Faces and Places in Fashion: Steven Stipelman

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Faces and Places in Fashion: Steven Stipelman


Part presentation, part Q&A, FIT's "Faces & Places in Fashion" lecture series is an opportunity to connect students and the public alike to the pulse of the fashion industry in an open and conversational setting.
Our first remote class featured Steven Stipelman, professor of Fashion design/art at FIT since 1993. Professionally, his career goes back more than 40 years. His first job was staff illustrator at Henri Bendel, one of the most fashion forward stores of the period. He drew all the newspaper and promotional ads. His next job, and perhaps the one he is most associated with was an illustrator for Women's wear Daily and "W" for more than 25 years. He illustrated major American and European collections - designer to couture. He worked with these designers often sketching the garments before they were ever made. He learned a great deal of how the collections were created as well as construction and fabrication.
Steven's work has been printed internationally and some of his clients included Lord & Taylor, Marshall Field, Estee Lauder, Orlane, Yves St Laurent cosmetics, Bill Blass, Pierre Cardin, Christian Dior, Valentino, Tuleh, Blassport, Basile and Ralph Rucci. His work has appeared in many shows and exhibitions throughout the country. In 2007, he had a one-person exhibition, "Ethereal Elegance," at the Museum at FIT. He is the author of a textbook, "Illustrating Fashion - Concept to Creation." He would describe his work as giving an impression of movement through a spontaneity of brush strokes and washes of acrylic or watercolor. He wants his figures to always have an ethereal or swan-like look, as if they were floating across the page. The drawing should project an emotion that would make you want to feel that way rather than look that way.


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