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:
Lifetime Achievement Award
Senior Vice President I.P.S. Management- Wacoal America, Inc.
Proceeds from the annual event support the non-profit Underfashion Club’s extensive Scholarship, Awards, Internship and Grants (SAIG) programs. These efforts bring to life the Underfashion Club’s credo of “Education today for a better industry 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.
About the Underfashion Club
It is the mission of the Underfashion Club to raise funds and expend energy to safeguard the present and future health of the intimate apparel industry by supporting education of new talent, attracting this talent to careers in Intimate Apparel and to act as good citizens in the local community within which the industry exists.
The club’s Femmy Award Gala is the most prestigious event of the Intimate Apparel Industry. The annual Femmy Gala is held in recognition of outstanding executives for exceptional achievements. Proceeds from this event provide the primary funding for the Club’s extensive scholarship, awards, internship and grants (SAIG) programs. The SAIG Committee interacts with and monitors the progress of scholarship recipients, coordinates industry participation in educational seminars for students, supports intimate apparel education on the high school and college levels, and actively pursues an intimate apparel internship program in the New York area.
The Program Committee develops informative seminars featuring guest speakers and panelists from the industry and related fields. Held at frequent intervals, these meetings are designed to stimulate and entertain, as well as provide opportunities for career networking. The committee also offers fun get-togethers such as the annual Holiday Party where, in the spirit of the season, clothes and toys are generously donated to the New York Foundling Home.
Through the Charity Committee, meaningful cash donations are made in support of many worthy causes that are industry-related and/or humanitarian in nature.
The Underfashion Club