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Fashion Design Student Fan Favorite

Fashion design student Carter Kidd was a finalist in the Met  Museum's 2013 "Punk: Chaos to Couture" competion. Garments created were displayed at the museum's college group "Chaos to Couture" event on May 14, 2013. Kidd won the "Fan Favorite" vote.

DDI Student Window Challenge 2013

Two visual presentation and exhibition students, Corey Ring and Kristen Eichenberg won first place in the second annual DDI Student Window Challenge.

CFDA Scholarship Award 2013

Two fashion design students tied for a CFDA scholarship of $10,000 to be used for tuition.

Hannah Kim        $10,000

Peter Do              $10,000

Yanan Zhao        $5,000

Jessica DeVries    Honorable mention

The Jones Jewelry Group FIT 2012-13 Competition

Theme:                Design It Forward

Premise:              Fit students have been challenged to create a small jewelry collection.

The challenge to students is to identify “white spaces” within the Jones Jewelry Group brands and to design a small collection of six to eight pieces, including necklaces, bracelets, earring and/or rings.

Students may target a customer at the couture, designer, bridge, better, moderate or mass market level and price points. Jones is especially interested in the youthful perspective of students whose designs may take Jones forward.

Judging was on May 20, 2013 at the Jones Jewelry group Showroom in NYC.


First Place:                     Ms. Yu-Chieh Ko                             $1500

First Runner up:             Ms. Sun Hyang Ha                            $1000

Second Runner up:         Ms. Tiffany Chang                              $ 500

Fashion Design Runway Winners 2013


Industry Critic:  Bonnie Young                 Critic Winner:    Thaiana Cruz


Industry Critic:  Flora Nikrooz                  Critic Winner:    Alina Kulik


Industry Critic:  Lars Andersson               Critic Winner:    Sijeo Kim

Industry Critic:  Tom Scott                      Critic Winner:    Marines Padilla


Industry Critic:  Maggie Norris                 Critic Winner:    Elle (Eleonore) Loow

Industry Critic:  Amsale Aberra               Critic Winner:    Trung Vu


Industry Critic:  Gary Graham                   Critic Winner:    Carly Rosenbrook

Industry Critic:  Lisa Perry                        Critic Winner:    Jae Lee

Industry Critic:  David Neville and             Critic Winner:    Miguel Pena

Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone


Tae Kyung Kim             1st place     $10,000

Jong Suk Park               2nd place    $  5,000.

Emily Levine                 3rd place     $  3,000.


Tae Kyung Kim

Loehmann's NY Design Challenge Competition

Ou Ma, fashion design student won the Loehmann's NY Design Challenge competition, held exclusively with FIT. She received $2,000 cash prize and lunch with Loehmann's CEO. Ou's garments along with second and third place winners Maor Tapiro and Valeria Wang were showcased in Loehmann's Chelsea storefront window.

Fashion Design Student wins Scholarship

Sehyun Park has won the women's wear category for the 2013 Joe's Blackbook Scholarship Design Competition. Sehyun received a $10,000 scholarship.

Graphic Design Student Wins Maybelline Contest

Freddie Torberntsson – winner
• Eighth-semester Graphic Design, won the Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm packaging design competition.
• From Gothenburg, Sweden
• Won over the judges with concept that offered a “bold impression of color and black stripes as well as playfulness.”
• Receiving a $1,500 cash prize from Maybelline
• Torberntsson’s design will be produced and initially sold as limited edition in Asia.

Runners up
Joshua Martinez (2nd) from Baltimore, MD $1000
Joseph Brown (3rd) from Far Rockaway, NY $600
Joanna Carrero (4th) from Brooklyn, NY $400
Their designs are being considered for future limited design collections.

FIT Students Win Illustration Competition

Seven FIT students have won scholarships in the nationwide Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship competition. Their work will be part of an exhibition at the Society’s Museum of American Illustration in New York City May 14 through June 5. Their awards and certificates will be presented at the exhibition’s opening reception.

