RISD to Stage First New York Fashion Week Show

Thanks to some $$ from Tommy Hilfiger.
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Elizabeth Hilfiger and father Tommy. Photo: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images

Elizabeth Hilfiger and father Tommy. Photo: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images

Only a couple of U.S. fashion schools have staged runway shows during New York Fashion Week over the years, including Parsons and the Academy of Art University, while most hold shows in May around graduation time. Of course, New York Fashion Week is a much more visible platform, and for the spring 2017 season another prestigious art school will use it to showcase its students' work: Rhode Island School of Design.

While perhaps better known for its visual arts degrees, RISD offers a B.A. in apparel design. Prominent recipients include Nicole Miller, Marcia Patmos, Robert Geller and Sally LaPointe. 

Another notable graduate is Elizabeth Hilfiger, daughter of one Tommy Hilfiger, who is actually funding RISD's NYFW debut, reports WWD. Since his over-the-top runway extravaganzas apparently leave him with money to spare, he is making the event possible through a grant. He will also host it along with Miller and Geller.

According to the trade, 10 recent graduates will be selected to show by a group of industry insiders including The Row’s head of design Francesco Fucci. It's technically not the first time RISD has gotten involved with New York Fashion Week: in 2010, Elle hosted a design competition among 22 of the school's students, and Hilfiger was one of the judges.

The show will take place Sept. 14 at Skylight Clarkson Square.

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