Larissa King is a designer, educator, and proud FIT Intimate Apparel BFA alumna, with nearly two decades of industry experience with Hanky Panky and various freelance clients. In addition, she currently designs and produces her own small line of romantic dancewear, Entrechat Dance.
She is passionate about sustainability, inclusivity, and ethical manufacturing. She has participated in industry panel discussions on these issues at the invitation of the Underfashion Club, Interfilière NY, and Curve NY, among other organizations.
Her creative work has appeared in numerous fashion publications worldwide, including Vogue, Elle, WWD, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, People, WGSN, Intima, and Dance Informa magazine.
What did you find unique about this year's class?
With COVID disrupting a major chunk of the foundation of their educational experience, this year's class has had to overcome a uniquely challenging set of circumstances beyond anyone's control. They have done it with such grace, hard work, and creativity. I know they all have bright careers ahead of them in our special niche of the industry.
Do you have any advice for the graduating class?
Stay true to your values, never stop learning, and always strive to create beautiful, comfortable, high-quality designs that make your customers feel good about themselves. Always respect and value the people who actually make our clothes.
And don't forget, "The details make the design."
What is your favorite part about being a professor?
Teaching at FIT has easily counted among the most rewarding and enriching experiences of my career in fashion. I love encouraging students to push themselves to grow as designers and to focus on the intrinsic rewards of designing things well.
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