It’s all about design + business

Infor and FIT have created the ultimate design contest exploring the real-world collaboration between fashion designers and business teams. FIT Fashion Design students will submit their red-carpet ready creations to a panel of judges including fashion and retail creatives, and business leaders. Then, the FIT Fashion Business Management students will submit marketing plans to take the winning look from the design contest to the market.

The two winners – students from FIT’s prestigious Schools of Art and Design and Business and Technology - will each receive a $5,000 award. The designer will have the opportunity to collaborate with a professional gown fabricator in New York. And the opportunity to see his or her winning gown on the red carpet at the Harper's Bazaar ICONS event on September 8, during New York Fashion Week.

The judges

Our all-star panel of judges are leaders in fashion and business. Marigay McKee is a well-known consultant in the luxury retail sphere known for her astute business acumen and elegant fashion aesthetic. Temple St. Clair is a lauded haute couture jewelry fashion designer. Her passion for creative expression in gold and precious gemstones is recognized around the world, with museums competing to host her collections. Durand Guion provides the strategic direction for trends and fashion forecasting for Macy’s. He is known for his ability to translate his impeccable taste to meet the lifestyle needs of the Macy’s customer. And Marc Scibelli, Chief Creative Officer of Infor, leads Hook & Loop Digital—a team of strategists and creatives who partner with Infor customers to plan, design, assemble, and run large-scale digital ecosystems.

Why is a business software company sponsoring a fashion design contest for NYC college students?

Infor is not your typical enterprise software company. We’re committed to the success of our customers today, and investing in the next generation: the next generation of fashion designers and business leaders, the next generation workforce, and the next generation of software designers and developers.

Our software is designed to work beautifully—intuitively, responsively, and elegantly. Our industry-specific cloud applications are pre-built with last-mile functionality and requirements, and enhanced with scientific insights and predictive analytics.

We’re making a dedicated investment in next gen software for the fashion and retail industries. Retail software hasn’t seen much change in more than 20 years despite major technological advances. Infor is changing that. Learn about the Infor Retail revolution.

To continue to deliver on this promise, Infor is also investing in the workforce of the future through the Infor Education Alliance Program (EAP), we’re helping today’s students gain real world experiences that will prepare them for their professional careers tomorrow.

Our partnership with FIT includes the Infor | FIT Fashion Design ICON Award and the FIT/Infor Design & Tech Lab. The Lab will train cross-disciplinary teams of students to act as consultants to analyze and solve real world business problems, with the guidance of FIT faculty and Infor experts.