FIT 2006 BFA Fashion Show

Ah 'tis the season for graduations as young students embark on the competitive, exciting, and dramatic world of fashion. The former half of May is the time when metropolitan design program students find themselves vying for awards, grants, and editorial coverage. On Monday May 8th, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) held its annual runway show on campus at the John E. Reeves Great Hall. The event was co-sponsored by Cotton Incorporated and Fed-Ex Corporation. The 2006 FIT runway presentation showcased designs from more than 100 students receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Fashion Design. The panelist of judges, which included Calvin Klein Creative Director Francisco Costa, CosmoGIRL! Creative Director, Jacqueline Azria-Palombo, Macy's women's ready-to-wear fashion director, Nicole Fischelis, fashion photographer Jordan Doner, and Council of Fashion Designers of America associate director Lisa Smilor, selected the shows participating finalists.   

Ivory Wool Coat with Saddle Stitching

Mauve Pleated Cocktail Dress

Viewed as a 'barometer of fall 2006 fashion' the FIT runway show premiered garments across the categories of sportswear, tailored garments, knitwear, special occasion, intimate apparel, and children's wear. Fashions were judged on creativity, technical ability, and suitability for the runway and season.

Gold Sweater and Velvet Sailor Pant

Empire Top with Cropped Pant

Typically these shows run in two sessions, an earlier afternoon session that may be open to the students, faculty and sometimes the general public; while an evening show and after party will welcome family, VIP's, alumni, and the media. Highlights from this year's presentation included Critic Award Winners Stephanie Wasyl, Michelle Zemshman, Stephanie Spangler, Koon Hor Lim, Emily Volaski, and Go Eun Cho. Tatyana Formenko was the Cotton Incorporated 1st place winner and Vengsarkar Budhu received the La Redoute Award.

Multi Collared Jacket and Brocade Skirt

Layered Chiffon Baby doll

In the Current Scene Category, Stephanie Wasyl presented a stylish ivory wool coat with dove gray saddle stitched detail. From the Knitwear grouping, Michelle Zemshman's mauve pleated cocktail dress with lace applique and crystal details was the playful winner. The Chidren's Wear standout, Stephanie Spangler, paired a gold sweater with embroidered peacock and velvet sailor pants. A peach knit chemise with a portrait collar and empire tie topped off a pair of pleated cropped pants for Tatyana Formenko's winning ensemble. Sportswear critic favorite Koon Hor Lim's chocolate textured multicollared jacket shown over a turquoise shirt echoed the strong trend we saw towards brocades and abstracts during Olympus Fashion Week. Emily Volaski's navy chiffon and French lace layered baby doll modeled with coordinating mesh panty and garter was the Intimate Apparel Awardee. Go Eun Cho was the pick for Tailoring with her Midnight blue Melton coat, which was teamed with a pegged dress. The evening's standout was an ivory strapless gown with fluted bust and a train of pleated circular drapes designer by Vengsarkar Budhu!

Melton Coat and Pegged Dress

Strapless Gown with Circular Drapes

Looking on from the audience of these student fashion shows, I can't help but feel inspired by the energy, diversity, and pure talent' whether it's signature tailoring, the use of rich colors, textures, or innovative design elements. As these future designers set their sights on the world of fashion, it's exciting to think that I may have just witnessed an early work from one of tomorrow's brightest stars. After all, FIT counts Calvin Klein, Ralph Rucci, Francisco Costa, Norma Kamali, Stephen Burrows, and Nanette Lepore amongst its alumni.  

Images courtesy of the Fashion Institute of Technology, photographer Lorenzo Ciniglio

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