CFDA and NYCEDC Highlight Graduate Fashion Collections

The CFDA and New York City Economic Development Corp. earlier this week held the Fashion Future Graduate Showcase, a three-day showcase of design talent from some of the top fashion schools in the U.S. at Industria Studios. Collections by 53 graduates from schools including Academy of Art University, California College of the Arts, FIT, Kent State University, Parsons, Pratt, Rhode Island School of Design and SCAD were exhibited July 9 and 10, with the top four collections presented on July 11. The students selected for Wednesday’s presentation included Zhouyi Li of the Academy of Art University, Taliah Leslie of Pratt, and Britt Luttio and Peng Ye of Parsons.
All four students took the conceptual route, with Li working her garments with three-dimensional geometric shapes inspired by Richard Serra. Luttio worked with the concept of identity. “Within our persona we have multiple identities,” she said. “How I am in this space is not how I’m going to be with my lover or with my mom.” Her collection featured transformative pieces with a definitive Nineties attitude, that was influenced by things from her childhood — Victoria’s Secret and Betsey Johnson. Ye based his collection on the word 刹那, which represents the shortest accountable

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Milano Moda Graduate Continues to Support Young Designers

MILAN — On Friday, the Italian Chamber of Fashion marked the opening of Milan Fashion Week with the fourth edition of Milano Moda Graduate, which continues to promote young designers.
The show featured collections from eight designers selected among students of Italian fashion schools including, among others, IED, Istituto Marangoni, NABA and Domus Academy.
Camera Nazionale della Moda invited a jury presided over by Renzo Rosso, founder of Diesel parent group OTB, to evaluate the candidates and assign the award. Other members of the jury included Camera president Carlo Capasa; Anna Zegna; Marco Lau, merchandising manager at Harvey Nichols Hong Kong, and Alessandra Carra, chief executive officer of Agnona, among others.
Mauro Muzio Medaglia of Accademia Costume e Moda scooped up the CNMI Fashion Trust award for best collection with a women’s wear lineup inspired by the Forties and referencing the style of Peggy Guggenheim, featuring see-through dresses nipped at the waist in pale shades of pink and mint.

A look from CNMI Fashion Trust’s award winner Mauro Muzio Medaglia. 
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The prize of 10,000 euros is aimed at helping the designer develop his business.  Rosso, who contended that “young designers embody cross-pollination, freshness and spontaneity,” presented the award.
The prize was backed by the CNMI

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Postapocalyptic Theme Ran Through 5,000 Works at London’s Graduate Fashion Week

LONDON — This year’s Graduate Fashion Week was one of the largest events to take place in size and ambitions with more than 5,000 pieces of work on display from 500 students — the majority of whom hailed from outside the U.K.
Graduate Fashion Week is a charity that was founded in 1991 and aims to bring together British and international fashion universities and elevate the creative industries.
“We’ve had more visitors than we’ve ever had. We’ve got 37 U.K. universities and 51 international ones, so we have managed to create a global stage for everyone,” said Mark Newton-Jones, chairman of Graduate Fashion Week.
“We’re trying to bridge the gap between graduates and employers, we’ve introduced a protégé program so everyone up for an award tonight will be mentored by a designer or leader in the industry,” he said.
Hosted in east London’s Old Truman Brewery, the awards ceremony opened with a personal message from British Prime Minister Theresa May. “I am very proud of the U.K.’s fashion industry, some of the most iconic brands and biggest names in the business hail from the U.K. Graduate Fashion Week plays such an important role in the process of nurturing the very best talents.”
The designs drew on a

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Academy of Art Graduate Fashion Show 2018: High-Tech, High-Touch Design

Thursday night in San Francisco, the Academy of Art University graduate fashion show featured 104 fashions from 17 student collections, and vivid collaborations among knitwear specialists, textile designers and fashion designers.
Over 1,000 students, parents, friends and fashion industry participants filled the standing-room-only presentation, produced by the university’s executive director Simon Ungless.
The show opened with collaboration among eight MFA design students working with organic cotton fabrics and abstract digital prints of BFA textile student Mario Chinchilla’s San Francisco landscape images. It set the tone for complex designs and artful interpretations of current themes such as gritty urban life, contemporary experimental artists, and escapist fantasies.
A highlight of the show was the design and textile collaboration between Denise Ramos and Jorge Iglesias. Ramos, inspired by classic Saville Row menswear, shaped tailored pinstripe jackets in tropical weight suiting, on which Iglesias applied intricate black-dyed and layered repurposed denim threads printed with gold and copper foil. The jewel-like trompe l’oeil effect of the gold leaf was particularly effective printed on a long black lightweight wool suiting gown, and the gold adornment added luxury on a simple wool tunic over silver-leafed pants.
The forward march of tech was evident in the broad use of

