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The Museum at FIT’S Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme (Arctic)

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Currently on display at The Museum of FIT is the exhibition Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme. The exhibition explores how the discoveries during ocean, space and mountain expeditions influenced fashion. During the 17th century people began to explore the natural world and by the 19th century crucial parts of science such as biology were being discovered. Author of Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea and creator of science fiction, Jules Verne impacted society with his stories that were based on the latest discoveries. While Charles Darwin’s work was also impactful on the way society viewed the natural world. Science, new worlds discovered as well as indigenous people and their culture inspired western fashion for eternity.

 

Arctic: The very first extreme exploration took place during the 1880-1920’s with the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration. Explorer Robert Leary returned in 1909 to America wearing fur originally worn by the indigenous Inuit people of the North Pole. By 1919 designers in New York showcased fashion influenced by Siberian objects in the American Museum of Natural History. WWII created a need for arctic inspired clothing for soldiers whose uniforms and parka’s were influenced by the Inuit people of the North Pole. Once the 1960’s arrived fashion publications such as Vogue sent models to the Arctic to (photo) shoot amongst the icebergs in the latest fashions. In the 1990’s the parka took on various forms during the eras hip-hop rise. Both designers, such as Tommy Hilfiger and rappers adopted the coat as a statement piece that eventually became an everyday coat. The exhibition showcases both indigenous Arctic fashions and modern-day Arctic inspired pieces.

I will have two other post on the Safari, Space and Deep Sea parts of the exhibition as well. Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme is open until January 6, 2018 at the Museum at FIT.

T.S.

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FIT’s School of Art and Design Graduating Exhibition

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Recently on display at the Museum at FIT was the work and thesis projects of the graduating class of 2017. Many know FIT is a prestigious school for fashion, but it also teaches many of the arts. The exhibition showcased students work from all sixteen major areas of study. The exhibition was showcased in various areas of the museum and the school itself.

Accessories Design

For their final steps to achieving their degree’s students were instructed to create a collection around the concept of  ” Design Perspective”. Each took on a different interpretation to create their collections. Students used research on consumers, seasons, and inspirations to bring them to life. They created pieces belonging to either footwear, handbags, millinery (hats), or art. Every piece exhibited was judged and selected by FIT staff and fashion industry critics.

 

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Advertising Design

The students of advertising design were to creating content that reaches today’s public. Not only do these final projects advertise a product , they become one with the consumer. The students created experiences, much like we are used to today. To bring out an emotion or thought, not simply an agreement to buy. The advertisements  reflect much of what is currently happening and resonates with exhibition viewers.

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Computer Animation and Interactive Media

Graduates from the computer animation and interactive media program also focused on engaging with the viewer. They created apps, games,  environments and more that integrated their knowledge of technology design. This particular class used many personal experiences and social causes in their work. Race, sexuality, religion and how they felt about these topics came across in these pieces.

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Fabric Styling

The class in fabric styling forecasted the color story of Summer/ Spring 2018. Through market research, trend forecasting and four colors they showcased the latest in women’s wear and home décor. Much of the public does not realize how ahead of time forecasters like these students are. Their work is continually a year ahead of its time.

Fashion Design

Fashion Design students used their expertise with fashion design art, CAD, journaling, and art portfolio to create their final designs. Their work was critiqued and selected by industry critics, guest designers and professors who mentored these students. On the judging day the selecteded looks were included in the BFA Future of Fashion runway show. Once the looks were selected the students work with experienced models for their final fittings. Students in the individual categories of Children’s Wear, Intimate Apparel, Knitwear, Special Occasion and Sportswear showcased their looks in the fashion show. Through these steps the students’ personal take on fashion design evolved and prepared them for their careers.

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Fine Arts

Fine Arts graduates were tasked with answering the question “How does a young artist create work that is relevant in our  contemporary culture?” Their work answered this question by adding their personal experience’s and identity to demonstrate advertising, consumerism, environmental issues, and social media. The proximity to multiple museums in NYC helped them cultivate their thoughts and creative process. They are now able to create fine art relevant to the ever changing society.

