The Fashion Institute of Technology held its annual Future of Fashion runway this week, highlighting the best work from this year’s graduating class of Fashion Design BFA students.
This time around, the yearly showcase, hosted by Ashley Graham, presented the work of 73 students selected from the robust class — drawing representation from four continents, 11 countries and 21 U.S. states across four concentrations: knitwear, sportswear, intimate apparel and special occasion.
From that pool, the esteemed fashion school presented 11 burgeoning designers with FIT Future of Fashion Critic Awards, or titles bestowed on students by industry mentors that lead businesses in the aforementioned areas of specialization. In sportswear, the award was given to Jacob Caraccilo, Katelyn De Lavante Raphael, Vanessa Gray, Cecilia Wolf and Lancy Zhang, while the knitwear trophies went to Veronica Creed and Chaeeun Lee. Special Occasion winners included Sammi Chen, Yuri Ikegaya and Amanda Zanetti, while Rachel Gewirtz won for Intimate Apparel.
“Students come to us with raw talent and gain knowledge and skills from our dedicated faculty in the fields of beauty, advertising and marketing, interior design, business management, toy design, textiles, animation…and of course our calling card – fashion design,” said FIT president Dr. Joyce F. Brown. “The students we celebrate tonight are among 8,000 students who attend FIT today.”
“I’ve worked with many people throughout the years, and many were members of the FIT alumni network,” said Kloss. “I’ve seen firsthand how this institution has shaped them into visionaries and provided them the foundational tools to excel. I most definitely wouldn’t be where I am without them.”
Glemaud added, “FIT nurtured me and truly gave me the foundation to create my own pathways in fashion. Now it’s my honor to contribute and support the amazing faculty of academics here and learn from the students.”
See all the best looks from FIT’s 2023 Future of Fashion runway in the gallery above.