The Underfashion Club Annual Femmy Gala
by Moira Nelson
On Tuesday, January 31st, 2012, the Underfashion Club hosted its annual Femmy Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. The Intimate Affair was hosted by the witty and charismatic celebrity spokesperson Carson Kressley. When asked to host the annual awards ceremony, Carson Kressley thought to himself, “I don’t know anyone as Femmy as me, so that sounds like it could work!”
The annual Femmy Awards Gala is considered the premier event in the intimate apparel industry attracting hundreds of professionals from all aspects of the lingerie industry and related fields. The awards honor individuals and companies that have significantly contributed to the industry and its growth. This year’s Gala honored:
Manufacturer: Fruit of the Loom
Global Supplier: Top Form Brassiere Mfg. Co. Ltd.
Innovation Award: Penn Asia Company Limited
Lifetime Achievement Award: Victor Vega S.V.P. of I.P.S. Management – Wacoal America, Inc.
Proceeds from the annual event support the non-profit Underfashion Club’s extensive Scholarship, Awards, Internships an Grants (SAIG) programs. These efforts bring to life the Underfashion Club’s credo of “Education today for a better tomorrow.”
The highlight of the Intimate Affair was the 9th Annual Student Design Contest featuring the designs of Fashion Institute of Technology students who concentrate their studies on intimate apparel under the direction of FIT Professor Alexandra Armillas. The students Art Deco-inspired designs were displayed at the event and attendees selected three student designers to receive cash awards. This year’s featured student designers include Nina Trimble who was awarded the first place prize of $4000 for her creation “Deco Diamonds”, the 2nd place prize went to Yecca Zeng, 3rd place was awarded to Lauren Haron and the three other student designers included Claudia Mesiti, Amy Gianforcaro and Nicole Ward. The design contest is an integral part of the Underfashion Club’s mission to help educate, influence and attract new talent into the intimate apparel industry.
Claudia Rose Mesiti