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[IGC Journal] Interview with SUNY Korea FIT Prof. Cynthia UnderwoodPress Releaseㅣ2020-04-28 13:37
Professor Cynthia Underwood teaches apparel construction to Fashion Design students at SUNY Korea FIT. Find out more about the world of fashion design and education philosophy from this educator whose dream since childhood has been to make her own clothes.
Q. How did you get into fashion, and how do you define fashion design?
At the age of 14, I went to a vocational school in Pennsylvania because I wanted to make my own clothes. That was how I came into the world of fashion. After my training, I worked in various clothing factory's where I learned that fashion design and professional construction was crucial to making quality clothing.
Fashion design reflects and tells you who you are with regard to age, lifestyle etc. That is why fashion design has long been affected by society and culture, manifesting itself in diverse ways across time and space.
Q. Can you tell us how you came to know about FIT and what your philosophy is when it comes to talent education?
In 1975, I heard that FIT had a two-year design program, and I went on a campus tour in New York. I loved the school and the program, and joined it the following year while I worked in the industry for various designers such as Carolina Herrera and Isaac Mizrahi. It was in 1984 that I started teaching at FIT. Come to think of it, my connection to FIT goes way back.
Research is important. For my classes, I've prepared in a wide range of materials and examples. I use historical as well as current publications to show trends and textiles for different silhouettes and style presentations. Different drapes as well as cutting and sewing patterns are great examples for students who are learning to create and form their own designs.
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