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The Future of Fashion Critic Awards are given each year by the industry mentors who work alongside students in their final semester of study. Each critic is a leader in one of our areas of specialization, and many are alumni of FIT’s Fashion Design program. Work selected by the critics is considered the best of the best.
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Awarded by Erin Rechner
This look was inspired by art in the Islamic world combined with genderless fashion for children. The original prints were inspired by arabesque designs, commonly seen in Islamic art. A combination of nylon and cotton twill was used to create the jacket and pants. The Arabic words translate to “inclusive.”
Awarded by Jane Woolrich
The inspiration for this collection began with a series of paintings that the designer’s aunt, Wendy Jackel, created in New York City in the late 1970s. The look features a hand-painted silk charmeuse robe and a corded bustier with Art Deco hardware.
Awarded by Stacey Tester
Ciudad Blanca (White City) is an unexplored ancient city in La Mosquitia rainforest of Honduras. The idea of a white city lost in nature inspired the colors and textures. The collection was created using the machine, hand knitting, and felting.
Awarded by Victor Glemaud
My collection, “The Memory Vessel,” was inspired by memory jugs that are vessels into which small objects representing cherished memories are placed. The styling of each memory jug is unique, covered with texture and multiple materials, making it a perfect container for objects that will keep your memories from fading away.
Awarded by Jessica Ly
This dress is inspired by the feeling of being home, safe in bed. The feeling of being swallowed up in a blanket as the morning light changes to night. The dress is created in a taupe, stretch, silk georgette. The embellished tulle was hand-dyed and woven to mimic a cable-knit design.
Ece Sena Ercanli
Awarded by Sergio “Celestino” Guadarrama
“Zero” dress side embroidery detail with red satin stitch thread embroidery and chiffon piping technique. Black and silver Swarovski bead combination border along with thread embroidery.
Awarded by Megan Smith
Top made of floral-printed sheer silk charmeuse, with its raw edges finished using burned organza. The skirt is made off of Japanese selvedge denim, and decorated with line and fluted details using faux leather and silver metallic nylon that gives structure and a futuristic vibe.
Esther Yitao Li
Awarded by Haidee Findlay-Levin
This collection is inspired by the process of distortion. It started with manipulating filters on regular objects, sculptures, and clothing to develop new silhouettes and possibilities. Lace and plaid are combined to create contrast patterns on the body and experiment more with concepts and shape.
Awarded by James Thomas
The lightweight and water-repellent parka blurs the line between the daytime wear of a career professional, yet stylish for an evening party. It combines a Tyvek shell with detachable sleeves and an organza layer revealed by a leather piece, which can be worn as a skirt or a strapless dress separately.
The concept of this look was based on sex appeal as a suggestion rather than an obvious statement. Focusing on the playfulness of undressing and the subtle illusion of skin exposure. The intention is to give the wearer the power to be provocative in a way that is subtle and refined.
Awarded by Jussara Lee
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Awarded by Sophie Theallet
A mix of semi-precious, bugle, and seed beads. Roller pins dangle from the beaded loops. Bobby pins line the collar while the rollers line the hem/cuff.
Awarded by Kobi Halperin
This collection, “Rethink,” is inspired by Maria Bartuszova, a post-war plaster artist who explored the haptic and fleeting shapes of nature. The fluid drape and knotted rope are an echo of one of her 1963 plasterworks. Here the models’ feet are plastered in reference to Bartuszova’s medium.