Intimate Apparel

Caroline Argirokastritis
Shelby Township, Michigan
There is a mystery in intimate apparel that holds privacy and sensuality and explores
a physical sensation from fabrics and design. My goal is to design delicacy while
incorporating hard and modern edges and masking sensual and modern silhouettes with
lace. Artistically, designing garments has taken me through a wave of exploration.
I began my own dress line at 15 and, through my education at the Fashion Institute
of Technology, I was led to intimate apparel. Without any experience, I was honored
to win the first-place scholarship in the Underfashion Club competition for Intimate
Apparel. Growing up in Europe, my roots are in the sensual vision of expression throughout
the continent, which allows me to explore the design of lingerie as female artistic
beauty.
Angenille Barredo
Manila, Philippines
I was born in Manila, Philippines, and grew up in the United States. As a child I
loved the arts. I painted, drew, played the violin, sang, danced ballet, and performed
in musicals. Artistic expression and creativity are a huge part of my life, and through
designing intimate apparel, I am able to express the adoration of seduction and elegance
that captivates me. My senior thesis is a combination of my love of music and art.
As a designer, there is this world of beauty filled with glamorous mystique within
me that I would love to share with those who appreciate this form of paradise.
Erin Brennan
Bloomsbury, New Jersey
I never thought I would end up studying Intimate Apparel at the Fashion Institute
of Technology in New York. I am from a small town out in New Jersey, where fashion
really isn’t too important to anyone. My grandma taught me how to sew when I was young.
I remember drawing a picture of a gown. I refused to use patterns and I had no idea
what I was doing, but I made it. Transforming my drawing into something real pushed
me to continue. It was amazing to be able to turn something so flat and simple into
a garment. I really enjoyed creating unique things and making them the way I wanted.
I cannot see myself doing anything else. I am so passionate about intimate apparel
design and what these garments do for women. In my garments, I want women to feel
beautiful in a way they never have before.
Jennifer Campagna
Setauket, New York
Every time I design something and it comes to life, I feel as if the inner workings
of my mind are standing before me. When I was young, I discovered how to use a pencil
to unlock my imagination. From there, I couldn’t stop. Everywhere I went a sketchbook
went with me. The day I learned of fashion design as a career (I was about 11) I set
it as my ultimate goal. Channeling my creativity into fashion was something I took
to instantly, and it was something that I simply loved doing. I think what makes me
unique is my passion and my personal style. I design from my heart. Everything that
I am gives me my voice as a designer. I am a hopeless romantic, a video game nerd,
an artist, a writer, but, above all, I am a dreamer. And designing is my dream come
true.
Yazmil Flores
Hamden, CT
I was born to Latin-American parents and the stories and traditions of their culture
inspired my artistic style. Since the age of nine, I knew my single aspiration was
to become a fashion designer. Throughout high school, I worked toward that goal, spending
half of my schooling in regular high school and the other studying fine arts. My dream
was to attend FIT. I design intimate apparel because I strive to create garments for
women of all shapes and sizes. In a body-image-crazed society, I create beautiful
intimate apparel to enhance a woman’s curves and to reflect her beauty both inside
and outside.
(Karen) Alina Kulik
Chatham, New Jersey and Hoboken, New Jersey
I have always wanted to be a fashion designer. The first documented evidence is a
poster from kindergarten, where I wrote clothes designer for what I wanted to be when
I grew up. I have dreamed of fashion and dared to be different since then. I have
an incredible eye for design in all aspects of my life. I love intimate apparel because
of the incredible attention to detail, the importance of fit, and the use of luxurious
textiles. As an intimate apparel designer, I combine sporty, easy-to-wear silhouettes
with interesting laces and silks to create a completely unique look. I am infatuated
with hand beading and fabric manipulation. I truly live to design and create.
Mira Jeong
Seoul, South Korea
I am currently in my eighth semester, which means that I am ready to enter the real
industry soon. I love intimate apparel design. Designing lingerie requires beautiful
design in addition to comfort and functionality. Designs can emphasize the female
figure with foundation pieces and give women more confidence in how they look. In
my point of view, designers should think about comfort with beauty and balance them
both. That is how I want to design.
