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August 21 2014

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FIT For The Fashion World

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“These are the future Donna, Calvin, and Ralphs,” said Kate Betts in a video that played at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s 2012 graduate student runway show last night. Betts’ description of the design students went hand in hand with the show and its outright, optimistic title, “The Future of Fashion,” which drew a packed house of FIT faculty and fashion notables, including Dennis Basso, Josie Natori, and Rebecca Minkoff. Also on hand to support the students were some of the school’s famous alumni, designers Nanette Lepore and Calvin Klein. “It is such a pleasure to give back,” said Klein, who recently donated to the school a generous $2 million gift. FIT president Dr. Joyce Brown said the gift would sustain the school for the next decade.

“I was so struck in awe of the students and their ability to sew,” said Natori, who, along with nine other designers, served as an FIT mentor and critic throughout the spring semester. Standouts included Critic Award winner Mimi Prober and Jordan Randolph, whose black wool dress (pictured) with lace detail caught the eye of industry vets and their company CEOs. As for these students’ future in fashion, it’s looking quite bright.

 

 

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