This is not Project Runway

Recently, much publicity has surfaced about the four lovely ladies selected to write this blog about our 8th semester fashion show. We love publicity, yes, and we are greatful for it, but please, STOP comparing what we do to Project Runway.

Sure, we all were glued around the TV when the first, and maybe even the second season came out, but now, Project Runway’s welcome has worn out. What we do is far from the hyped up and glitzy drama of the show. Yes we spend many long hours creating our garments, but what you don’t realize is that we must design, create, and present garments to the standards of real couture. The process is grueling and things are not simple. We are true artists (not to say that some PR contestants weren’t) and we take pride in what we do. Project Runway is as far from fashion reality as you can get. Don’t think that a stint on a TV show will make you a famous household name, or to present your line at Bryant Park is a simple feat. There is serious, serious work involved, and it is not for the faint of heart. Here at FIT we don’t to produce masterpieces just so we can earn a spot on a TV show. All our hard work is in preparation to enter the industry as a talented, creative, and most of all, professional designer. The 8th semester graduating fashion show is to showcase to the industry the talent of the student designers that has been cultivated for four long years.

That said…

I am currently working on my second ensemble that is going to be made out of 95% cotton. I am very interested in antiques and often go to the NYC flea markets to see if I can find a buried treasure. A few months back, I found a stash of the most gorgeous Victorian era handmade cotton lace. I have been looking for a reason to use it, and now this is my chance. The piece I found was originally intended to be a large collar piece for a dress. It is made in the finest manner and it is just prettier than anything I could find in the garment district. It was originally a circular piece that I attached to the bottom of my cropped bustier and got beautiful flares, without having to do anything! Love it.

Victorian Lace

Victorian Lace

It is still in the draping phase because we had to spend more time on the first garment to meet the deadline. It will be my “spring break” (I use the phrase spring break loosely, because its more like a slower paced workweek) project.

Cropped Bustier in Progress

Cropped Bustier in Progress

This garment is due on April 12th when everything must be completed. The intimate apparel specialization will only be showing 2 garments because we would rather make two perfectly completed garments that we did not “rush” to finish. The third ensemble will be a bias gown, which everyone has to do, but will be an end of the semester project, not for the fashion show. Honestly, I can’t even think that far ahead at the moment.

If anyone can help me with my dilemma it would be much appreciated- Does anyone know a place where I could get antique lace at a price that won’t break the bank? I have already tried Lace Star and Sposabella, nothing that would work. I need some extra lace to make the bra cup and panty. Help!

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  1. I am IN LOVE with this lace!!! Kudos for scavenging around for it. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product.

  2. When I read the article on Refinery 29 I didn’t take it as if they were saying what we are doing is like Project Runway, at all. I found it to be extremely flattering that they wrote an article about all the hard work we’re doing. The title of the article is, “Fashion Institute of Technology Students do Project Runway, Their Way”, not Fashion Institute of Technology Students do Project Runway..

  3. Yes, I agree with you when you said that it was very nice of them to consider writing a piece on us on their blog. Don’t get me wrong, I am VERY appreciative for the press. I guess my post came out more a little more “heated” than intended (I am incurring a lot of slack from fellow readers), but I would just like the fashion world to see us for who we are and apart from a dramatized TV show.

  4. Out of curiosity how long would it take to get that done from start to finish.

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