The Fashion Marketplace classes attended a field trip on October 10th to the NYC Garment District and FIT. The FIT Museum always has amazing fashion exhibits on view, and as usual it did not disappoint. Upstairs at FIT's Museum, one of the curators gave a visual garment tour of the 20th Century, all of which was wonderful inspiration for this year's fashion exhibition, Time Warp. Next, the students were invited by Somers Resident and FIT's Dean of Textile Development and Marketing, Jeff Silberman, to tour the facilities and learn about the Textile process from fiber through fabric and finally production. Students worked on a dye lab, creating lab dips to see which group got closest to the target color. Students enjoyed seeing the school and being exposed to career possibilities in the Fashion and Textile industries.
Once we were finished at FIT, the class headed uptown to shop for fabric for their 1920's and 30's inspired garments at Mood Fabrics made famous by Project Runway. The three floors are packed full of fabulous fabrics, overwhelming even the most prepared designer. After selecting fabrics, students shopped for trims, beads, buttons, and feathers at M & J Trimmings.
Overall, the day was a big hit and students and chaperones finished their commute and returned to Katonah train station exhausted from a day of design research, sourcing, and buying.