The Kids Are All Right: Knitwear at FIT

June 7, 2019

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  • Hi Samantha – I love everything about this! Thank you for sharing. I’ve tried sparking interest in including knitwear in an annual local fashion show (Rochester, NY) that benefits homeless and at risk youth. Think I’ll send them this post. 🙂

  • What a fun way to start my day. These amazing creations made me smile, especially Aldrian Diaz green v-neck. I could just see my 79 year old self walking into our next family party wearing it and the looks on everyone’s faces. I am in awe of the talent of these young folks.

  • I love the imagination it takes to create these pieces!

  • Wow. Thanks for writing this! Such skilled execution, but above all, creativity. I really needed to remember that was possible, instead of following all the rules. 🙂

  • Hi Samantha, if you are an elderly millennial than I am a very young really old person. I like your perspective. Thank you for providing the names of these students. So we can say we knew their work when. Enjoyed this very much and looking forward to more.

    • Yes, I agree about providing their names. And thank you so much for sharing this, I never would have thought of checking out FIT for their shows. It wonderful!!

  • Wow – the kids are definitely alright. What an inspiration. Off-the-chart coolness.

    • I saw this collection and thought Jen must be loving this,

  • Love all the bright colors and the creativity!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Amazing!! All are fabulous, but that macramé dress – wowza!

  • Love seeing these. Love this post!

  • Oh my goodness, I love that coral coat by Thanh Lam!

  • Okay, I have to ask – next to the Rugrats picture sweater, there’s an intriguing vertically-textured t-neck pullover under a bright yellow oversized cardi. What is the technique of that textured striping, and whose work is it?

  • WOW …….. What a show……!

  • Need help with a term… what is “hand loomed”? Also, how cool to incorporate ponytail binders! I am totally adding that to my idea book. Thanks!

    • Hand-loomed usually means it was hand-woven on a small loom. I’m guessing the designer wove the panels and then seamed them together, but I have only done a little bit of weaving so I’m not sure exactly how.

      • That’s what I thought too- but the pieces referred to in this way are clearly knit fabrics. So it must have another meaning too.

  • I am an adjunct instructor at FIT ( not in the design area). Thank you for highlighting the work of our FIT students, it is encouraging to see how talented they are. And, thank you for also mentioning the FIT museum which as you said is free and open everyday except Monday. I am a committed knitter so to see the next generation create in this medium is indeed inspiring.

    • @jevelyneliebmann As an adjunct professor at FIT, YOU play a role inspiring the next generation so kudos to you!!

  • Is there any grumbling about a knitwear award for crochet work, or do I just not understand the parameters? Thanks so much for a delightful read!!!

  • Thank you for sharing this. I loved seeing the creativity of these very talented youngsters. That coral coat with cables and herringbone stitch- swoon!!!!

  • I love all the texture! Tell me, are the designers required to knit and crochet their own entries? If so, does that limit the student designer pool? Ropey cables forever!

  • So much fabulousness! But also, so much hard work. Herringbone stitch!!—it’s almost impossible and here’s a coat lined with it. Amazing.

  • Thanks for introducing us not only to Samantha Brunson, but also these talented young designers! I am really intrigued by the pointy texture on the grey-blue onesie under the coral coat (which is spectacular in its own right). And while I’m not usually drawn to lace, I have to admit the version on the sleeve of that blouse is just lovely.

    I hope we’ll see many more articles from Samantha, too!

  • The FIT Museum is one of my favorite stops, and it’s open late (or later than 5, at least) some evenings so you can fit it in before catching a train. One highlight of the many shows I’ve seen over the years was an exhibit of Bob Mackie designs, which included the clothes he did for the Carol Burnett Show. There it was In the main window: THE Scarlett O’Hara “just something I saw in the window and couldn’t resist” curtain dress, complete with curtain rod through the shoulders. Very fun to see that in person. The shows vary widely from very historic to very modern. They have an amazing collection for their students to study.

  • Those are hilarious! But the lacework is beautiful.

  • I’m coveting the spiky blue body suit- so original!

  • I am surprised by how popular knitwear has gotten. My wife would like to wear knitwear in the future due to winter weather. I will be looking more-so into knitwear and make sure that she will be able to purchase the knitwear clothing that she wants.

  • Oh Samantha! These gorgeous knits are like reinventing the wheel and are inspirational. I start with a pattern then decide changes as i go. Now I’m going freestyle from now on. Thank you!