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FIT Presents the Next Generation of Stylemakers

By Tandi Tuakli

New York Editor
Critic Award Winner: Vengsarkar Budhu

Ivory strapless gown with fluting on bust
and embellished pleated circular drapes.

Industry Critic:
Reem Acra

Critic Award Winner:
Vengsarkar Budhu


Vengsarkar Budhu

Photo: Lorenzo Ciniglio | © Fashion Trendsetter
On May 8th 2006, Fashion Design students from the Fashion Institute of Technology sent the culmination of years of hard work down the runway during the graduating students fashion show sponsored by FedEx and Cotton Incorporated. In attendance were top industry professionals some of whom, such as Jose Natori and Derek Lam also gave out Critics' Awards in categories that included Intimate Apparel, Sportswear, Tailoring, Special Occasion, Knitwear, Current Scene and Childrenswear.

There was another panel of well-known judges on hand to pick a "Designer of the Year" for the evening. The panel included Nigel Barker, fashion photographer; Robert Burke, senior vice president, Bergdorf Goodman; Amanda Ross, market director, Harper's Bazaar; Carlos Miele, designer; Lisa Smilor, associate director, Council of Fashion Designers of America; and Sarah Easley, owner, Kirna Zabete boutique.

Vengsarkar Budhu's ethereal white pleated evening gown with gold accents won the designer the prize for best in the Special Occasion category, as well as the ultimate prize of the evening, the La Redoute Designer of the Year Award. In addition, representatives from Cotton Incorporated acknowledged Tatyana Formenko with an award for the best high-fashion cotton garment for her hip retro-inspired blouse and pants.

Many consider the student fashion shows at FIT as a barometer, not only of upcoming trends, but also of the level of talent entering the fashion industry.
This year was no exception as students put forth work that was ready to walk right off the runways and into stores. The high level of creativity and skill was visible in each garment, as was the competitiveness of students vying for one of the many highly coveted awards given out throughout the night.

Stephanie SpanglerFIT is a college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York (SUNY). It offers more than 35 programs leading to AAS, BFA, BS, MA and MPS degrees. FIT alumni include Ralph Rucci, Calvin Klein, Norma Kamali, Stephen Burrows, Nanette Lepore, and Project Runway winner Chloe Dao.

The Fashion Institute of Technology hosted the Art and Design Graduating Students Exhibition until May 24, 2006. Works from students in Accessories Design, Menswear, Fine Arts, Display and Exhibit Design, Advertising Design, Fashion Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewelry Design and other programs displayed in various buildings around the campus located at 27th street and Seventh Avenue in New York City.

For more information please visit FIT at

FIT Fashion Design Students' End of Year Show

Emily Volaski Michelle Zemshman Stephanie Wasyl Tatyana Formenko Go Eun Cho Koon Hor Lim
Emily Volaski Michelle Zemshman Stephanie Wasyl Tatyana Formenko Go Eun Cho Koon Hor Lim
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