 

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Graphic Design

Graphic design students were to write their thesis exploring the past, present and future on the topic they chose. Through the use of graphic media the students expressed their thoughts. With the images and words they selected they offered a fresh perspective on what’s occurring in today’s society. All the work displayed was critiqued by professionals in graphic design.

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Illustration

Students of the illustration program used their traditional and digital art media experience to creatively problem solve. The issue being how to create images for commercial distribution that targets specific audiences. Through their personal style, technique, expression and body of work cultivated at FIT they were able to solve the issue.

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Interior Design

The class of interior design took their education in problem solving, space planning  and research to create their own perspectives. Their perspectives and the issues of sustainability, culture and constructions helped them create their thesis. The objective was to create interiors that looked great and spoke to the viewers. Unlike other students Interior design students created their final projects with aesthetic, functional and program constraints. To work around these limitations they used materials, colors and furnishings to create their interior design stories.

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Jewelry Design

Jewelry Design graduates created jewelry with design, craft, economics and ethics in mind. They also thought of sustainability and social responsibility when creating their pieces. They used both modern and ancient techniques to create their jewelry. Their work is to be viewed as both jewelry and individual works of art.

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Menswear

The menswear graduating class created their final thesis much like a tailor makes suits.  They showcased their designs in their portfolios to their class during a presentation. Next they created their muslin, a plain white fabric designers use to create the base of their designs. Once their muslins were criticized and reworked they began the final process. Finished fabrics and tailoring techniques were then used to create their final menswear pieces. Finally their work was critiqued by well known menswear designers and put on display. Past graduating classes have been critiqued by John Varvatos, Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein and John Bartlett.

 

 

Packing Design

The students of the packing design program worked to advance the principals wing branding and packing design. They used innovative techniques to reach the consumers of food, beverage and home products. They also created designs to speak to packing designs to reach the consumers of beauty, personal care and technology products. They were tasked to create the designs within the constraints of conceptual development, graphic execution, production and compliance requirements.  They also took into account marketing and what would be their competition.

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Photography

Students of the graduating photography class expressed political views, fashion trends, and emotions. They also used documentary photography and  their personal experiences with family and their childhood to inspire their final captures.Their photography much like those of regarded professional photographers have the ability to impact the societal culture of the present and future.

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Textile/Surface Design

Textile/Surface Design students created textiles of painted, woven, and screen printed techniques. They implemented classical forms of textile creation with innovative new technologies. They created their own aesthetics within the requirements of the textile industry. Their final pieces showcase the students ability to create new textiles that are creative, full of required techniques and its ability to be  marketable.

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Toy Design

The class of Toy Design uses imagination to help develop kids self -image. Students created toys that help create a healthy lifestyle of play. Their toys also challenge critical thinking in the child who plays with them. Students incorporated community issues, culture, nature into their interactive children’s games. The toys ranged from stuffed animals, board games, digital worlds and more.

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Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design

The Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design program focuses on the ability create environments that inspire, inform and persuade the viewer. Students created life size mock ups of events such as a retail space, display, museum exhibition, event or individual place. The students process included the design process and market analysis with the help of industry experts. Their designs were reviewed in an exhibition and finally developed digitally and physically.

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It was immensely interesting to see what the future of the creative fields have in store. There is no shortage of creativity with students like these and the colleges that mold them into productive creators. As I walked through the exhibition I was not only learning about these creative majors but remembering my own time in college. There are more details and hours that go into the final product of a creative industry than consumers and viewers realize.

T.S.

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NYC Christmas Market’s Part Two

Christmas Cards in NYC

Christmas may be over but are you really ready for it to be over? No me neither! I’m not ready for all the Christmas decorations to be put away. I don’t want the Christmas markets to disappear. Here a few more great companies I discovered while walking around the NYC Christmas markets.

Verrier Handcrafted at Union Square & Grand Central Station Holiday Fair

Cards with a fashionable NYC touch these unique cards are sure to be memorable for any occasion. Created by a mother-daughter duo Ashleigh and Jude Verrier twelve years ago.  Thoughtful cards are glamorized with glitter, paint and embellishments all developed by Ashleigh. Produced by artisans the brand creates all their cards in a Union Square studio. Verrier Handcrafted can be found in stores around the globe including Bergdorf Goodman, Harrods of London, Isetan in Tokyo and their boutique in Union Square and Christmas popups. These cities and more from around the globe are also themes for their vibrant cards. Cards named “a bad day in new york city is still better than a good day anywhere else”, ” Paris is always a good idea” and ” Take me to Venice” pay homage to iconic cities around the world.

