design, BFA runway show apparel designs, student ambassador, VP of the Intimate Apparel Club, peer tutor. Most notably, she’s a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence 2012.

Yecca strongly urges students to apply for is the Chancellor’s Award 2013.  She graciously answered questions about the application process, and where her suitcase full of accomplishments led her.

DEADLINE ALERT:  Applications for SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence 2013 due November 30.

Yecca Zeng

Photo:  FIT photography student Erin Glover

A&D: What made you decide to apply for the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence?

Yecca: I have always been a bit of an overachiever, and felt this award was created to recognize over achievement!  The application was not at all difficult. It only asks for a detailed list of accomplishments, both small and large. I figured, why not?

A&D:  What type of student is best suited to win?

Yecca: Anyone who pursued many different goals and succeeded. I just barely made the cut at 3.7 (GPA), and I think it is very fair.

Yecca’s latest wedding dress

Photo: JJ Mendoza

A&D: What was your mindset as an FIT student?

Yecca: From my first semester term garment to my final senior thesis, I took risks and finished complicated projects in the nick of time. I also pushed myself to overload on extra classes (both liberal and artistic) and participate in a barrage of activities. I was constantly exhausted because of my crazy schedule. There were definitely some bad test results. That never stopped me from trying to learn more, and discover new skills and ideas. I met some amazing people that I never would have if I had just stayed in the required fashion design course path.

This award is not about getting the highest grade in the class. It’s about getting the most out of everything college has to offer.

Yecca’s Femmy Gala award-winning design in Best of Intima magazine. 

Photo: Andrei Jackamets

A&D:   Do you think employers take notice of this award?

Yecca: I think it certainly doesn’t hurt. It’s given to just a handful of students and it’s a way to differentiate yourself from other job hunters.

A&D:  Tell us a bit about your work at American Eagle.

Yecca: Currently I work full time as an assistant bra designer for aerie. It’s quite interesting how much my duties change as a designer in the real world. I spend over half the day communicating between all the different hands involved in the creation of a product.  But the best part is I have evenings and weekends to enrich my life however I wish.

Yecca Zeng’s intimate apparel design chosen for the BFA runway show 2012

Yecca cont:  Back in college with all those sleep-deprived nights, when I was taking 15-minute naps every other day and drowsily riding the subway home 2 a.m. every night, I’d wonder to myself: Is it really worth it? Will I even find a job? And it is so incredibly rewarding, knowing that everything I work on now, is being produced and sold to millions.

Click here to download application for the Chancelor’s Award for Student Excellence 2013

Visit Yecca Zeng’s website


FIT in Milan student work hits the runway

By , July 23, 2012 2:41 pm

Waking up in Milan, you might think, is inspiration enough to create high fashion. But it’s just the start of the day for BFA fashion students studying at FIT in Milan.  In addition to 120 hours of classwork at the Politecnico di Milano, they visited museums, attended trade shows, took side trips and did internships to hone their fashion styling edge. By all accounts, they’ve had a dazzling experience. They recently showed their designs to an adoring public.

Jackii Ramis' Crunch, a sunburst pleated wing texture print dress

“Students work with an industry critic, and create five to seven looks for the catwalk. They’ll leave school with a full collection presentable to the press and  for production,” says Lisa Feuerherm,  Resident Director FIT in Milan.

These designs, from the Sportswear Portfolio class, were created as a “mini collection for the fashion show,” said Davide Volonté,  coordinator and events planner for FIT at Politecnico di Milano.

The fashion show included some superb touches with regards to location, accompaniment and use of sustainable fabrics.  The fashion show took place in a 12th century church Hospitale dei Pellegrini, and was set to music of a jazz quartet and violin duo by students at Conservatorio di Milano.

Mariko McNeill, "Transcience: Aesthetic Journey," metallic leather/ black organza “chakra” dress

“It was an exquisite, historic location, ” says Sass Brown, Acting Assistant Dean of the School of Art & Design.

 Vogue Italia,  in attendance, posted many great looks on their site under “new talents.” The local press took notice, as did cosmetic and beauty companies, which posted or printed photos and write-ups.

Meghan McGuffin's Coyle Twist, hand-knit cable vest with cable cowl over multi-layered tulle circle skirt

Most recently MUUSE paid a visit to the program (Read about Gitte’s post “New Yorkers in Milan). MUUSE, which represents graduate designers internationally from the top fashion design schools, picked up the designs of two Politechnic grads to feature on their website.

