Articles by Jess Mintz
Jul. 1, 2011
Fashion designers strive to save garment industry
Midtown, N.Y. is the fashion capital of America, similar to other fashion capitals such as Milan, Paris, London and Tokyo. The Fashion District has lent a home to many established and up-and-coming apparel companies. Not only is it responsible for nurturing and growing businesses, it also supplies thousands of jobs for both Americans and immigrants, and generates over $14 billion in annual sales. A single runway show can mean work for 350 factory workers. It is the place where designs and trends are created and then replicated worldwide.
Jun. 3, 2011
The Different Perspectives of Fashion: An Inside Scoop on the Fashion Show
Kristy Jost’s work thus far has encompassed exploration of non-traditional and technologically advanced materials used for garment construction. She collaborates with the college of engineering (the A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute and the Nanophotonics Group with head of the fashion department Genvieve Dion) to work on “smart clothes.” Her goal is to produce electronic textiles and clothes that are technologically forward, functional, wearable and pleasing to the eye. It is no surprise that one of her favorite designers is Chalayan Heussein, who focuses on creating beautiful transforming garments on the runway with the use of hundreds of wires to control them. This intelligent individual plans to begin her Ph.D. in materials science at Drexel University and continue her work on technologically advanced garments and textiles.