Allyssa Kim at The Underfashion Club and Parsons student design contest.

The Underfashion Club is expanding its student support.

Previously the not-for-profit organization, which is made up of the intimate apparel industry, only worked with students from the Fashion Institute of Technology. But now it will give scholarship money to students from Parsons, Design and Architecture Senior High School in Miami, the High School of Art and Design in New York and LIM College. Last year it distributed $200,000 in student support.

“Our Femmy event has been very successful for the last couple of years,” said Victor Vega, president of the Underfashion Club. “So we are able to have more money to support more students.”

This week the group hosted “Modern Allure” at The Gallery at the Prince George Ballroom in New York City. The event included an intimate apparel design contest with Parsons students and a presentation featuring looks from Natori, Rago, Hanky Panky, Delta Galil, Betsey Johnson, Montelle, Wacoal and Lise Charmel. Allyssa Kim won first place and Tianyang Li won second.

“I have seen an increased interest in intimate apparel among students,” said Julia Poteat, assistant professor of fashion methods at Parsons. “If you look at what’s going on in fashion at this moment, and how much the influence in designer lines is coming from intimate apparel, the increased interest makes sense.”

In addition to growing its student support, the organization is now responsible for setting the market week calendar for the next three years. For 2016, intimate apparel market week dates will happen from May 2 to 6; August 1 to 5 and October 31 to Nov. 4.

“Taking responsibility for setting market week dates is a highly positive initiative for the UFC,” said Vega. “We have become an organization that is relied on for networking, ideas, information and supporting the future of the industry with student scholarships, grants and internships. This is yet another way we are able to further support and engage our members and the intimate apparel marketplace.”

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