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An argument with Naomi Campbell convinced stylist Philip Shubin to change his focus from people to inanimate objects. For a decade he had been dressing TV personalities (Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric) and actors (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford) for photo shoots, but working with diva models was becoming increasingly fraught. The Fashion Institute of Technology alumnus told a disgruntled Campbell, “I can make a bed look just as voluptuous as a model, but the...
In the first few minutes of the 2014 hit Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, not one human appears. A pack of majestic apes hunt deer through a lush rain forest, dense with trees that seem to reach upward forever. Their faces are expressive, their hair ripples in the gentlest breeze, and their muscles tense and relax beneath their skin. When a trigger-happy Homo sapiens finally barges in, it’s hard not to side...
FIT was here (sorta). The moon landing. The Battle of Iwo Jima. Abraham Lincoln’s funeral. These indelible historic moments are united by the stirring presence of the Stars and Stripes, a patriotic symbol of America. Remarkably, one company made flags for all these events and countless more: Annin Flagmakers. With 500 employees in three factories in Virginia and Ohio, Annin is the largest flag manufacturer in the U.S. Founded in Lower Manhattan in 1847 by Alexander...
Some of the most exciting and inventive work in the design world is focused on sustainability. Below, Lydia Baird shares how she and a peer developed the muslin textile composing system on FIT’s campus. You and Willa Tsokanis ’16 established a textile composting system at FIT. How did you come up with the idea? I started as a Fashion Design student, and I was very aware of how much muslin was being thrown out. In my textile fibers class,...