NEW YORK -- Display and design students at the Fashion Institute of Technology showed off their talents at "Nothing Moves Like Lycra," a state-of-the-art fabric display using knitted and woven fabrics in Lycra spandex blends. The exhibition also served as the students' final exam.

Yards of white and magenta-pink mesh and jerseys, from Liberty Fabrics and United Knitting, were hung outside the school.

Inside, the exhibit continued with high tech rotating globes, drums wrapped with patterned silver metallic material on fabric-covered platforms and mannequins in Lycra spandex blend fashions from such designers as Donna Karan, Todd Oldham, Byron Lars, Mark Eisen and Norma Kamali.

Anne Kong, adjunct professor, said the students selected the Lycra blend fabrics because the fiber's versatility continues to modernize fabrics for all types of apparel.

"We learned about material, how well it structures and drapes," said Dawn Frusciante, a student who worked on the display.

Among the new fabrics displayed were Fabrictex's sage suede knit in Tactel nylon and Lycra, Lida Inc.'s distressed terry knit in cotton, nylon and Lycra and Anglo Fabrics' black linen-type in wool and Lycra.

About 100 guests attended the opening.

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