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Central Saint Martins’ MA Students Present Graduate Collections at London Fashion Week

Student graduate shows can be hit or miss but the 19 MA students from Central Saint Martins presented an exciting mix that ran the sartorial gamut from extreme silhouettes and innovative textiles to sleek tailoring in more traditional fabrications.
Among the highlights: Liam Johnson, whose sculptural silhouettes opened the show; Elise Perrotta’s all cream collection featuring wardrobe staples in textural knits, and women’s wear designer Edwin Mohney, who closed the show with a provocative collection that included conceptual pieces made using inflatables wrapped in packing tape.
As in past seasons, craftsmanship in the men’s wear stood out. Particularly noteworthy was Olaf Tavares Vieira, whose draped men’s wear collection was awarded the L’Oreal Professional Creative Award. Inspired by utilitarianism and the stomach as the center of the body, his lineup included fluid ankle-grazing coats, along with sweaters with cutouts in the back and slouchy trousers enveloping the torso that had a monkish appeal.
“I like clothes that are close on the neck and belly and on the ankle,” Vieira explained. “It gives me a kind of strength, even if the clothes are soft.”
He shared the prize with women’s wear designer Rebecca Jeffs, whose tactile collection was a clever play on famous sayings such as

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U.K.’s Graduate Fashion Week Travels to New York

SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP: In an effort to strengthen its international ties, Britain’s Graduate Fashion Week plans to mount a showcase in New York on Jan. 16.
“We have a great relationship with three major New York educational institutes: FIT, Pratt and Parsons,” said Graduate Fashion Week creative director Martyn Roberts. “And while in NYC on our weeklong showcase, we plan to visit each institute to see the upcoming talent we can expect on the International Catwalk Competition for 2018.”
Hilary Alexander, a GFW trustee and journalist, said there is a long-standing relationship between U.K. fashion graduates and the American fashion industry. “Many major U.S.-based companies such as Gap and Calvin Klein are hiring British fashion graduates, so it makes perfect sense to make New York the next stop for GFW this January.”
Graduate Fashion Week is a charity, platform and showcase for students from a range of global universities. Patrons include Christopher Bailey, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood and Nick Knight. This is the first time it is hosting events outside the U.K. and in association with SmartFocus, a digital messaging cloud.
The showcase will include the collections and portfolios of students from international universities.
Students under the spotlight include Kate Clark, a Kingston University graduate who

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Design Students Get Political at London Graduate Fashion Week

LONDON — Graduate Fashion Week was dominated by politics, in the tone of the collections on show and students’ statements.
The five-day event took place this year at East London’s Truman Brewery and showcased the work of students from more than 30 U.K. universities. It wrapped with a Gala Awards Show that highlighted the work of the top 25 students.
London’s latest terrorist attack, which saw eight people die, took place as the showcase was happening, as did the country’s national general election, which ended with a hung Parliament and a weakened Conservative prime minister.
At the start of the showcase, Mark Newton-Jones, the charity’s chairman, was defiant in the face of the terrorist attack. “This is exactly what we should be doing – carrying on with life,” he said.
Graduates voiced their views about the state of British society with slogans printed all over their garments. Lauren McArthur, a design student from the University of Creative Arts Rochester, printed phrases such as “I’m Lost” on girly, pastel-hued dresses, while Sarah Rafferty from Nottingham Trent University splashed words such as “Woe to the Rich” or “Money is Power” on oversized pinstripe suits for men.

Looks by Irene D’Antonio 
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“It’s not something that we used to see

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CFDA, NYCEDC Partner on Graduate Showcase

The Council of Fashion Designers of America and the New York City Economic Development Corp. are teaming up to present the Fashion Future Graduate Showcase, a curated Made in NY: Fashion physical and digital exhibition of up to 10 top fashion graduates from leading New York colleges and universities.
Participating schools include Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute. Additionally, the program invited Rhode Island School of Design and Academy of Art University to join the inaugural showcase.
Recognizing the need to support fashion graduates’ transition from education to industry, the CFDA and NYCEDC showcase continues Mayor Bill de Blasio’s commitment to the fashion industry made through the Made in NY: Fashion initiatives. The NYCEDC and the CFDA will connect top fashion graduates to professional opportunities across all design specializations including apparel, accessories, jewelry, textiles/materials, technical design and areas such as sustainability.
The aim of the showcase is to provide greater exposure, create hiring opportunities and engage and educate rising talents through panels, roundtable conversations, workshops and mentorship opportunities.
“The level of creativity and diversity graduating into the fashion system today is extraordinary, with designers who are visionary, innovative and agile,” said Sara Kozlowski, director of education and professional development

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Global Health Training in Graduate Medical Education

Global Health Training in Graduate Medical Education


Global Health Training in Graduate Medical Education is a guide to help medical schools, residency programs, students, residents, fellows, educators and allied health professionals create, expand and improve global health education. Investigate the history of global health work, learn from the experience of established programs and health care leaders, seek out new educational resources, and consider the ethical implications of health work in communities at home and abroad.

