In 2016, We distributed
in Scholarships, Awards, Internships and Equipment, in support of intimate apparel design and merchandising students.
THE UNDERFASHION CLUB, INC.
PROVIDED FINANCIAL SUPPORT THROUGH ITS
SCHOLARSHIP, AWARDS AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS
TO STUDENTS ATACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY
DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE SENIOR HIGH (DASH) SCHOOL
FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
HIGH SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN
PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN
PROVIDED FUNDING FOR EQUIPMENT TO
BENEFIT STUDENTS ATHIGH SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN
PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN
MADE CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO:AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION
BREAST CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION
CITY MEALS ON WHEELS
SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH
ST. FRANCIS FRIENDS OF THE POOR
WISCONSIN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
WOMEN IN NEED, INC.
THE MARY KRUG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Mary Krug was Vice President and Division Merchandise Manager for Neiman Marcus Stores, a division of Neiman Marcus Group.
Mary personified excellence, and she truly was the best of the best. When she died in 2013, Mary left a great legacy in the countless buyers, assistant buyers and vendors that she trained and educated over the years.
A group of industry executives – men and women who knew Mary well – committed to establish a scholarship in her memory for students of fashion merchandising. What began as a single scholarship is now a scholarship fund that will carry Mary’s name and devotion to education years into the future.
Contributions to the fund continue to be collected, and you are welcome to add your financial support to this most worthy endeavor.
THE 2017 RECIPIENT OF THE MARY KRUG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Kelsey is a sophomore fashion merchandising student on the buying and planning track at LIM College, with concentrations in both international business and international marketing. She is also a member of the Fashion Scholars Honors program, and president of the National Retail Federation Student Association.
Her lifelong love of fashion, combined with her fascination of the expansion of global business, has pushed her to avail herself of as many learning opportunities in the industry as she can. With completed internships in marketing and wholesale, as well as a buying internship about to begin, Kelsey hopes to develop into a promising young buyer with a wide scope of industry knowledge and understanding.
2017 DASH SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
My name is Sheilam Horta, I am 18 years old, and I was born in Matanzas, Cuba. I am from a small town called Limones. It has been nearly fourteen years since I arrived in the U.S. From the beginning of my life here I knew I wanted to be part of the Fashion world. As a young girl, I was always very interested in Fashion Design.
I currently live in Miami, Florida. I am a senior majoring in Fashion Design, at Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) School. My first two choices of colleges are The New School of Design, Parsons and the Fashion Institute of Technology both located in New York City, where I would like to continue my studies in Fashion Design.
Some of my goals after college include becoming a successful Business Administrator in the world of Fashion, and being the owner of my own business.
Eleven students from the High School of Fashion Industries attended Curve Expo on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. It was a valuable learning experience that provided a different view into the world of Intimate Apparel.
“Today’s experience was nothing short of amazing. Before the Underfashion Club opportunity, I never considered myself an undergarment designer. The Curve Expo trip truly opened my eyes to the endless opportunities within fashion and an avenue called lingerie. Seeing all the innovative undergarment creations, exquisitely made lingerie, and the successfully established as well as hopeful up and coming companies, definitely granted me boundless inspiration. Inspiration, not only for my portfolio, but for a future career in the undergarment industry. I gained valuable advice and insight from every station we visited. I learned that even though undergarment fashion may seem simple, there are so many things that come into account when designing; just to name a few are: hygiene, body support/comfort, and innovation. I learned that staying innovative, and constantly bringing new ideas to the table are vital in lingerie, as well as all sectors within fashion. Overall, this memorable learning experience was everything I hoped for and more. I feel very grateful for this opportunity, and extremely thankful towards everyone in the Underfashion Club, who made this experience possible for my peers and I.”
“The Curve Expo revealed a world of intimate apparel that has never crossed my mind before. Different companies had various aesthetics and ideas when it comes to designing; it was interesting to hear about their pitches and how their businesses began. There were various sources of inspiration to use and methods to think about, such the functionality or purpose of a garment. This has expanded my knowledge of the industry beyond what I’ve expected which is one of the reasons why I’m grateful for being a part of this opportunity.”
“I just want to say thank you for the opportunity. I had an amazing experience and definitely learned a great amount of information from the tradeshow. It opened my eye to many new ideas and inspired me to try new thing for the future. Thank you again.”
“Attending the Curve Expo was the most creative and inspiring event I have had as a high school student. Being given such an amazing opportunity as this event has opened my eyes as a designer and provided me the drive and motivation needed to be in the fashion industry. Speaking to the various vendors gave me insight into the industry and the business aspect of intimate apparel. I wanted to thank you for this lucky opportunity that provided me to broaden my interest and explore many possibilities in the intimate apparel industry. ”
Thanks to the Underfashion Club, several students at the High School of Fashion Industry were able to experience a bustling intimate apparel office at work. Their tour of the Adore Me office and presentation from the designers proved to be an invaluable learning experience.