Fashion Design Students Win Femmy Awards

Three FIT Fashion Design students specializing in intimate apparel have won the 2013 Femmy Awards Student Design Contest sponsored by The Underfashion Club, a not-for-profit organization that aids the promotion and growth of the lingerie industry by educating, influencing, and attracting new talent. The competition called for FIT students to create original and innovative intimate apparel designs based on a floral theme.

First place winner Tiffany Spagnuolo from Hawthorne, NY, received a $5,000 scholarship for her “Dark Bloom” design.

Second place winner Tessa Saccone from Massapequa Park, NY, won a $4,000 scholarship for “Moonlit Azaleas,”

Third place winner Sara Shanahan from Atlanta, GA, won a $3,000 scholarship for “Nocturnal Blossom.”

Three other finalists –  Alina Kulik, Judy Yang, and Erin Brennan, who created “Wilting Dream,” “Midnight Petals,” and “Fleur de Reve” respectively – each received $1,000.

Interior Design Students On Good Day NY

Interior design students Natalie Zepeda and Kristeen Arnold, and Assistant Chair Eric Daniels, appeared on Good Day NY to discuss the Interior Design Relief Project. A project that offers free design plans to Long Beach families whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Watch the video here

Jewelry Design Students Win Eyewear Design Contest

Jewelry Design students Patricia Tovar and Sun Hyang Ha are the winners of Silhouette Optical Ltd.’s first design contest at FIT.  Tovar, from Astoria, Queens, and Ha, from Seoul, Korea, took top prizes in the competition by creating winning eyewear for two signature Silhouette brands: Silhouette Essentials and Silhouette & adidas, respectively. Neeranuj Wongawasin from Bangkok, Thailand, and Ha took second and third place in the Silhouette Essentials category. Barbara Bertieri from La-Spezia, Italy, and Kristen Harvey from Cedar Grove, NJ, were the second- and third-place winners in the Silhouette & adidas category. All five finalists received certificates for their participation and a cash prize.

Tovar’s cat-eye design exemplified Silhouette’s focus on giving the wearer the best comfort and taking the wearing experience “to the next level,” said McLaughlin. “This style is timeless and innovative, and certainly a futuristic dimension of Silhouette’s essential style.” Ha’s frames, featuring a unique element that resembles wood grain, added a “one-of-a-kind design element – no two frames will be alike,” McLaughlin said. “The attention to Silhouette’s foundation of lightweight, rimless design, combined with modern design accents makes this fit nicely within the Silhouette luxury world.”


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Three Winning Interior Design Students Named in Rockrose Competition

Designs by Gregory Bardwell from Ossining, NY; Paola Barraza from Columbia, South America; and Katherine Stec from Queens, NY, three fifth-semester students majoring in Interior Design have won the Rockrose Development Corp. Model Studio Interior Design competition. The students designs will be installed next spring in three different model studio apartments at Linc LIC.

Winning Student Designs on Display in DSW Design Competition

The winning entries of the DSW sponsored design competition titled A Design Affair will be on display at the DSW store on 34th Street, between Seventh and Eighth avenues, until December 7. The grand prize winner is Accessory Design major Sun Jeong Kang, and additional winners are Rochelle Roque, Ahyoung Kwak, Lucinda Sun, and Yina Bae. Kangs winning shoe designs will be produced in January and sold at DSW.

Evergreen Packaging Contest Winner  

Packaging Design student Jennifer Ahern, a sixth semester student won the grand prize in Project Carton sponsered by Evergreen Packaging.

More than 24 Packaging Design students competed to create new eco-friendly beverage cartons. The winners were announced at a VIP reception on October 28 during the packaging industry’s annual PACK EXPO International trade show in Chicago.

