Category: Accessory Design

  • Milliner Evetta Petty: Off to the Races

    Milliner Evetta Petty: Off to the Races

    Evetta Petty is off to the races—the UK’s Royal Ascot, one of the most famous in the world. Her hat has already arrived. Petty is the only American milliner represented at Ascot this year, and she’s the first Black milliner ever to have a hat selected for the Royal Ascot Millinery Collective. Twelve milliners were…

  • Three from FIT at this year’s Eddie Adams Workshop

    The Eddie Adams Workshop, now in its 34th year, is considered “one of the most important stops for up-and-coming photojournalists,” according to New York Times photographer and writer James Estrin. This year two FIT Photography students, and one Photography Certificate program graduate, were chosen to attend. The late Eddie Adams was a highly awarded photojournalist, renowned…

  • Footwear for the Footlights

    Footwear for the Footlights

    Ornate, flamboyant footwear has been flaunted in royal courts, the runway, the stage, even in coffins, throughout eras noted for fashion innovation.  Yet for all the outward extravagance, there are secrets to their construction.  The Theatrical and Character Footwear class for fifth semester Accessories Design students “introduces students to another aspect of the footwear industry,”…

  • The accessory that grabs you by the waist

    Accessories Design instructor Iris Feldman is known for saying that belts are the “ugly step child of the accessories world.” But for Mara Holmgren, it’s the all-important detail that has you by the waist. “What brought me to Accessories Design was this idea of pulling together an outfit with an accessory, with an interesting detail, and…

  • The Greening of Distressed Jeans

    Report from the Summer Institute on Sustainability in Fashion & Textiles Jorg Hartmann, from machinery vendor Stoll, started his talk by showing copies of a well-worn 1880s pair of jeans bought at auction for $60,000. The jeans were copied and the look started a somewhat eco-hostile fashion idea: clothing that is almost worn-out when bought…