About 90 designers will be selected from a class of 160 students to have their looks shown on the runway. The professionally-produced show will feature the five fashion design specializations offered at FIT: knitwear, sportswear, intimate apparel, special occasion and children’s wear.
The show is supported by a $2 million multiyear gift from FIT alumnus Calvin Klein through the Calvin Klein Family Foundation, and the company he founded, Calvin Klein Inc.
This year’s fashion critics, who will give a special Critic Award citation to a student in their group are Reem Acra (special occasion), Jason Mahler and Annalise Frank from American Eagle Outfitters (knitwear), Victoria Bartlett (sportswear), Morgan Curtis (intimate apparel), Tess Giberson (knitwear), Azede Jean-Pierre (sportswear), Phillip Lim (sportswear), and Nicholas and Christopher Kunz from Nicholas K (sportswear).
The judges to determine which students earn a spot on the runway are Bryan Boy, blogger; Annie Georgia Greenberg, senior style editor of Refinery29; Anne Keane, fashion director at Lucky; Maria Marrero, group content chief of Meredith Hispanic Media, publisher of Siempre Mujer and Ser Padres magazines; Lilliana Vasquez, founder of CheapChicas.com and author of “The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style,” and Colleen Sherin, vice president, fashion director of women’s ready-to-wear at Saks Fifth Avenue. The end-of-year runway show is supported by a grant from MAC. Support for the show’s video presentation is provided by Chico’s FAS.
The Future of Fashion will take place in the John E. Reeves Great Hall on the FIT campus. It is by invitation only, but will be streamed live on the Web at fitnyc.edu/futureoffashion.