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Each year, industry critics lend their expertise to our graduating student throughout their final semester as they prepare for the fashion show. Nine major designers are working with the students as mentors and critics by visiting classrooms throughout the semester to critique the students' work and ultimately, to select the most exceptional garment from each category for special citation.
|Rag and Bone
In under a decade and with no formal fashion training, British CFDA-winning duo David Neville and Marcus Wainwright have established rag & bone as a critical and commercial success in the international fashion world. Combining their English heritage with directional, modern design, rag & bone has become synonymous with innately wearable clothing that innovatively melds classic tailoring with an edgy yet understated New York aesthetic.
Today, rag & bone operates 12 stores worldwide, five of which are in New York City. Stores are also located in Washington D.C., Boston, Dallas, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tokyo. rag & bone is also available in luxury boutiques and department stores in over 39 countries worldwide. rag & bone operates an e-commerce store at www.rag-bone.com.
American designer Maggie Norris founded the couture house Maggie Norris Couture in 2000. Her designs have been featured in many leading magazines and periodicals such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, W Magazine, Elle, The New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. Maggie Norris Couture is known for dressing renowned celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Diane Keaton, Andie MacDowell, Grace Hightower De Niro, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and first lady Michelle Obama.
Throughout her career, Maggie has collaborated with various artists because she appreciates the resulting synergy. Her high-profile collaborators include fashion illustrators Anna Kiper, Audrey Schilt, Bill Rancitelli, and Julie Verhoeven; photographers Annie Leibovitz, Terry Richardson, and Marcus Piggott; and the painter Nelson Shanks.
Lars Andersson is the designer and founder of Lars Andersson, knitwear.