2010 Icon of Style Award : Bloomingdale's Stephanie Solomon Receives at Syracuse University's New York City Fashion Show June 10, 2010
Fashion Event Article Posted May 18, 2010

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Stephanie Solomon, Bloomingdale's operating vice president for fashion direction for women's ready-to-wear (RTW) and a 1972 Syracuse University alumna, will be honored with the 2010 Icon of Style Award at Vision with Action, the New York City senior fashion show of SU's College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), on Thursday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. at JPMorgan Chase, One Chase Manhattan Plaza, 60th floor. A reception will precede the show at 6:30 p.m.

The show will feature the top collections from fashion design seniors in VPA's School of Art and Design as selected by a jury of industry professionals including Solomon and renowned designer and SU alumnus Henry Grethel and SU faculty.

VPA held its first New York City fashion show in 2008 to showcase the high quality of design and craftsmanship created at SU to designers and the media in New York. The college has presented an annual fashion show on the SU campus for more than 20 years.

The college created the Icon of Style Award to honor those individuals in the fashion industry who are bold, innovative and visionary. Past recipients of the award are Grethel and prominent model, author, lecturer, clothing designer and women's advocate Emme, an SU alumna.

Solomon, who graduated from SU with a bachelor's degree in education, joined Bloomingdale's in 1984 as a fashion coordinator. She began in women's RTW and then covered the women's fashion accessories markets. She reported directly to the renowned Kalman Ruttenstein, who was her mentor and tutor for 23 years. Her job includes covering the twice-yearly women's fashion collection showings in New York, Milan and Paris. She also leads an RTW team that is responsible for finding the most exciting, fashion-forward merchandise for Bloomingdale's stores nationwide.

Solomon recently returned to SU to give a lecture about her career as well as mentor the senior fashion design students. She reviewed each of the senior collections and helped each student edit his or her collection to six looks that were featured at the on-campus fashion show.

Tickets for the show are $250 for benefactor level, which includes preferred seating and a gift bag; $125 for patron level; and $50 for SU alumni who graduated from 06-10. Tickets may be purchased online at invite.syr.edu/vision. To purchase tickets by phone or for more information about the event, contact April Maw at (315) 443-7095. Seating is limited.

Focused on design and creative development, VPA's fashion design program offers an intellectually stimulating environment with a global perspective. This, coupled with practical and theoretical skills, technology and the study of the cultural context in which fashion exists, provides a broad-based education in fashion. In addition to Emme and Grethel, notable alumni from SU and the fashion design program include Betsey Johnson, Donald Brooks, Tom and Linda Platt, Lisa Kline and Danna Weiss.

VPA is committed to the education of cultural leaders who will engage and inspire audiences through performance, visual art, design, scholarship and commentary. The college provides the tools for self-discovery and risk-taking in an environment that thrives on critical thought and action. Learn more at https://vpa.syr.edu/.

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