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FIT Students Named Winners in Mattel’s Barbie Play With Fashion Contest

Cheri Fein, executive director of Public and Media Relations
212.217.4700 or press@fitnyc.edu

Two-story Installation of Original Fashions, Interior Designs, Jewelry, Photography, Films, and Visual Displays for Barbie and Ken On View Through September 3 at FIT

Free and Open to the Public

Fifteen students who will graduate on May 22 from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) were named winners in a contest to create fashions, interior designs, jewelry, photos, films, and visual displays for Mattel’s Barbie and Ken. Mattel, the contest’s sponsor, selected three winners from each of the five FIT programs that participated: Fashion Design, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Photography, and Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design.

All finalists in the competition developed their designs into a towering two-story multi-media “Barbie pink” installation, on view through September 3 in the lobby gallery of the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center at FIT, located on the corner of Seventh Avenue at 27th Street.

Among the works in the installation are Barbie and Ken fashions made from non-traditional materials on life-size mannequins; models of new rooms for Barbie’s Dream House; Barbie jewelry; full-size replicas of furniture; photos and short films with Barbie and Ken; and a storefront window inspired by Barbie’s Dream House and Play With Fashion.

Winners were announced at the installation’s opening on May 4. Presenters included three FIT alumni – Joe Zee, creative director, Elle; James Holmes, principal designer/art director, Mattel; and Peter Helenek, vice president, design, Barbie Brand, Mattel. Stephanie Cota, senior vice president, Global Marketing, Girls Brands, Mattel also presented.

First-place winners, each of whom received $5,000, are: 

  • Maor Tapiro (Brooklyn, NY), Fashion Design 
  • Jessica Mazur (Oswego, NY), Interior Design 
  • Veronica Zhou (New York, NY), Jewelry Design 
  • Loreal Prystaj (Rochester, NY), Photography 
  • Elyse Falato (Basking Ridge, NJ), Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design

Second-place winners, each of whom received $3,000, are: 

  • Jessy Ayala, (New York, NY), Fashion Design 
  • Sarah Hatch,(Jacksonville, FL), Interior Design 
  • Kittinuch Amatayakul (Bangkok, Thailand), Jewelry Design 
  • Chris Arena, (Plainview, NY), Photography 
  • Sarah Karp, (Lattingtown, NY), Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design

Third-place prizes of $2,000 each went to: 

  • Justin Gushue, (Cinnaminson, NJ), Fashion Design 
  • Katie McTammany, (Rochester, NY),Interior Design 
  • Min Kyung Kim, (Chang Won Si, South Korea), Jewelry Design 
  • Binh Nguyen,(Saigon, Vietnam), Photography 
  • Dahea You, (Seoul, Korea), Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design

The Fashion Institute of Technology, 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.

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