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Your Genius Mind: Why You Don't Need To Be A College Graduate But You Do Need To Think Like One

Your Genius Mind: Why You Don't Need To Be A College Graduate But You Do Need To Think Like One


Don''t let the subtitle fool you. Your Genius Mind is a passionate and unapologetic appeal that serves as a clarion call for increasing the percentage of people in the U.S. and around the world, with a four-year degree. But in this frank, insightful and often humorous account, author K. Candis Best makes clear that a degree will be worthless to anyone who graduates without college level thinking skills. In this book readers will learn:

. Why everyone has a genius to share with the world;
. How a quality college education can help them to find it; and
. What anyone can do to grow their genius through higher education no matter what school they attend.

This is a must-read for anyone who is about to start college for the first time, considering a return to college to complete a degree or needs to be convinced about the true value of a college education.
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Your Genius Mind: Why You Don't Need To Be A College Graduate But You Do Need To Think Like One

Your Genius Mind: Why You Don't Need To Be A College Graduate But You Do Need To Think Like One


Don''t let the subtitle fool you. Your Genius Mind is a passionate and unapologetic appeal that serves as a clarion call for increasing the percentage of people in the U.S. and around the world, with a four-year degree. But in this frank, insightful and often humorous account, author K. Candis Best makes clear that a degree will be worthless to anyone who graduates without college level thinking skills. In this book readers will learn:

. Why everyone has a genius to share with the world;
. How a quality college education can help them to find it; and
. What anyone can do to grow their genius through higher education no matter what school they attend.

This is a must-read for anyone who is about to start college for the first time, considering a return to college to complete a degree or needs to be convinced about the true value of a college education.
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2015 graduate photo card announcement for son with books and tassel Greeting Card

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This Graduate Stripped Down For All The Right Reasons (PHOTO)

While Kalā Kaawa sat with his fellow graduates at the University of Hawaii’s winter commencement ceremony earlier this month, he texted his mom in the audience to tell her that he wanted to take off his robe when he received his diploma. Not knowing what was — or wasn’t — under her son’s gown, she was a little apprehensive.

“I don’t know,” she texted him back, “think about it.”

Kaawa weighed the risks, but he finally replied: “Nope. I’m just gonna do it.”

When it was his turn to take the stage, Kaawa slipped out of his cap and gown. Looking out to the thousands of graduates and their families and raising his diploma proudly, he stepped forward in his malo, a traditional Hawaiian loincloth.

The entire auditorium erupted. The 23-year-old received a standing ovation, and the audience continued to cheer as he walked down the aisle and back to his seat.

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“I was so touched by the reaction of the crowd that I stood there in complete awe for a while … soaking in the feeling of accomplishment and pride for my culture,” he told The Huffington Post. “It felt really good to be received that way by such an enormous crowd.”

Kaawa — a Native Hawaiian who was receiving two bachelor’s degrees from the School of Hawaiian Studies — was wearing the malo as part of an oli (Hawaiian chant) that opened the graduation ceremony. But he was nervous that wearing it on stage would bar him from receiving his diploma or that he’d be mocked for the scant cloth.

In traditional Hawaiian culture, nudity isn’t necessarily sexual, and the malo was the basic garment for Hawaiian men — both royalty and commoners.

Kaawa said he wanted to use the garment to remind people “not to be ashamed of your culture, whether you are Hawaiian, Maori, Samoan, Tongan, etc.” and to “know your roots, represent and perpetuate! Not just for yourself, but for your family, your ancestors and the future generations of your culture.”

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Kalā Kaawa with the group that performed the oli before the ceremony.

