Students and alumnae of our Textiles and Apparel programs were treated to a trip of a lifetime. Guided by the incomparable Iris Apfel, our students met the professionals behind some of the biggest names in the world of apparel marketing, public relations, style forecasting, design, display, and retail as part of the UT in NYC program.
On day one of the trip, the University of Texas students and alumnae met Harold Koda of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, designer Naeem Kahn and Jenna Lyons of J.Crew.
On day two, the group toured the production room of Pologerogis Furs, discussed the publishing world with Deborah Needleman and Bill Cunningham of the New York Times’ T Magazine, and met executives from Old World Weavers, Swarovski and Robertet Fragrances.
Students met professionals from Kate Spade, visited the boardroom of Phillips Van Heusen, toured the showroom of L & Leung Design Company, and met the legendary Mr. Mickey of PaperMag on day three.
On the fourth day of the trip, our students and alumnae met Linda Fargo and David Hoey of Bergdorf Goodman, Mindy Grossman of Home Shopping Network, and Alexis Bittar of Alexis Bittar jewelry. Students also heard from executives at Louis Vuitton
On the final day of UT in NYC, students posed for a photograph after talking with designer Austin Scarlett (if you are a Project Runway fan, you might recall his stunning evening dress made of corn husks). Students were invited to the boardrooms of Stylesight and Mac Cosmetics.
The astounding opportunities to meet the very best professionals in the constellation of apparel businesses was not lost on our students. It is highly likely that many of the exceptional students selected to participate in UT in NYC will leave with high-profile internships or job offers.
What kind of trip would it be if our students, alumnae and special guests didn’t get the opportunity to throw a Texas-sized bash in stunning center of New York City? Oh, and we brought some cowboy boots made of chocolate along to share with professor Iris Apfel and our New York friends.
We would like to thank Naomi Vaughan, a professional photographer in New York City and a University of Texas alumna, for beautifully documenting UT in NYC 2013.
Interested in UT in NYC 2014? Faculty members Nancy Prideaux and Sara Stewart-Stevens will soon begin work planning next year’s trip. Keep an eye on this page for updates and registration information (typically posted in December).