THE ANNUAL 2016 FEMMY GALA BREAKS RECORD
ATTENDANCE & MONEY RAISED
Hosted by Burlesque Star & Lingerie Designer, Dita Von Teese
Honoring: Amazon Fashion, Victoria’s Secret, Lane Bryant/Cacique, Pacific/New Horizon, Richard Leeds International, The Best of INTIMA, and Martin Trust Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
The Fashion Institute of Technology Design Students Awarded Scholarship
New York, NY – February 3, 2016–The lingerie industry feted some of its greatest stars at the 2016 FEMMY AWARDS, held at Cipriani 42nd Street on Tuesday, February 3rd, hosted by Burlesque Star and Lingerie Designer Dita Von Teese. More than 675 industry executives, media and celebrities attended the event sponsored by The Underfashion Club, a not-for-profit organization, which promotes industry and student education. The event broke all records for money raised at $600,000.
Host Dita Von Teese dazzled the audience in a glamorous black Zac Posen gown and “Glorified Girl” bustier from her own lingerie collection. Dita said, “I remember being fascinated by lingerie from a really young age. It’s always been a part of my life, and it’s really great that it’s come full circle from working in the lingerie store to today, designing my own collection and then being here.”
Martin Trust, CEO of MAST Industries, accepted The Lifetime Achievement Award. Trust, who is often referred to as the godfather of the lingerie industry received accolades from countless industry executives, including Victoria’s Secret CEO Sharen Turney, who explained, “I couldn’t even speak to all of the contributions he has made to Victoria’s Secret, much less what he has meant to the entire industry. Marty is a true revolutionary, a maverick with a get-it-done spirit like no one I’ve ever known.”
Francesca Spinetta, Co-Owner and Editorial Director of The Best of INTIMA magazine, accepted The President’s Award, and additional honorees included Amazon Fashion, accepted by Meredith Bunche, DMM of Women’s Basics; Best Pacific / New Horizon, accepted by CEO Zhang Haitao; Lane Bryant and Cacique, accepted by CEO Linda Heasley, and Richard Leeds International, accepted by CEO Richard Leeds, and Victoria’s Secret, accepted by CEO Sharen Turney.
Lane Bryant and Cacique CEO Linda Heasley shared, “The inspiration behind the ‘I’m No Angel’ campaign is the woman we serve. We hoped to give her an opportunity to celebrate herself as the beauty she is.’”
The Fashion Institute of Technology Design Contest
The six FIT Student Design Contest finalists also unveiled their elegant intimate apparel designs for the guests. The theme was “Artists As Muse.” Students drew inspiration from the works of iconic artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo, showing inspiration for the artist’s body of work through their own unique garments.
The top three winners of this year’s Student Design Contest were awarded scholarships presented by SAIG Co-Chairs Suzanne Beck and Clelia Parisi. The first place winner, Kimberly Paley, inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe, received $5,000, and an all expenses-paid trip to Paris Mode City provided by Eurovet and Curvexpo. Second place winner Valerie Lopez received $4,000, and third place winner Laura Leong received $3,000. The other participating students, Diana Betances, Dayra Galarza, and Rebecca Victor each received $1,000. These scholarships were underwritten by Clover Group International, Regina Miracle International and Stretchline Holdings. Alexandra Armillas, FIT Professor, provided guidance and support to the student designers. The Annual Student Design Contest is an integral part of The Underfashion Club’s mission to help educate, influence and attract new talent for the industry for the future.
“The FEMMY Awards are an essential part of our ongoing efforts to raise funds to promote education, innovation and growth within the Intimate Apparel Industry. Congratulations to the 2016 winners who joined us in these efforts,” said Victor H. Vega, President of The Underfashion Club.
About The Underfashion Club
The Underfashion Club is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization established to provide Intimate Apparel Industry leaders with a forum to exchange information and ideas, and support the Intimate Apparel market as a vital aspect of the fashion industry through its ongoing commitment to support the education of new talent.