When FIT visited the White Trade Show during our academic field trip to Milan back in September, we met a cool independent designer with a brand named Lemuria. Her garments are cleverly designed convertible clothes made of soft jersey. What appears to simply be a skirt could transform into a dress, a top, and even a cardigan. The Draping teacher for the second year fashion design students held a good conversation with her at the trade show and kept her contact.
Last Friday, the designer of Lemuria came to Polimoda to speak to FIT students about her brand. She demonstrated how her garment could be transformed on a student model (me!) Different jersey swatches and hem finishings were passed around to the students as she spoke about the fashion business and design process. Though she spoke mainly in Italian and needed to be translated by our professors, we all learned about her brand and working with jersey knits.
It was a wonderful experience to see a designer as a guest speaker for our school who we previously saw in Milan. It was great to hear about the business world from someone who had plenty of experience. It is events like this that make FIT in Florence a truly memorable and valuable experience.
To check out a video of one of her garments, check this video out: