FUR INFORMATION COUNCIL OF AMERICA ANNOUNCES REMIX STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION FINALISTS
January 2009, Los Angeles, CA
Three talented US design students have been selected to compete in REMIX, the international student fur design competition sponsored by the International Fur Trade Federation (IFTF). Ra Yeon Jang, Shannon Kesler, and Nanette Thorne will be keeping their fingers crossed this month as the fur fashions that they designed are reviewed by an international panel including designers, fashion editors, and stylists. With students from 34 countries competing, they will hope to be one of the final 8 competitors chosen to fly to Italy to see their designs celebrated at a special gala event and fashion show to be held at MiFur, the international fur fashion exhibition held in Milan in March 2009.
This year’s Remix contest began in the fall of 2008 when the Fur Information Council of America (FICA) sent competition rules to design schools nationwide. FICA received over thirty entries from nearly a dozen schools which were then reviewed by a panel of US designers, retailers, and editors. Sketches were judged on the innovativeness of the design, as well as wearability and salability. The top three designs were chosen, and the students were then paired with a manufacturer and an auction house/marketing organization to make their dream fashions become reality.
Ra Yeon Jang, of Virginia Commonwealth University, presented a fox and mink coat with an alligator belt. The upper front and back sections of the coat features a technique called lasering, which creates an intricate design in sheared fur, and the lower half of the coat features the “fish-scale” technique. Ms. Jang’s coat was manufactured by Global Fur Group of Canada featuring fox and mink donated by North American Fur Auctions (NAFA).
Shannon Kesler, also of Virginia Commonwealth University, designed a floor-length woven mink fur with a full fox hood. The body and sleeves of the coat reflect a gradation of color, using mink in various mutations from white to black mink, and the hood is white fox. Ms. Kesler’s coat was manufactured by Funtastic Furs of Long Island City, New York, with mink donated by American Legend.
Nanette Thorne, of Parsons School of Design in New York City, created a pearl mink jacket with cashmere knitted shoulder and goat hair trim around the neck and hem. On the back was an intricate black-dyed stencil design. Ms. Thorne’s garment was manufactured by Funtastic Furs of Long Island City, New York, with fur donated by SAGA Furs.
Now in its sixth year, over 220 students from more than 21 countries have taken part in the ReMix Student Design Competition since 2003.