Jeannette Dunn Kendall, Patternmaking Technology ’79

So many memories are captured in my mind. I cherish the simple ones: professors clad in suits with ties, rushing into class, always a measuring tape draped around their neck and filled with enthusiasm having just stepped out from their jobs in the Garment District. I was privileged to work with Dr Harry Besserman, Dr Brodsky, Prof Scheier and many more.

FIT opened doors for me like sitting across from Andy Warhol at a Halston fashion show and internships at Liz Potter Sweater Design House in SOHO and Ceil Ainsworth’s high-end children’s apparel and ultimately full time design assistant at (now defunct) Russ Togs.

My career evolved in the Washington DC area from custom wedding gowns to fashion consultations to now a thriving nonprofit utilizing donated clothing to help the underserved get jobs. Four upscale unique resale shops create the funding for the nonprofit.

I owe so much to FIT for the skills, confidence and biz savvy that have brought me to this place. The pic of me is at the 1979 graduation at Madison Square Garden. I took pics of one of my text books and worksheets for a bit of humor!

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