Letter From The Chair- February 2015

Joshua_Williams_2Joshua Williams, Chair, Fashion Merchandising and Management

Wow, it’s been a cold winter! And while we’ve missed a few classes due to the snowstorms that have hit our area, faculty and students have been hard at work in the classroom and beyond. February marks the start of fashion week, first in New York and then in Milan, London and Paris. It’s an opportunity for designers to share their Fall 2015 creations to the world. With social media, the impact is immediate. In addition to the runway, and perhaps more importantly, it’s time for the tradeshows, where millions of dollars will be sold at wholesale, setting the stage for fall fashion at retail stores across America. This season, our students have more access than ever to all of these fashion related events, as volunteers and as part-time workers. It’s an opportunity for them to work “behind-the-scenes” and get a taste of what it’s like to work in fashion. In addition, there is a plethora of exhibits, store openings and events all timed around fashion week that anyone can attend. Of course, we hope students will participate and bring their experiences back to the classroom, as well as share them on social media using the hashtag, #bizwithstyle.


On January 20th, Professor Butensky’s ProductDevelopment class visited FIT museum’s “Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits “exhibit, an excellent presentation of apparel designs that have been copied throughout history. We examined each original design and the details that were changed to create the “knockoff.” This was a great introduction to our class project.

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Join or start a fashion club on your campus. Contact Professor Mark Friedberg at mfr@berkeleycollege.edu.

Want to be part of Berkeley Bold? Please contact Nicole Turnbull in SDCL at nll@berkeleycollege.edu


New York Fashion Week

“The Daily Front Row” volunteers

ENK Coterie

Volunteers needed Feb 22-25

PT Employees neede Feb 12-28

Please contact Jasmine Briggs in Career Center

Club Officers:

LeRoux Fayson – President

Stephon Dunlop – Vice President

Tia Pina – Secretary

Professor Mark Friedberg (Faculty Advisor)


Faces & Places in Fashion Lecture Series @ FIT Mondays at 4:15pm, Katie Murphy Amphi, 27th @ 7th Ave

New York Fashion Week Feb 12-19, Lincoln Center (invite only)

Yves St. Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the ‘70s thru April 18, MFIT, 7th Ave @ 27th Street

Faking It: Originals, Copies & Counterfeits: Dec 2-Apr 25, MFIT, 7th Ave @ 27th Street

Killer Heels: The Art of High-Heeled Shoes thru Mar 1, Brooklyn Museum (extended)

Gilded New York ongoing, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave

Maryland to Murano thru Mar 15, Museum of Arts & Design, 2 Columbus Circle

Helena Rubenstein: Beauty is Power thru Mar 22, The Jewish Museum, 1105 Fifth Ave

WWD Digital Beauty Forum Feb 12, contact Kim Mancuso 212-630-4212

Discussion with Bobby Brown- March 11, FIAF, 55 E 59th St

Helmut Lang (art) thru Feb 21, Sperone West Gallery 257 Bowery


Lauren Bacall: The Look- Mar 3-Apr 15, MFIT, 7th Ave @ 27th Street

Chinese Whispers- May 7-Aug 16, MET Museum, Fifth Ave @ 82nd


Bloomingdale’s & GQ NBA Collection with James Harden 1000 Third Ave, Lower Level

Maison Goyard: 20 East 63rd

Diptyque: Shops at Lincoln Center

Fendi: 598 Madison Avenue

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