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Barbie Towers at FIT's grad student shows

RENEE MINUS WHITE Fashion & Beauty Editor | 5/17/2012, 2:59 p.m.
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is showcasing an extraordinary range of design works created...
Barbie "Play with Fashion" design display on the campus of Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan on Thursday, May 10, 2012.

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Barbie Towers at FIT's grad student shows

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FIT presents The Future of Fashion, The 2012 Graduates Collection on their campus in Manhattan on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is showcasing an extraordinary range of design works created by this year's 800 graduate students from the college's School of Art and Design at its annual Art and Design Graduating Students Exhibition. Open May 9 to May 22, the exhibition is displayed on the main floors of the Marvin Feldman, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design and Shirley Goodman Resource centers, in the John E. Reeves Great Hall and the Museum at FITY.

One particular highlight is "The Pink Issue: Barbie Play With Fashion." It's a fantastic, two-story installation inspired by Barbie and Ken dolls. Created by students in fashion design, interior design, jewelry design, photography and visual presentation and exhibition design, this exhibition showcases Barbie and Ken fashions made from nontraditional materials and displayed on life-size models.

You can also view models of new rooms for Barbie's Dream House, full-sized replicas of furniture and photos and short films featuring Barbie and Ken. A storefront window was inspired by Barbie's Dream House and "Play With Fashion."

The exhibition features design work from 17 major departments in the school. The prized pieces represent the culmination of each graduate student's unique FIT experience in accessories design, advertising design, communication design, computer animation and interactive media. Featuring juried, award-winning and thesis projects, this presentation is the manifestation of several years of research, experimentation, critical thinking and artistic proficiency.

FIT, a college of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business and technology for nearly 70 years. Providing students with a singular blend of hands-on practical experience, classroom study and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are affordable and relevant to today's rapidly changing industries. FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers more than 45 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace.