BFA Muslin Critiques Held
The Fashion School’s senior Bachelor of Fine Art design students participated in School’s annual Muslin Critique, which acts as the mid-point review for all of the collections of the seniors finishing up their B.F.A. coursework
Every year, industry mentors are brought in to view and critique the students’ work. The mentors for this semester were: Marie Teike, founder and co-designer at REMAKE by Stockholm City Mission; Karin Sterner, designer at REMAKE by Stockholm City Mission; Jacqueline Hughes, design director of sweaters and knits at Ralph Lauren (also an instructor at the School’s NYC Studio); and Michael Cunningham, designer at Joan Vass.
The process of the B.F.A. collection review starts the first week of the fall semester when the students come prepared with a collection proposal in an illustration form. The first review is conducted by faculty teaching the design seniors. During the review of the initial selection of looks, some students may have to revise their idea or go back to the drawing board for further exploration.
The second step includes the Muslin Critique, which consists of industry mentors coming in to review the collections of the muslin-constructed garments. At this stage of the process, the goal is for the students to have figured out the construction of their fabric ideas and patterns. The students then present their collections to the mentors, and the mentors then provide constructive feedback to the students.
After the critique, the students then participate in the annual NYC fabric shopping trip, which is where they purchase all of their fabric needed to complete their final collection based on the feedback received from the mentors.
Next semester, the students will take part in another critique with different industry critics and will present their final collections. The spring critique is where the selections are made regarding which students’ collections will be presented in the Fashion School’s Annual Fashion Show.