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Directory of Graduate Programs in Sport Management

Directory of Graduate Programs in Sport Management


The ‘Directory of Academic Programs in Sport Management’ was Fitness Information Technology’s first survey of sport management programs around the world. Now, FIT has teamed with the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) to put out, for the first time, a single directory that focuses solely on graduate programs in sport management. Led by new editor Greg Comfort, the resources of FIT and the NASSM combine to produce The ‘Directory of Graduate Programs in Sport Management’, allowing each program to be fully researched and representing a greater number of programs than the original book. This directory contains extensive information on over 100 sport management graduate programs throughout both the United States and the world. The directory will help prospective graduate students find the appropriate school and narrow their desired field of study, sport management faculty advise students who want to do graduate work in sport management, and sport industry professionals recruit from among graduate students for advanced internships and possible employment. The ‘Directory of Graduate Programs in Sport Management’ identifies many important features of each graduate program. Inside this book, you will find valuable information on: How to Contact Each Program; Faculty and Their Areas of Interest; Admissions Requirements; Financial Aid and Internship Opportunities; Field-Specific Specialised Centres; and, Popular Texts Related to the Sport Industry. The directory is an ideal resource for students, faculty, and practitioners involved in the field of sport management.

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Ask the Art Professor: How Do I Find the Right Graduate School for Fine Arts?

“My friends and I are all beginning to look into graduate school and what our future may hold for us as fine artists. We range in age from our mid-20s to mid-30s and are at all at different stages of our adult life. We all dream the dream of being strictly a studio artist, and have considered the advantage of being professors one day. We all want to apply to the right graduate school to help set up our future, and don’t want to be in a school that doesn’t fit us. What advice do you have for students like us? How do we approach the hunt for graduate schools?”

Before you apply to graduate school for fine arts, you have to honestly ask yourself what your long-term goals are. Do you want to teach at the college level? Do you want to show in commercial art galleries? It may seem premature to think that far ahead, but it’s important to think through and answer these questions before you leap into applying to graduate schools. When I was getting ready to apply, I primarily thought about graduate school as a place where I could mature as an artist, and continue to push myself creatively. I wasn’t thinking ahead in terms of my future, and didn’t realize that one of the most critical goals of graduate school would be making professional connections. No artist can build a successful career on their own; they have to make key contacts that will launch their careers in the right direction.

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On top of that, I was not prepared for how obscenely competitive the process would be. Applications are continually growing at a rate that cannot match the scarce number of openings. When I applied, I assumed that I had done everything “right” up until that point: I had graduated with a high GPA from one of the top art schools in the nation; I had been consistently teaching and exhibiting my work professionally; my portfolio was mature and cohesive; and I had outstanding letters of recommendation. I was confident enough that I announced my departure at my teaching job before receiving the decision letters.

I received five rejections, was put on two waiting lists, and was offered admission only at my safety school. I was in complete shock. I was so ready to stop working and return to school. Having already quit my teaching job, it never even occurred to me to start over and re-apply the following year. I felt like I had no options, so I enrolled at my safety school with extreme reluctance. To this day, I regret that decision. Experience has shown me that there are doors that never opened for me because of that decision. If I could do it all over again, I would have taken off only one year (I took off four) after art school to clear my head, and then started the application process, knowing that it would likely take several years of applying before I was accepted to a program that I really wanted to be in.

In retrospect, I can see now that there are five main aspects to research when applying. There are other considerations like studio space which might seem important, but actually the five factors below carry far more weight.

1) The faculty.
Do extensive research on the faculty. What kind of artwork do they make? Does their work engage with a contemporary audience? What kind of venues do they show their work in? Have they had solo exhibitions at major galleries? Is their studio practice active? What is their online visibility? What is the turnover rate of the faculty and administration? (A high turnover rate is a red flag.)

2) Location.
Location matters in graduate school. For example, if your ultimate goal is to show in New York City art galleries, going to school in Kansas is not a good choice. The professional contacts you make will be based in the city the school is in, and these contacts can launch you right into that art community.

3) Teaching opportunities.
One of my colleagues told me that her biggest mistake was attending a graduate school that did not have teaching opportunities for their graduate students. The consequence was that when she started applying for college level teaching positions, she had no teaching experience and had difficulty getting hired. If teaching at the college level is a priority for you, make sure that the school you attend provides teaching opportunities for their graduate students.

4) Current student work.
Viewing the artwork being made by current students is one of the best ways to get a sense of the school. Can you envision yourself having a lively creative exchange with these students based on their artwork? Look for diversity in the student artwork; it’s not a good sign when all of the student artwork looks the same. If possible, take a tour of the school and talk to some current students in person.

5) Alumni.
What are recent alumni doing? Where are they showing their work? Peruse their resumes online and try to get a sense of what kind of careers they have. Do they teach at the college level and if so, at what kinds of colleges? Do they have full-time or part-time teaching positions?

Remember, choosing a graduate school program is all about finding the right fit for you. Every artist has different goals, and a program that is right for one person may not work for you. Figure out where you want your artistic career to be in 20 years, and then find the program that will help put you on track to get to there.

Ask the Art Professor is an advice column for visual artists. Submit your questions to clara(at)claralieu.com
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