FIT Student Selkowitz Wins Bridesmaid Dress Makeover Contest

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FIT student winner of bridesmaid dress makeover contest named

Juda Selkowitz

It was a real test to fit and sew the dress in a way that made it look like a whole new garment and not something deconstructed or segmented

Juda Selkowitz, a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), is the winner of a competition to transform a bridesmaid dress into the perfect outfit for a Friday night date, dinner, concert, or other festive occasion. Her design was chosen the best by visitors to Bridal Guide magazine's website. Bridal Guide and Alfred Angelo, a bridalwear manufacturer, sponsored the contest. Selkowitz, one of three finalists, won $1500.

The contest was open to all full-time FIT students majoring in Fashion Design. Bridal Guide provided each student with photos of three bridesmaid dresses. Participants submitted three sketches and fabric samples of the redesigned dresses. Each finalist then received an actual bridesmaid dress to redesign according to her sketch.

“It was a real test to fit and sew the dress in a way that made it look like a whole new garment and not something deconstructed or segmented,” Selkowitz said. A native of Shokan, NY, Selkowitz is a junior at FIT, specializing in special occasion and evening wear.

Karen Scheetz, associate professor and assistant chairperson of FIT’s Fashion Design–Art department, said, “This was a great opportunity for our students to show their creativity and gain valuable media exposure for themselves and FIT. We thank Bridal Guide and Alfred Angelo for bringing this contest to us.”

About Bridal Guide:
The most popular choice for engaged readers, Bridal Guide delivers unique editorial to over four million readers with each issue. With regular features covering the full cycle of wedding planning — from fashion and finance to home decorating and honeymoons — Bridal Guide addresses the questions that occupy the minds of engaged couples. Whether you are shopping for dresses, planning the reception menu or selecting items for your registry, Bridal Guide is the complete resource for those about to say, “I do.” For more information, please visit .

About Alfred Angelo:

Founded in the 1930s by Alfred Angelo Piccione and his wife, Edythe Piccione, Alfred Angelo is the world’s leading maker of wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses. Their son and daughter, Vincent Piccione and Michele Piccione, now run the company. Under the direction of designer Michael Shettel, the Alfred Angelo bridal collections exemplify the qualities for which Alfred Angelo is known: providing elegant, high-quality bridal and formal dresses at affordable prices. The Alfred Angelo, Alfred Angelo Sapphire, and Piccione bridal collections are designed to include a broad range of silhouettes in beautiful fabrics, embellished with exquisite embroideries, beading and laces.

Alfred Angelo bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, flower girls, special occasion and mother’s dresses are available in 50 Alfred Angelo retail stores located in California, Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Oklahoma and Ohio, as well as 1500 independent retail stores across the U.S. Each store carries a wide selection of Alfred Angelo bridal and bridesmaid dresses, available in sizes 2 to 28W. A bride can choose a gown from our “Dream In Color”™ collection, customizing her gown with trim in 55 colors. And her maids, mothers and flower girls can all match perfectly with the same 55 color choices. Alfred Angelo offers every bride the wedding gown she’s always dreamed about, and the ability to make the vision of her perfect day a reality.

About FIT:
FIT ( is an internationally renowned college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York. It serves over 10,000 students, preparing them for professional excellence in more than 45 fields of study leading to the AAS, BFA, BS, MA, and MPS degrees.

A wide range of programs, among them Accessories Design, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, and Fashion Design, combined with an in-depth liberal arts curriculum, and a location on New York City’s Fashion Avenue, offer a unique education experience.

The Fashion Design program prepares students to develop apparel from sketch to finished garment. The two-year associate’s degree program gives them an essential foundation, with classes in computer-aided design, draping, fashion drawing, patternmaking, sewing, and presentation skills.

In the four-year baccalaureate program, students get advanced instruction in specialized areas such as children’s wear, intimate apparel, special occasion wear, and tailoring. They work alongside acclaimed industry critics who serve as judges for a year-end runway fashion show, seen as a springboard for the designers of tomorrow. FIT alumni include Ralph Rucci, Calvin Klein, Norma Kamali, Francisco Costa, Amsale Aberra, Reem Acra, Stephen Burrows, and Nanette Lepore.

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