A very different kind of runway season is just around the corner: graduating student shows. It’s the industry’s chance to get a first look at the next wave of new talent entering the workforce. Today the Fashion Institute of Technology announced details of its upcoming annual Future of Fashion show, which presents the work of its Fashion Design BFA students.
Spots on the Future of Fashion runway are coveted. Collections are judged by a panel of industry experts who decide which garments end up in the show. This year’s panel includes Ken Downing, celebrity stylist Erin Walsh, Emilia Petrarca of The Cut, and Laird Borrelli-Persson of Vogue.com.
Additionally this year FIT is introducing a street style and athletics capsule collection. Students working across the school’s five specializations — knitwear, sportswear, intimate apparel, special occasion, and children’s wear — were invited to submit a look for consideration. The ten best looks, as determined by judges Christopher Bevans, founder of DYNE, and stylist Kesha McLeod — make up the capsule, which will be presented at the end of the show.
The Future of Fashion show will take place May 9 on FIT’s campus. Though the show itself will be invitation-only, fashion fans can watch via a livestream online.