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May 30, 2014
by Rachel Ellner
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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

January 30, 2014
by Rachel Ellner
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Packaging design students hit the sweet spot!

Capturing 3rd place in Paperboard Packaging Alliance’s Design Challenge  How can a candy bar compete these days, especially at the movies? Concession stands are a dazzle of popcorn, candy, half-gallon sodas, hot dogs, “cheez”-drenched nachos, and ice cream. Indie theaters sell … Continue reading

November 7, 2013
by Rachel Ellner
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Fine arts photographer crosses over, fashionably

Jordan Tiberio faces a type of conundrum not unfamiliar to students who fully explore their craft: “I won a fashion shooting contest, but I’m a fine arts photographer,” says the recent winner of the Western Digital (WD) Fashion Walk. “I’m used … Continue reading

December 19, 2012
by Rachel Ellner
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Hayley’s PAVE-winning men’s store

It’s one thing to admire great menswear on the street. But how do you recreate that feeling of a great pair of pants walking by for a customer in a virtual store? In order to turn “Nice pants, man” into … Continue reading

September 14, 2012
by Rachel Ellner
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Elle competition: your vote counts

The innovators of the Elle Fashion Next award have stacked things in FIT’s favor. And still the competition is steep. For the first time they’ve sponsored a competition exclusively for our fashion design students. (See earlier post:  “City-inspired fashion at … Continue reading

August 28, 2012
by Rachel Ellner
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City-inspired fashion at the “core” of one’s aesthetic

It’s an assignment as big as the City.  Design fashions that draw inspiration from New York. It’s a natural for FIT students, and Elle magazine is on to it. For the third year, Elle is partnering with FIT for its Fashion Next … Continue reading

July 30, 2012
by Rachel Ellner
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Kieran Dallison: Beyond the Grand Canyon

To be young, full of restless drive and talent and have studied at FIT. That’s Kieran Dallison, the inaugural winner of the GILT/CFDA All-Star Scholarship Award.  Dallison was poised yet full of excitement in describing the import of the award … Continue reading

May 16, 2012
by Rachel Ellner
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Catering to Barbie’s every whim and loving it!

With Barbie now ensconced in her parlors, bedrooms, and other habitats, and with a wardrobe to kill–and with Ken looking on–it was time for thinking of food and pink!  An awards ceremony recognizing those who catered many long months to Barbie’s … Continue reading

February 8, 2012
by Rachel Ellner
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Going for gold, pearls, the runway and more

In honor of Carolee’s 40th anniversary, the high-fashion jewelry house has sponsored a competition exclusively for FIT Jewelry Design students. The on-going, 20-week competition that began in September, 2011 is nearing completion.  Tomorrow, 12 semi-finalists will be chosen. “I’m always amazed how … Continue reading