Moore College of Art & Design congratulates alumna Ivy Aristy ‘10, who has been named a Designer-in-Residence for the fourth year of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator (PFI) program at Macy’s Center City. The fashion initiative was created to help foster and support emerging local fashion design talent.
Six designers have been chosen to begin their 12-month residency as the 2015 Designers-in-Residence. The new class of designers now has access to the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator’s 800 + square-foot production room, office and showroom housed in Macy’s Center City. For the next year, they will receive business mentoring from some of the region’s leading business professionals, which helps them in building their brands, as well as workshops and retail critiques with the fashion industry’s most celebrated talent to assist them in breaking into the fashion marketplace.
The program is a collaboration between The City of Philadelphia, Center City District, Macy’s Center City and several educational institutions devoted to fashion design in Philadelphia, including Moore, Drexel University and Philadelphia University.
Aristy, who graduated from Moore in 2010 with a major in Fashion Design, said she applied to the program because she's interested in learning the business side of fashion and making connections with people in the industry. Since the beginning of March, Aristy has been working on a business plan , met with manufacturing, sourcing, production and public relations representatives and traveled to New York for a trend forecasting session.
"It has been really great," she said. "We've been doing a lot. Now we're starting to work on sketching our designs."
Born in Queens, New York and raised in the Dominican Republic, Aristy showed a high interest in the arts and fashion world at an early age. Her father was an architect and a big influence on her work.
"He is very modern with his designs," she said. "When I was growing up, I made outfits for my dog and my dolls. I always wanted to be a designer."
While at Moore, Aristy interned at renowned fashion houses DKNY and after graduation at Yigal Azrouel in New York. She later freelanced for Goodlad Apparel in Philadelphia.
"At Moore, I learned so much about fabrics and putting cohesive collectiosn together," she said. "I really loved that it was somewhere I could have one-on-one time with my teachers and they knew what kind of designer I was. They gave me special attention and time to develop my skill set."
After many years of cultivating her aesthetic, Aristy has decided to launch her namesake line, concentrating on fusing feminine and edgy elements to create an overall modern, cool and sophisticated look. An essential part of the brand will be to provide high-quality garments made in the USA.
Moore College of Art & Design educates students for careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's visual arts college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers ten Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women and since 2009, five coeducational Graduate Studies programs. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore; Continuing Education programs for professional adults; the acclaimed Youth Programs for young people grades 1-12, which was founded in 1921; The Art Shop and Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit www.moore.edu.