CAROLEE Jewelry Design Competition Winners

Under the guidance of the FIT Jewelry Design Department and the professional design team at CAROLEE, students began the design process September 2011 and presented their final designs for judging in the Spring 2012. Students competed in four key categories: Pearls, Metals, Fashion, and Bridal/Social. A fifth "People's Choice" winner was voted online through a Facebook contest.

The winners are:

  • Palwasha Iqbal in the Fashion category
  • Yoonji Choi in the Pearls category
  • Prakshi Sharma in the Social/Bridal category
  • Christine Gonzalez in the Metals category
  • Elyse Spencer as the People's Choice winner

In addition to winning $1000 apiece, all five winners' jewelry designs have been manufactured by CAROLEE and are making their debut in major US and international department stores in the Fall. The FIT students' winning collections will also be featured extensively in advertising and in top fashion and lifestyle publications in the fall.

SAIG Scholarship Recipients Spring 2012

Intimate apparel students awarded SAIG Scholarships.

    Student                                           Award          Semester

  • Caroline Arigirokastristis                  $7000.             6th
  • Victoria Roth                                   $7,000.            “
  • Sara Shanahan                                 $7000.             “
  • Tiffany Spagnuolo                            $7000.             “
  • Yazmil Flores                                   $7000.             “
  • Jennifer Campagna                           $6000.             “
  • GinaMarie Pezzolanti                        $5000.             “
  • Judy Yang                                        $5000.             “
  • Marie Heffernan                               $5000.             4th
  • Danielle Ortiz                                   $5000.             “
  • Erin Brennan                                    $4000.             6th
  • Tessa Saccone                                 $4000.             “

    The Future of Fashion Award Winners 2012

    Critic Award Winners

    • Children's Wear:
      Tara Ricci - Michelle Smith, Critic
    • Intimate Apparel:
      Lorna Laurentino - Alicia Raimondo, Critic
    • Knitwear:  
      Shannon Green - Dushane Noble, Critic
      Rosa Ng - Wenlan Chia, Critic
    • Special Occasion:  
      Mimi Prober - Amsale Aberra, Critic
      Andrea Lucchese - Victor Alfaro, Critic
    • Sportswear:
      Anya Shakhmeyster - Gaby Basora, Critic
      Yen Hua Wendy Chen - Josie Natori, Critic
      Mallory Williams - Diane von Furstenberg, Critic
      Joshua Myrie - Wendi Reed, Critic

    Best Use of Cotton Award Winners

    • Maira Houck, Sportswear - First Place, $10,000
    • Lorna Laurentino, Intimate Apparel - Second Place, $5,000 
    • Martha Kelley, Knitwear - Third Place, $2,500   

    FIT Students Named Winners in Mattel’s Barbie Play With Fashion Contest 2012

    First-place winners, each of whom received $5,000, are: 

    • Maor Tapiro (Brooklyn, NY), Fashion Design 
    • Jessica Mazur (Oswego, NY), Interior Design 
    • Veronica Zhou (New York, NY), Jewelry Design 
    • Loreal Prystaj (Rochester, NY), Photography 
    • Elyse Falato (Basking Ridge, NJ), Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design

    Second-place winners, each of whom received $3,000, are: 

    • Jessy Ayala, (New York, NY), Fashion Design 
    • Sarah Hatch,(Jacksonville, FL), Interior Design 
    • Kittinuch Amatayakul (Bangkok, Thailand), Jewelry Design 
    • Chris Arena, (Plainview, NY), Photography 
    • Sarah Karp, (Lattingtown, NY), Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design

    Third-place prizes of $2,000 each went to: 

    • Justin Gushue, (Cinnaminson, NJ), Fashion Design 
    • Katie McTammany, (Rochester, NY),Interior Design 
    • Min Kyung Kim, (Chang Won Si, South Korea), Jewelry Design 
    • Binh Nguyen,(Saigon, Vietnam), Photography 
    • Dahea You, (Seoul, Korea), Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design   


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