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 every fashion whim took place May 10 in the Katie Murphy Amphitheater.  Cotton candy, pink cupcakes, popcorn, pink drinks, watermelon and strawberries were served to a jubilant gathering of students, parents, FIT faculty and Mattel representatives.

pre-award photo op w/ student finalists

“Play with Fashion” encompassed student work from five Art & Design departments. For the Visual  Presentation and Exhibition Design (VPED) department, their installation “The Pink Issue” serves as the graduating exhibition.

Prof. Ann Kong of VPED with students

Barbie luxuriates in her many settings and styles in the lobby of the Fred Pomerantz building.

Maor Tapiro’s winning Shopaholic design (above). “Barbie and I share the same shopping addiction,” says Tapiro.

Veronica Zhou beside her winning shoulder sparkle design

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the pinkest of them all?  Admirers (l-r) Colette Wong, Chair, Karen Scheetz, Assist. Chair, and Prof. Eileen Karp all of Fashion Design caught fawning over Barbie’s new digs and finery.


Elyse Falato next to her winning little girl’s jewelry box containing Barbie’s shoes and accessories

A proud VPED instructor Prof. Glen Socoli with winning students Mike Jonhston, and Phoebe King.

FD Chair Colette Wong,  and A&D Dean Joanne Arbuckle toast the event

The evening celebrated Barbie’s new looks and environments created by Art and Design students.


Katie McTammany and her proud dad, above. McTammany won for Barbie’s “green” digs. Her Interior Design showcase was made with reused and re-purposed old clothes and accessories.


Jessica Mazur (above) winner of “Timeless Barbie Powder Room” and Eirc Daniels Assistant Chair of the Interior Design department


There was plenty of pink to go around: Professor Johannes Knoops and Assistant Chair Eric Daniels of Interior Design, with Craig Berger, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design Chair.

Luci Alpers’ “Strike a Pose” bedroom for Barbie

Barbie finally gets  a moment to kick up her heels.

The Barbie exhibit will remain on view in FIT’s Fred Pomerantz building lobby, corner of 27th & 7th Ave, until September 3, 2012.

photos: Rachel Ellner

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