Larissa Kate Lampitelli
Sayville, New York
Growing up on Long Island, New York, has allowed me to be inspired by the soft colors
and hues of the seaside. As a child, I was a dancer for fourteen years. Performance
costumes, along with my enjoyment of painting, drawing, and jewelry design, led me
to the world of fashion. I took sewing classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology,
where I went on to pursue my undergraduate education in Fashion Design. In my sophomore
year I studied in Florence, Italy. This experience helped me broaden and enhance my
creative process. In Florence, I discovered my love for designing intimate apparel.
Fashion is the way I am best able to express myself as well as demonstrate my creative
capabilities. As I aspire to my own intimate apparel label, I continue to push the
limits by creating garments that flatter the body as well as express my design philosophies.
Yiesung Lee
Seoul, South Korea
Since I was young, I wanted to become a creative person. I had so much fun choosing
fabrics, playing around with a sewing machine, and drawing fashion figures. Even though
I was a little girl, I dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. I came to the Fashion
Institute of Technology and realized that I love laces and lightweight fabrics like
chiffon and silk. I chose to focus on intimate apparel because I can be very creative
and beautiful at the same time, creating something that every woman wants to wear.
I love designing for women who have beautiful minds and warm hearts.
Emily Miller
Shelby Township, Michigan
There is a mystery in intimate apparel that holds privacy and sensuality and explores
a physical sensation from fabrics and design. My goal is to design delicacy while
incorporating hard and modern edges and masking sensual and modern silhouettes with
lace. Artistically, designing garments has taken me through a wave of exploration.
I began my own dress line at 15 and, through my education at the Fashion Institute
of Technology, I was led to intimate apparel. Without any experience, I was honored
to win the first-place scholarship in the Underfashion Club competition for Intimate
Apparel. Growing up in Europe, my roots are in the sensual vision of expression throughout
the continent, which allows me to explore the design of lingerie as female artistic
beauty.
lindsay moore Lindsay Jane Moore
Summit, New Jersey; relocated to New Milford, Connecticut
Throughout my youth, I traveled around the world with my family. Culture quickly became
part of my life. I am always curious to learn about new social movements and the ones
from the past that shape youths movements today. I design as a form culture and art.
I don’t want to make what is already on the market; I want to celebrate a new creation,
and brand new ideas. I want to create works of art that can be worn and make you feel
like one of a kind. In a world flooded with repetitive clothing, with one company
copying the next, I feel like we are loosing independent style and culture. I am inspired
by nature and British culture. My garments are elegant and tailored, but they have
a raw attitude. Our bodies should be celebrated, so lets dress for the occasion.
GinaMarie Pezzolanti
Valhalla, New York
From the age of nine, I have been dedicated to design and being successful. I have
taken classes and created countless projects since then, but to this day I still desire
to learn. I love designing and expressing myself through intimate apparel pieces because
of the dedication and passion it takes to create these beautiful garments that require
a precise fit. I take inspiration from personal experiences, new adventures, history,
and people I meet. As a person and a designer, I never stop fighting for what I want
and I strive to keep getting better. I am very thankful and grateful for my family,
friends, and teachers who have always supported me and my dreams.
Victoria Roth
Perkasie, Pennsylvania
Growing up in suburban Pennsylvania, I began drawing from the time I could pick up
a pencil. When I learned how to sew in a middle school Home Economics class, two and
two clicked together and I decided to major in Fashion Design in college. As a designer,
I have become more and more immersed in the computer work associated with fashion
design. I started taking digital design courses in high school, learning Photoshop,
Illustrator, and Lightwave. The courses at FIT have increased my knowledge of these
programs, as well as Lectra Kaledo, Web PDM, InDesign, and Gerber Accumark. My two-year
design internship at Victorias Secret has taught me how important these programs are
in the mass market, and I love being able to use them every day.
Tessa Saccone
Farmingdale, New York
From an early age I knew that I would choose a career involving art. Thanks to Mrs.
Germaine, my high school Fashion Art teacher who greatly inspired me, I applied to
the Fashion Institute of Technology to pursue a life in fashion. Fashion design fulfills
my innate need to express myself and release creativity. To me, clothes are a form
of body art that allows the human body to be a canvas and the designer to apply the
colors and shapes in a way that reflects the inner personality of the person wearing
the clothes. Being a fashion designer is inspiring. Through the creation and expression
of garments, a person can be whoever they want and can evoke their own feelings of
strength and beauty just by putting on clothes. Clothes are practical, beautiful,
and they make people feel good about themselves—this is why I design.
