The Pink Issue, Inspired by Barbie Play With Fashion
Barbie is at FIT – come visit her in the D-Lobby now through August.
It’s an Original Barbie World! Designed and installed by FITs very own students!
Students from Jewelry Design, Interior Design, Photography, Fashion Design, and Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design came together and created a beautiful masterpiece and are now sharing it with us all!
The background Story:
“A two-story installation inspired by Barbie Play With Fashion
- Barbie and Ken fashions made from non-traditional materials on life-size mannequins
- Models of new rooms for Barbie’s Dreamhouse
- Full-size replicas of furniture
- Photos and short films with Barbie and Ken
- A storefront window inspired by Barbie’s Dreamhouse and Play With Fashion Joe Zee, creative director, Elle, will name the top three FIT student winners from each of five programs: Fashion Design, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Photography, and Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design.
First place winners receive $5,000, second place winners receive $3,000, and third place winners receive $2,000.”
Who would you choose?
My last class at FIT was a little different from the usual day. We saw a presentation on the new exhibit, Youthquake! It is about the 60’s and how the youth changed fashion forever. Since the start of people expressing themselves through fashion and how they wanted to break out of societal norms, fashion has yet to stop evolving. Youthquake shows the start of a break through in fashion history, which will make ladies appreciate that we can wear pants now! It was curated by FIT graduate students and is just one of the three amazing exhibits featured at the Museum at FIT.
One of the quotes on the wall that I found interesting:
“Under 24 and 90 million strong in the U.S. alone. More dreamers. More doers. Here. Now. Youthquake.” -Vogue, 1965
The other exhibits include IMPACT which celebrates the 50 years of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and Fashion A-Z, part I. They both feature amazing garments by dozens of the most incredible fashion designers, including Gabrielle “CoCo” Chanel. If you want to learn more about the Museum at FIT, you can go to http://www.fitnyc.edu/11600.asp
After a photoshoot and a nice lunch break, I went to my second class and finished my first skirt pattern. Next, we’re making a flare skirt which should be really cute and fun, but more challenging. I’m really excited to make myself a few skirts, but first I have some school work to do.
Each year the graduate students of the Fashion and Textiles: History, Theory, Museum Practice program curate an exhibit in the Museum at FIT and then present to the students in Precollege Programs about the content of the exhibit and the process of curating the exhibit. Today, they presented the exhibit “Youthquake: The1960’s Fashion Revolution.”
The 1960s Fashion Revolution explores the dramatic impact of youth culture on fashion during the 1960s. “Once only the rich, the Establishment, set the fashion,” said pioneering British designer and boutique owner Mary Quant. “Now it is the inexpensive little dress seen on the girls in High Street.”
The exhibition begins by looking at a new generation of designers and their innovative boutiques, where young clientele—an increasingly powerful consumer class—shopped and socialized. London was the epicenter of youth-generated style, but youthquake boutiques soon began to open internationally. New York’s Paraphernalia boutique sold work by emerging talent such as Betsey Johnson, in addition to the work of London designers. Paraphernalia’s cutting-edge designs will be represented by a mini-dress in metallic copper knit.
* For more information, you can, check out the Museum’s page or the graduate student’s exhibition website.
Precollege students attentively watched a presentation hosted in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre in FIT.