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Barkinistas Unleashed - FIT's Fourth Annual Pet Apparel and Accessories Fashion Show

Cheri Fein, executive director, Public and Media Relations
[email protected], 212 217.4700

Wednesday, April 18, 5 6:30 pm
Free and Open to the Public

The dogs will have their day at the Fashion Institute of Technology's fourth annual pet apparel and accessories runway show, BARKinistas Unleashed. This always popular event will take place on April 18 from 5- 6:30 pm in the colleges Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street.

Although the show is free and open to the public, tickets are required. For admission, contact Paige Smith, FIT School of Continuing and Professional Studies, 212 217.4619 or [email protected].

Approximately 12 canines will take to the dog walk to present about two dozen unique designs created by students in the FIT Center for Professional Studies Pet Product Design and Marketing professional development certificate program.

BARKinistas Unleashed is also a charitable endeavor, held in partnership with the New York City Mayors Alliance and Bideawee Animal Shelter, to benefit animals in need. A raffle, to be held during the shows intermission, will feature gifts donated by stores, hotels, restaurants, spas, and wineries.

As in previous years, the show is conceptualized, designed, and produced by FIT's Advertising and Marketing Communications BS programs fourth-year Special Events Marketing class.

Since the programs inception five years ago, a number of certificate holders have gone on to start their own pet product lines or enter the pet product world. Ada Nieves, one of the first recipients of the certificate and owner of Ada Nieves for Pets, commented, Obtaining a certificate from an institution such as FIT has given me a solid foundation as a pet stylist.

The Pet Product Design and Marketing professional development certificate program is noncredit and consists of eight courses, including Who's Who In the Pet Products World, How to Get Your Pet Apparel and Product Concepts to Market, Fashion Design for Pet Apparel, Pet Accessories and Lifestyle Product Design, Quick Sketching for the Pet Product Business, Pet Accessory Design Studio, Patternmaking for Dog Garments, and Introduction to Pet Product Branding.

The Center for Professional Studies, a department in FIT's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, offers 12 professional development certificate programs and a wide array of other noncredit courses. These courses of study, providing comprehensive coverage of a particular career specialty or field, are geared toward industry-experienced individuals seeking career advancement or change. Our mission with the Pet Product program is to open up opportunities for designers and merchandisers where their previous fashion-related education and career experiences can be applied to a new exciting field that is on the up-swing, said Joan Volpe, managing coordinator of the Center for Professional Studies. Owning pets is very much a part of today's lifestyle and has created a demand for a wide array of well executed products.

The Fashion Institute of Technology, a part 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. Internationally renowned, FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. 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.

Visit http://blog.fitnyc.edu/hottopicsinsider, follow us on Twitter @TheBarkinistas or visit http://www.facebook.com/BARKPetFashion to view designer profiles, sneak peaks, or last years show.