Sara Shanahan
Atlanta, Georgia
From a young age, I have always been inclined toward the arts, but my love for fashion
design was originally inspired by sewing lessons from my grandmother. I owe my Nana
not only my acceptance into FIT, but my great love for detail and patience in sewing.
From helping me sew my first pattern to making homecoming dresses and teaching me
how to crochet, she has inspired my interest to continue learning. Intimate apparel
has become a true passion for me since pursuing this field for my BFA. As a designer,
I am drawn to a combination of modern design with simplistic, smooth lines and playful,
feminine details. The beautiful laces, detailed construction, and attention to precise
fit ignite my fascination with intricate embellishments, and design that fully embraces
the feminine form.
Tiffany Diana Spagnuolo
Hawthorne, New York
My journey as a designer began from the second I could hold a needle. I owe my career
to my aunt, Rita Beatrice, who first introduced the concept of sewing to me. She taught
me how to thread a needle and different types of hand stitches. My first creation
was a hand-sewn cotton pillow. From that point, I knew that all I wanted to do was
design and see my creations come to life. I did everything I could to better educate
myself about design, from taking sewing classes, drawing classes, and even going to
a vocational school part-time for a Fashion Design course. I am so fortunate that
the Fashion Institute of Technology has a specialization in Intimate Apparel because
it is my true calling.
Nina Trimble
Bloomington, Illinois
I have had a love for fashion design since I was a young girl cutting up Barbie clothes
to make new garments. My Grandma Amy, who had superb taste and an eye for fashion,
was a huge influence on me. When my mom and grandma took me shopping we would look
at the gorgeous beaded gowns. I fell for luxury and began buying chiffons and charmeuse
fabric to drape and pin around my body. When I was 9 years old, I signed up for a
sewing class and by high school I was designing and making evening gowns for my dances.
I have always paid close attention to detail and craftsmanship and I found a passion
for intimate apparel design. Through my experience at FIT I have been able to hone
my skills and in 2012, I had the honor of receiving first prize in the Femmy Student
Design Competition.
Natasha Wilson
Teaneck, New Jersey
I have always been a creative person and I knew my career path would deal with the
arts in some way. It wasn’t until I was 12 years old and saw a local fashion show
that I knew without a doubt that I wanted to be a designer. I realized that designing
was an art. It amazed me that someone could create a work of art that then would come
to life and serve a purpose other than just being aesthetically pleasing. I design
because there is no better feeling then creating something out of nothing. When I
design, I see what I do as creating walking art. A beautiful garment does not have
to stay on a wall or locked up in a room, it has the ability to be seen by thousands
and to travel all over the world.
Judy C Yang
Elmhurst, New York, and Taipei, Taiwan
Ever since I was a little girl in Taiwan, I loved to doll myself up in lacy, ruffly
dresses. My love for feminine touches was rekindled in my years at Bronx Science High
School after discovering Japanese lingerie brands. It ultimately led me to fashion
design, and I instantly fell in love with intimate apparel. Although I have steered
away from the cute Japanese girly looks, and moved toward a more sexy and romantic
style, I am still attracted to the same sheer, soft fabrications. By chasing after
what my passion, I was able to achieve other goals within intimate apparel, such as
receiving a SAIG scholarship, modeling my own designs, and becoming one of the Femmy’s
finalists of 2013.
Gina M Zappala
Warwick, New York
My decision to pursue a fashion design major started when I was a child. Moving back
and forth from urban to rural environments, I’ve always had to adapt to changes. I
was often left to be the odd one out. So I took this as a way to define myself, and
became independent at a very young age. Creativity was my strong suit, and art was
my escape. Both of them led me in a direction I have yet to look back from. I wanted
to be unique. After going to one of the top design schools in the country, I’ve educated
myself correctly on the science of fashion. Sure it’s great to be different, but to
be recognized as someone who can bring something relevant and fresh is the most important.
I have learned to be a little bit of both, and that’s why I design—to show the world that I can bring it.

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