“I’ve always been fascinated by lingerie. How can garments that are so dainty and minimal, undergo such rigorous construction and thought process? Having the once in a lifetime opportunity to have this question answered by the lingerie designers at AdoreMe, was truly a dream… I had no idea there were so many different jobs and hands needed to get an online retail business running, or even simply designing a garment…not only did we get a first hand sneak peek of their newest line, but we also got some insight on the thought process in deciding which garments are kept and which are left behind, and why…The design team shared that, when choosing what to design or even what to keep for a season, they rely majorly on consumer and trend reports…As a student I usually design what I feel like designing, so it was really eye-opening to hear how most of the time the consumer or “your woman” has a biggest role in the creative design process, not the designer. Most of all, I learned that as a designer, you need to find a balance between catering to the trends and your consumer, while still staying true to your personal design aesthetic. Overall, this was an unforgettable experience, that made me very excited and inspired to start working and getting to know who I want my consumer to be.”
“I couldn’t be more grateful for this trip to Adore Me… It showed me the insight of designers and what they go through to just create one successful garment. Being a student from HSFI, I believe we get a taste of being a designer. Adore Me actually has many professionals in the industry and showed me that time is money and time can’t be wasted. The most important thing I learned was that the Adore Me designers create apparel in advance- not months, but years! It’s just super amazing to be how they get it all done!”
“Today’s experience [at Adore Me] was truly amazing and one of a kind…I was able to place myself in their position and view the steps and process it takes to create on garment/look for intimate apparel…The most important thing that I took from today’s tour and presentation is to always plan ahead and be flexible with everything that is thrown your way. For instance, in one part of the presentation they were speaking about how they have the best sellers and worst sellers, when they find out the worst sellers and they had something similar launching a few months, they’d then have time to go in and make the flexible changes needed.”
“In my opinion, the trip to Adore Me was fascinating because of the lengthy design process that was explained thoroughly. It informed me of the challenges of fast fashion companies, which is why I commend Adore Me for being so successful. One of the most important things that I took away from this experience is that research is extremely essential to the design process. Inspiration can be formed through anything, but what’s important for the market is finding out what’s trending. Following up with competitors is also significant because it can provide a foundation for new products or growth in a fashion company. Adore Me has also surprised me with how much they forecast from now into next year because it’s something I haven’t seen often in the industry.”
Donate to a Scholarship Fund
|Donate to the SAIG Intimate Apparel Scholarship Program:|
|Donate to the John Bowman Memorial Scholarship Fund:|
|Donate to the Mary Krug Memorial Scholarship Fund:|
|Donate to the Eileen West Memorial Scholarship Fund:|
The Underfashion Club, Inc. (EIN #13-3357417) is a 501(c)(3) charity. We welcome donations to any of the above programs/funds that provide dedicated scholarship support to intimate apparel students studying design, merchandising, and production. The John Bowman and Mary Krug Memorial Scholarship Funds provide scholarship support specifically to students of fashion merchandising.
As part of our mission to support “education today for a better industry tomorrow,” The Underfashion Club is launching a speakers bureau to connect industry professionals willing to share their knowledge with college and high school level students interested in pursuing careers in intimate apparel.
Parsons, LIM, FIT and the High School of Art & Design – just to name a few – are very keen to have industry professionals speak to their classes and larger groups for approximately 45 minutes to an hour, and we would like to offer them speakers who can provide clear insight on a specific topic and, if possible, visual aids. Speakers on the high school level should gear their presentations towards a younger audience.
- General Industry and Finance
- Career Opportunities and Job Search
If you are interested in sharing your experience and time with the next generation of IA professionals, please contact us at Admin@underfashionclub.org. We will work with you to schedule a speaking engagement based upon your area of expertise and preferred audience size – classroom or auditorium.
Where are they now?
-By Camille Block
We love being able to follow up with students the Club has helped along the way. It all validates what the UFC does and what we stand for……
”Education today for a better industry tomorrow.”
I ran into two FIT graduates (May 2017) at the BFA exhibit on April 20, 2018 and was able to gain a little insight into their “whereabouts” since they graduated. Bonnie Chen (pictured on left) and Zoe Beggelman (pictured on right) started their jobs in October 2017 and I couldn’t wait to hear what they had to say.
Bonnie, originally from Taiwan, is with VANDALE working as a CAD artist designing all intimates and loving every minute of it. She was an UFC scholarship winner in 2017 and also took part in the Club’s internship program working with GELMART INTERNATIONAL.
Zoe is now working with DELTA GALIL, where she initially started as an intern, also through the UFC internship program. She is an assistant designer for the division SPLENDID and loves designing sleepwear for the brand. Zoe is proficient as a CAD designer and also loves working with the factories.