Two FIT Fashion Design Students Tie For CFDA’s Top Scholarship Award
The CFDA Scholarship Program is a highly competitive, merit-based scholarship for full-time students attending the nation’s leading fashion institutions.
“The numerous competitions our students win, along with their consistent placement in the CFDA winners’ circle, speak to the outstanding talent of the FIT Fashion Design students,” said Joanne Arbuckle, dean, FIT’s School of Art and Design. “We are especially proud that the CFDA, whose members are the best of the best, has given this recognition and encouragement to these young designers.”
As part of their sixth-semester final project, FIT Fashion Design students were challenged to create a collection with a distinct philosophy. Several students’ designs were selected by FIT faculty and submitted to the CFDA scholarship competition for review.
Kim created a winning collection that was influenced by Italian design houses Dolce & Gabbana and Versace. Do’s fashion line, titled Subvert Traditions, was inspired by French artist Benjamin Carbone. Do also received Honorable Mention in the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship competition, which challenges students to look beyond conforming to trends and the practicality of business in order to advance the art form.
Yanan Zhao from Phillipsburg, NJ, received a $5,000 CDFA Scholarship award for his collection, which infused elements of Japanese culture.
Jessica DeVries from Ledgewood, NJ, received an Honorable Mention in the Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship. Her 15-look collection was inspired by the movie Catch Me If You Can, as well as Liz Claiborne’s dedication to the modern career woman.
About the CFDA
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 370 of America’s foremost women’s wear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, which recognize the top creative talent in the industry, the organization offers programs that support professional development and scholarships, including the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship Award, the Liz Claiborne Scholarship Award, and the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship. The CFDA Scholarship Program has awarded more than $1 million to students since its inception in 1986. Member support is provided through the Business Services Network, a high-profile group of companies offering designers strategic opportunities. Visit www.cfda.com.
The internationally renowned Fashion Design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) was established in 1944, the year the college was founded. The program’s close ties to industry help ensure that the curriculum continually evolves, immersing students in current real-world practice. The program provides both an essential foundation for creating apparel and advanced study in specialized areas. Students intern with leading designers and design houses, and have the opportunity to study abroad, in FIT’s programs in Florence and Milan. Notable alumni include Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Amsale Aberra, Reem Acra, Nina Garcia, Francisco Costa, Brian Atwood, Ralph Rucci, Michelle Smith, Andrew Fezza, Dennis Basso, Norma Kamali, John Bartlett, Stephen Burrows, Jhane Barnes, Miranda Morrison, Kari Sigerson, and Rebecca Moses.
The Fashion Institute of Technology, a college of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for nearly 70 years. With a curriculum that provides a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are affordable and relevant to today’s rapidly changing industries. The college offers more than 45 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace.