Sun Jeong, a 2012 graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology's BFA Accessories Design program and a Gyeunggi Province, Korea native, is the grand prize winner of A Design Affair, a competition sponsored by footwear and accessories retailer DSW for FIT students. Kangs designs are on display in the window of the DSW store on West 34th Street in New York City through December 7. Designs by runner-up Rochelle Roque from Miami, FL; and fellow finalists Ahyoung Kwak from Seoul, Korea; Lucinda Sun from Brooklyn, NY; and Yina Bae from Korea are also on display.
Kangs winning dress shoe and boot will be produced for DSW, each in two colors, and made available for purchase in DSW stores and on DSW.com in January 2013. Additionally, Kang received an internship with footwear distributor Highline United and a $1,500 cash prize.
Through a scholarship sponsored by the Fashion Footwear Association of New York, all five finalists traveled to the Ars Sutoria School in Milan, Italy, to attend a ten-day training program at the acclaimed International Technical Institute of Footwear and Leather Goods.
During the six-week competition, which was held last spring, a panel of leading executives from DSW judged the contest, which required FIT students to submit sketches of a complementary dress shoe and boot to the retailer for consideration.
Kang and fellow finalists were paired with leading shoe vendors to produce prototypes of their shoe concepts. Kang partnered with Highline United to take her designs from sketch to sole.
FIT is a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology, with a wide range of programs that are affordable and relevant to today's rapidly changing industries. Part of the State University of New York, the college offers more than 45 majors leading to the AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees. Accessories Design alumni include footwear designer Brian Atwood; milliner Albertus Swanepoel; Ivy Kirzhner, designer and creative director of footwear for BCBG Max Azria (Camuto Group), who has launched her own shoe line for Spring 2013; and Bob Webber, former creative director, Nina Footwear.
To read more about the contest and Kangs winning design, visit our Hue,Too blog at: http://blog.fitnyc.edu/huetoo/2012/11/30/dsw-gives-student-designers-a-shoe-in-the-door/