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August 2, 2014
by Rachel Ellner
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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

June 7, 2014
by Rachel Ellner
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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

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

May 22, 2014
by Rachel Ellner
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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

May 4, 2014
by Rachel Ellner
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Joe Zee reflects on FIT’s graduating fashion design talent

“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 … Continue reading

April 21, 2014
by Rachel Ellner
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When poetry and angst meet

What happens when poetry, artistic talent and biographical angst meet in Prof. John Nickle’s fifth semester Illustration class? One example is Rebekie Bennington’s mind explosive self-portrait, suggestive of the “agony of sensual chisels,” “lilac shrieks” and the “scarlet bellowings” of E.E. Cummings’ poem … Continue reading

April 12, 2014
by Rachel Ellner
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Students Join Mashable.com Vine Challenge

Mashable.com’s weekly Vine Challenge produces a frenzy of infectious animation snippets on topics like creepy fantasy creatures, Jack-O-Lanterns, playing with food, and talking cars.  The more sophomoric the topic, often the more sophisticated the response in the form of six-second … Continue reading

April 4, 2014
by Rachel Ellner
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Portrait of Christine: not overdoing the details

It’s so well executed: the bright-eyed sideward gaze and razor thin eyebrows. Teal-colored nails the right degree garish. A hidden expression behind a fantasy novel and an overall noir feel. “It was a process of learning when to stop, so … Continue reading

April 2, 2014
by Rachel Ellner
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The masters reloaded

Holding a teddy bear hostage while flaunting an arcade machine gun and goggles may be a geek’s mojo. It’s also a characterization of video game-obsessive Hyoung, a close friend of student illustrator Giancarlo Alicea. “Hyoung has a vivid imagination and … Continue reading