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A December to Remember for LIM College’s Visual Merchandising Department


Student projects, industry awards and special events make for an exciting holiday season

fashion star holiday window displayDecember has been an exciting and productive month for students and faculty in LIM College’s Visual Merchandising Department.

To kick off the holiday festivities, students in a class taught by Associate Chair Marjorie Lee Woo class installed a window display at the Garment District Alliance at 209 West 38th Street (see photo at left).

Then, at The Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) annual gala on December 4 at Cipriani Wall Street, nine LIM students participated in the 2013 Student Gallery Project by creating original punk style-inspired mannequins (see photos at bottom of page). Associate Chair Marjorie Lee Woo and faculty members Grailing King and Monica Rakocy coordinated the effort and supervised the students.

In another exciting development at the PAVE gala, adjunct professor of Visual Merchandising Paul Olszewski, who heads the team that creates Macy’s Herald Square’s holiday windows, was presented with the award for “Best Holiday Windows in New York.” An announcement was also made about the establishment of a scholarship named in honor of LIM College Visual Merchandising Department Chair Eric Feigenbaum.

On December 6, seniors majoring in Visual Merchandising gave their Capstone project presentations. They were tasked with redesigning the first floor of Saks Fifth Avenue in Mexico City. Among the industry executives who evaluated their work were: Harry Cunningham, Senior Vice President of Store Planning and Visual Merchandising at Saks Fifth Avenue; Karen Oleson, design principal for Hambrecht Oleson (who designed the Saks store in Mexico City); Alec Zaballero, design principal at TPG Architecture, and former LIM College Visual Merchandising professor Christene Belish.

That same day, Professor Feigenbaum moderated a panel discussion on visual merchandising practices on New York City’s famed Fifth Avenue for the Association for Retail Environments’ annual Retail Design Collective. Visual merchandising professionals from Saks Fifth Avenue, The Diamond Group and Tommy Bahama served as panelists.

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