Christmas Cards in NYC

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Verrier Cards

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These miniature art pieces are a great way to  celebrate  every kind of occasion like weddings and birthdays with cards “eat, drink, be married” and ” wishing you a fabulously chic birthday”. While simple affirmation cards are a great way to get a feeling across with cards like “more issues than Vogue” or “yes you can can”.  Kids can also recieve or give cards embellished with colorful animals and ice cream cones. Phone cases, notepads, prints and boxed sets can also be found with painted beautiful colors and embellishments.  I found these at the Union Square Christmas Market and the Grand Central Holiday Fair. Cards are $9.00 each,see more of Verrier’s cards here.

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Julie Nolan at Union Square

Julie Nolan Jewelry based in Massachusetts has been making jewelry since the age of six. After nine months at New York’s Studio Jewelers a trade school in Jewelry making she created Julie Nolan Jewelry. Her first collection was showcased in the Catbird Boutique in Brooklyn and Anthropoligie stores. The resources for her jewelry are unusually man-made, organic, discarded or natural materials sourced in the USA. Julie’s jewelry is also made through unique processes like ancient cold forging that gives pieces a textured look.

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Julie Nolan Jewelry

Gifts found at an nyc Christmas market

Julie Nolan Jewelry

The process of lost wax casted jewelry includes a duplicate piece of metal jewelry made from a wax sculpture. This unique process like that of cold forging is an ancient technique dating back to West African sculptors in the 1400’s. The Zodiac collection  is made through the process of making dents into gold and silver using constellations found in the turn of the century Swiss calendar. Julie’s husband and a  team of four other artisans help with the production of the jewelry. Prices starting at $26.00 are comparable for 14 carat rings while unique mobile’s for crib’s made of driftwood and brass are $500.00. Find out more about Julie Nolan here.

Jewelry found at an NYC Christmas market

Julie Nolan Jewelry

Jewlery found at a NYC Christmas Market

Julie Nolan Jewelry

Cup of Curiosity at The 5th Avenue Shopping Court

Cup of Curiosity is a jewelry line that I found intriguing. Beautiful feminine pieces  in their Myra collection could be found as well as unique ones in their Rune Collection. The Myra collection consist of  four sub-divisions. The Eternity line is minimalistic consisting of simple gold, rose gold and silver jewelry. Their Mystere collection is inspired by the Middle East and the spiritual symbol, the evil eye. The Soulful Allure group includes circular pieces inspired by ancient silver and gold coins. While the Eye of M. Y.R.R.A  assortment are statement pieces with gold, sapphires and diamonds resembling the evil eye. Myra

Jewlery found at an NYC christmas market

Myrra Collection

Jelwery found at and NYC Christmas Market

Myrra Jewelry

Found at and NYC Christmas Market

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The Rune collection is inspired by the Scandinavian Runes, also known as the alphabet throughout Europe, Scandinavia and Britain in the 100 B.C.E.- 1600 C.E. time period. Runes were known to be used in magic and only by the higher archery of the time. Their rune collection of necklaces, bracelets and rings all have a symbolic meaning dating back to this society and belief. Their Alchemy ring is believed to have healing powers, while their ANSUZ charm is symbolic for knowledge, communication and inspiration. Meanings of wealth, generosity, creativity and many more have their own charm throughout the collection. The Ether line of the Rune collection consisting of silver and delicate gems symbolizes the fifth element known in philosophy as sky and spirit. Cup of Curiosity

Jewlery Collection at NYC Christmas Market

Nordic Rune Collection

 

Jewlery found at an NYC Christmas Market

Cup of Curiosity Rune Collection

I really enjoyed finding all these great companies and unique pieces in the Christmas markets around the City. The holiday season has passed way to quickly in my opinion! Let me know how your Christmas was. What markets, sights and sounds were your favorite?

T.S.