Last week I paid a visit to FIT’s Milan campus, and had inspiring conversation with Lisa Feuerherm and her students there.
Tucked away in the campus of the Politechnico, a small group of FIT exchange students from New York soak in the materials expertise of Italy and learn a european-style approach to collection-building, while bringing a unique spirit from their home culture. For one or two years, they work with experienced adjunct faculty who give them a feel for Italian craftsmanship and production – being in the luxury apparel shopping mecca of Europe can’t help but educate the eye as well!
Perhaps that Italian/NY cultural contrast is ideal to produce designers who are eclectic and original, yet who also are good craftsmen. I was lucky to catch Lisa’s recent graduating class with their collections. Seeing the sketchbooks and hearing about the inspiration that led to their pieces – and then touching the actual finished pieces on mannequins, I was struck by the variety and the imagination.
With rooms full of specialty knitting machines, FIT is a specialist in this material.
For the production nerds – knitwear joiners in gauges to match the knitting machines.
And the ultimate photo studio. Sharing with design departments photographing car and boat mockups clearly has its advantages.
Look for several talents emerging from FIT Milan on MUUSE in the upcoming months!