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IN HANNANT’S TRUNK: Douglas Hannant has had a solid trunk show season. According to John W. Murphy, director of sales at the New York-based ready-to-wear firm, $419,300 worth of merchandise was sold at a Nov. 11-15 spring trunk show at Bergdorf Goodman. Hannant also sold $110,000 of the spring collection at a Save The Children benefit in September and $390,000 worth of resort merchandise at a trunk show in July.

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Top sellers from spring include a black silk charmeuse shell and silk tulle tutu retailing for $725 and $1,550 respectively; a black-and-white tweed dress with tulle hems for $1,760 and a peach organza ribbon beaded jacket at $6,985.

FINAL EXAM: FIT will present its biannual student fashion show Thursday night at the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre. Roughly 100 prospective fashion design graduates will debut their spring 2003 creations. The runway showcase is the final project for students who have completed a two-year fashion design program that plan on graduating in December. It will be critiqued by Marc Bouwer, Elie Tahari, Sully Bonnelly and George Samen.

QUICK STUDY: The School of Continuing & Professional Studies at New York University is pondering the presence of the past in today’s fashion industry by holding a two-day conference to discuss the topic.

Beginning with a party at Burberry on Thursday night and running through Saturday, designers such as Stephen Burrows, Mary McFadden, Ralph Rucci and Lars Nilsson are scheduled to speak. Other highlights include talks by Harold Koda, curator, The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn; Kate Spade president and creative director Andy Spade; and Valerie Steele, chief curator and acting director, The Museum at FIT. There will also be events at Henri Bendel and auction house Doyle New York. “The Presence of the Past: Reuse, Revival and Renewal in Fashion” is the fourth fashion conference organized by NYU and will be held at the New York Academy of Medicine.