Impact


In 2016, We distributed
$220,000
in Scholarships, Awards, Internships and Equipment, in support of intimate apparel design and merchandising students.

SAIG AND MARY KRUG SCHOLARSHIPS

67%

CONTESTS & AWARDS

13%

INTERNSHIPS

11%

EQUIPMENT

9%
IN 2016
THE UNDERFASHION CLUB, INC.
PROVIDED FINANCIAL SUPPORT THROUGH ITS
SCHOLARSHIP, AWARDS AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS
TO STUDENTS AT

ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY
DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE SENIOR HIGH (DASH) SCHOOL
FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
HIGH SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN
LIM COLLEGE
PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN
PRATT INSTITUTE


PROVIDED FUNDING FOR EQUIPMENT TO
BENEFIT STUDENTS AT

HIGH 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.

KELSEY WHITE | LIM College

2017 DASH SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

SHEILAM HORTA

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.

Thank You Notes from the 2017 Fashion Institute of Technology Student Design Contest Winners and Finalists

I would love to thank you from the bottom of my heart, for giving me the honor of winning first prize for the Femmy design contest! It is truly an amazing recognition to receive. I am continually blown away by the amount of support the Underfashion Club has offered to me as a student. I will be forever grateful. It has helped to shape my college career, and allowed me to grow as a designer.I am so very excited to go to Paris! I have never been, and I cannot wait to enjoy the city, the food, and the lingerie. Thank you so much, and I hope to see some of you again in Paris.

All the Very Best,
Katelyn Zawierucha
1st Prize Winner

The past few months have been rigorous and stressful, but definitely worth every second worked. I am very happy and grateful that I have had the opportunity to compete in the Femmy Gala Design Contest! I feel completely blessed that the Underfashion Club exists, because nowhere else do you see an appreciation for such a skill and passion. I am also grateful for being a recipient of a SAIG scholarship, and being able to participate in the summer internship program. It was a great experience that has strengthened my knowledge of the intimate apparel industry. The Underfashion Club has greatly helped me reach my goals, more quickly than expected and has opened many doors! I would like to thank you very much for all of your generosity and support!
Best,
Jennifer Monzon
2nd Prize Winner
Thank you so much for the opportunity to create and show a look at the Femmy Gala! It was such a thrill to talk to people about my project and hear their thoughts. I am overjoyed by the positive responses I heard and thrilled to have won third place. It was so meaningful to be able to have people in the industry come up to me to talk about my look and inspiration, ask me about my interest in intimates, and find out what my plans were for the future. The support the club gives to students is so incredible. Over the past few semesters, the club has really helped me financially as well as helping me present myself and my work to industry members who I hope to encounter again after graduation. It was truly an amazing experience.
Sincerely,
Mary Kate Kauffelt
3rd Prize Winner
I want to thank the Underfashion Club for the continuous support they have provided us at FIT. I am honored to be selected as one of the six finalists for the Femmy Contest of 2017, and very thankful for the opportunity to meet industry professionals at the Gala. It was not only an eye opening experience, but an inspiration to strive for success.
Best Regards,
Bonnie Chen
Finalist
I want to say thank you to the Underfashion Club who introduced the journey of the Student Design Contest to my seventh semester class at FIT. Also I want to thank Macra Lace, Tianhai Athletic Solutions, and Stretchline for offering us additional supplies, which allowed our designs to come to life along with the stipend we received once selected as semifinalists. Receiving the stipend was more than helpful because I was able to design more freely and research more options in depth.I truly enjoyed being a part of the contest, because it allowed me to design something specific for my target customer; as well as bringing my design to life from my sketch pad to dress form and also, I was able to experiment with laser cutting and adding different components to my design to reflect my true aesthetic as young designer.

Thank you so much Underfashion Club.

Warmly,
Diandra Howell
Finalist

Thank you so much for your generosity and support. I am so very grateful for being able to attend the Femmy Gala and take part in the student design competition. The opportunity to showcase my work and meet a variety of industry professionals at the Femmy Gala was incredibly valuable, especially as we near our graduation.The support I and my classmates have received from the various programs of the club is simply amazing. I deeply appreciate the wonderful support I have received throughout these final years of my studies from the Underfashion Club.

Thank you again, for this amazing opportunity. The invitation to attend the Femmy Gala and take part in the student design competition was an experience that I value greatly.

Sincerely,
Lara Tabak
Finalist

Scholarship Recipients

Thank you so very much. This will definitely lighten my load. It will give me a some type of security when it come to my finances. Just this week I was tempted to drop out of school because of financial reasons. Thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart, again I thank you.
Georgiana Charlemagne
Thank you so much for awarding me with the very generous scholarship on behalf of the Underfashion Club. I want you to know how much I appreciate your investment in me and my future. It was a great experience meeting you all and hearing the positive feedback you gave regarding my work. I am excited to start my exploration into the Intimate Apparel Industry, and this scholarship will be a great financial help in achieving my academic goals. I hope to meet with you again in the future!
Sincerely,
Emily Burke
I would like to thank the members of the Saig Committee for awarding me this prestigious scholarship. This was such an honor. When I received the email I was at FIT working on my term garment for draping and my emotions ranged from grateful, thankful and the realization that this is where I belong. FIT is my home away from home the place that gave me the foundation to pursue my dreams. I know the road before me will be an adventure but with hard work and determination I am confident my goals and dreams will come true.
Thank you once again for this great opportunity.
Sincerely,
Alicia Scinto
Thank you for this amazing scholarship! I can honestly not put into words how much this means to me. Not only will this help me further my studies, but it takes such a huge weight off of my shoulders.
Sincerely,
Kendra Lehner
Thank you so much for this opportunity. I am so grateful for the Underfashion Club and the scholarship.
Thank You,
Charlotte Sandness
That is amazing, thank you so much! I’m so honored and grateful for this news.
Thanks again,
Kelsey White
 

Speakers Bureau

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.

  • Fashion:
    • Design
    • Merchandising/Marketing
    • Production
  • 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.