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Three FIT Fashion Design Students Are Loehmannís NY Design Challenge Finalists

Three students at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) have been named finalists in off-price specialty retailer Loehmannís NY Design Challenge competition, held exclusively with FIT. Ou Ma of Beijing, China; Maor Tapiro from Brooklyn, NY; and Ying Wang of Xiían, China, received the highest number of votes out of seven semi-finalists during a weeklong contest held on Loehmannís Facebook page.

Each of the three finalists will create a finished garment from their sketches. A grand prize winner will be announced at a celebratory event in April 2013, and the winning garment will be showcased in the Loehmannís Chelsea storefront window.

The competition, first announced by Loehmannís during its Fashionís Night Out runway show in September 2012, attracted 15 students from FITís Fashion Design program, who each submitted up to three avant-garde evening wear designs using famous New York City landmarks as their inspiration.† Maís design was inspired by the Guggenheim Museum; Tapiroís design was inspired by the Brooklyn Bridge; and Wangís design was inspired by the High Line.

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. With a curriculum that provides 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 todayís rapidly changing industries. 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.

FITís Fashion Design program was established in 1944, the year the college was founded. The associate-degree program provides students with an essential foundation for creating apparel from sketch to finished garment. In the baccalaureate program, students receive advanced instruction in specialized areas. The programís close ties to the fashion design industry provide an immersion in current trends and practices. As part of their course of study, students intern with leading designers and design houses. They also have the opportunity to study abroad, in particular at one of FITís programs in Florence and Milan.†

Acclaimed FIT designer alumni include Reem Acra, Amsale Aberra, Brian Atwood, Jhane Barnes, John Bartlett, Dennis Basso, Stephen Burrows, Francisco Costa, Andrew Fezza, Norma Kamali, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Miranda Morrison, Rebecca Moses, Ralph Rucci, Kari Sigerson, Michelle Smith, and Daniel Vosovic.

About Loehmannís:
Loehmannís is the nationís first upscale off-price retailer, offering top designer fashions from the most noted names at 30-65 percent less than original department and specialty stores. Headquartered in the Bronx, New York, and privately held, Loehmannís operates 40 stores in 11 states across the country and Washington, D.C., plus an ecommerce site.† For more information, visit

Ying Wang†
Ying Wang
Maor Tapiro

Maor Tapiro

Ou Ma

Ou Ma artwork

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