2010 April 27
Head of the Class
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(NEW YORK) While the Parson’s benefit was underway at the Chelsea Piers last night, the Fashion Institute of Technology also celebrated its future designers at the school’s annual end-of-year runway show. Both student designs and new technology were showcased, as those not watching the live spectacle in the institution's Great Hall were treated to a 3D show in Haft Auditorium. It was the first occasion that a 3-D fashion show has been viewed in the United States.
Before the performance, students, professors and friends gathered for a cocktail reception, as guests munched on sesame chicken skewers and congratulated the students pre-show. Alumnus Calvin Klein was especially proud to be supporting his alma mater. “Somebody from the school newspaper was asking me earlier what I remember the most about going here, and I thought, oh no…it’s been about a thousand years ago, I really don’t remember anything! But I do know that these students are very talented young people.” Carolina Herrera, who like Klein served as a critic and award presenter, spoke frankly.“It’s true that it’s very difficult to be in the fashion world," she admitted, "but I think all of these students certainly have the potential.”
The group then shuffled over to the Great Hall for a massive runway show. The student orchestra played a rendition of “Bittersweet Symphony” and later president Joyce Brown took to the podium, introducing the show, which featured a staggering 101 looks from sportswear, special occasion, knitwear, intimate apparel, children’s wear and menswear. Not surprisingly, the tiny tots sailing down the runway stole the show, and cries of delight erupted from the audience. While it’s always preferable to see a show live and in person, everyone was still curious about the simulated one. Klein offered, “I am a huge 3D fan. I just saw Avatar in 2-dimensional, and I must say, it’s just not the same. Avatar in 3D changed my life!”
CRITIC AWARD WINNERS:
Margaret Bacon-Intimate Apparel
Katelyn Bischof-Special Occasion
Cristina Gutierrez-Children’s Wear
COTTON INC. WINNERS:
Kidan Brooks-Special Occasion
Keira McCullough-Children’s Wear
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