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Shelburne Museum Fashion Contest Winners Announced

Shelburne Museum Senior Curator Jean Burks announced the overall winners in the museum’s fashion design contest. Four students from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City took top honors for their fashions, which are on display with other finalist designs, in the exhibit In Fashion: High Style, 1690-2011 opening on June 18.

The honorees are: Kyle Edmund Pearson, first place; Jusil Carroll, second place and Hyo-Kyoung Lee, third place. Hyo-Kyoung Lee also won the award for the best art boards. The students will receive $2,000; $1,500 and $1,000 respectively, plus $1,000 for best art boards.

Shelburne Museum challenged the FIT students to “complete the look” by designing pieces that complement a selection of eight bodices from the museum’s collection. The student designs can be viewed at

“We were so impressed by the creativity and quality of every one of the eight garments that the FIT students produced. Choosing the top three was difficult. The top prize winners excelled at finding a link between the 19th century and today by designing a look that transported the museum’s vintage pieces into the 21st century,” said Burks.

All eight student designed garments are on view in the exhibit In Fashion: High Style, 1690-2011, which runs through October 30. The public can vote on their favorite designs at

In Fashion features masterpieces by early Parisian designers Emile Pingat and House of Worth alongside designs by today’s icons of fashion including Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Carolina Herrera, Prabal Gurung, Christian Siriano and others.

In the first round of the competition, the students submitted design concepts as sketches. In the second round, 15 finalists were asked to further develop their concepts. In the final round, eight students were selected to produce their garments for the exhibition. From the eight exhibitors, the three top designs and best art board winners were selected.

In Fashion: High Style 1690-2011, on exhibit from June 18-October 30, is comprised of over 75 costumes from the museum’s permanent collection plus garments on loan from major contemporary designers. The exhibit is presented in sections that include: Haute Couture, featuring early high fashion from Paris including Emile Pingat and House of Worth alongside fashion icons of today; Complete the Look, showcases 19th century bodices paired with designs by FIT students; Fashionable 50’s pays tribute to American designer Hattie Carnegie; and Head to Toe features shoes, accessories, and outerwear from the 19th and early 20th centuries, including a pair of women’s shoes from the 17th century.

About Shelburne Museum: Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont is one of North America’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum grounds. The museum’s collection includes works by the great Impressionists Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas as well as a prized collection of folk art including trade signs, weathervanes and quilts. Visit

About FIT: FIT, a leader in career-oriented education, is a college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York (SUNY), with 46 majors leading to the AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees. The college serves more than 10,000 students annually and offers courses in a wide range of fields, among them jewelry design, fashion design, advertising and marketing communications, toy design, home products development, interior design, and fashion merchandising management. Visit

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