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DDI, Saks Fifth Avenue to Host Student Window Challenge
June 03, 2012

DDI Magazine, in cooperation with Saks Fifth Avenue, will host the DDI Student Window Challenge on June 7. The new design competition will bring together visual merchandising students from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), giving them a chance to compete for a mentorship with the Saks window team. The daylong challenge, to be held inside Saks Fifth Avenue’s 49th Street windows at the Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York, will culminate with an After Party and awards presentation at the Saks Café on 8 from 6-8 p.m., hosted by DDI and Saks.

Teams will work independently, but will gain professional insight from Saks visual directors. The students will not know what materials they have to work with until they arrive on the morning of June 7. They will be given donated materials by the event sponsors, including: Architectural Systems, Centiva, Fusion, Lifestyle/Trimco, Mondo Mannequins, Seven Continents and Van Stry.

Photos of the challenge and final designs will be featured in DDI Magazine and online at

Industry professionals interested in participating in the After Party can register at

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