Jolie Mittleman's Progression of Innocence, a white leather lab coat with red taffeta cropped trousers

“The students were inspired after one of our field trips and wanted to integrate sustainability  into the show,” said Feuerherm. “The fabrics were donated by textile companies of Cittadellarte Fashion Bio Ethical Sustainable Trend.”

Kellie Lamkin's "Black Tie Optional," a neoprene valve coat with organza underskirt

“The fashion show was the final expression of the student-abroad experience and showcased a very sophisticated European sense of design. It was really a stunning show,” says Brown.

Click here for more about the FIT Fashion Design in Milan study abroad program.

Photos by: Corrado Crisciani, with assistance from his photo styling students


Some style & media in your life

By , May 15, 2012 2:05 pm

Fellow students, proud parents and professional photographers came to critique and admire final prints displayed in D351A from the Advanced Style and Media class.  The course, taught and designed by Curtis Willocks,  is required for BFA photography majors.

Willocks served as King of Clubs for one of the photographs based on a character from a deck of cards. “I wanted to take a portrait as a character — something that person is not, and  see what happens,” said Jennifer Santastaso of her portrait of Willocks.

Jennifer Santanastaso's portrait of Adv. Style & Media instructor Curtis Wilocks

“It became clearer to me from this class that ad campaigns are the type of photography I want to do,” said Santastaso.

These occasions also lend themselves to picking up some photography know-how. “I used three grids (lights) in the studio here and shot with a Hasselblad digital back. I cornered off a space in the studio to keep it intimate,” said Santastaso. For added character and definition of features  she used Vaseline and black grease makeup and “a touch” of eyeliner. “It never comes out exactly as you envision, but I was pleased with the outcome,” she said.

“There’s some strong work here” said Professor Tony Gale who dropped by. “It’s good to see what students all over the City are up to– to see what they’re doing in a broader way than what you’re exposed to day-to-day,” said Gale who teaches Studio & Light at Parsons.

Art & Design Student Exhibitions — It’s happening now!

By , May 11, 2012 3:36 pm

Helpful info:

Student Exhibitions

School of Art & Design Student Shows

The School of Art & Design “Graduating Student Exhibition 2012″. This exhibition is free and open to the public. Works on view are at multiple venues throughtout FIT’s campus. For a complete list detailing which majors are being shown in each of the venues, and for location-specific hours go

Accesory Design:

Accessories Design Senior Exhibition “FIT Icons the Likeness of US“. Opening reception & Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center (D building).

Advertising Design & Graphic Design:

“18th Annual One Show Student Exhibition” (Advertising Design students & Media Design Club). On May 7, 2012 from 5:30 to 8:30pm at Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st Street.

“Graphic Design Junior Survey” junior Graphic Design students showcase their junior year work. On May 17, 2012 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center (D building) in rooms D522 and D524.

“Media Design Club Annual Exhibition showcasing the work of the seniors in Advertising Design & Graphic Design & the Media Design Club. On May 24, 2012 at Center 548, 548 W. 22nd Street.

Computer Animation & Interactive Media:

“Computer Animation & Interactive Media Senior Show”. Opening Tuesday, May 8, 2012 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at The Museum at FIT, lower level gallery. Thesis Presentations on Friday, May 18, 2012 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Show is on view from Wednesday, May 9, 2012 – Tuesday, May 22, 2012 the hours are Tuesday-Friday, 12:00pm till 8:00pm and Saturday, Monday 10:00am till 5:00pm, Closed Sunday.

Fashion Design:

BFA Fashion Show “The Future of Fashion” The best work of FIT’s graduating BFA Fashion Design students is presented every spring in a professional runway show. Specializations include sportswear, special occasion, knitwear, intimate apparel, and children’s wear. Critic award winning garments can be seen at The Museum of FIT.


“BFA Illustration Exhibition 2012″ website for online viewing.

Packaging Design:

“Packaging Design Senior Portfolio Event” is on May 16, 2012 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in the David Dubinsky Student Center (A building) alcove.

Textile/Surface Design:

“2012 BFA Portfolio Collection Exhibition” opening reception is on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at David Dubinsky Student Center (A building) 8th Floor. For additional information please contact the Textile/Surface Design Department at 212-217-5140.

See you there!

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