All dressed up, and somewhere to go at LIU Post

Hold it right there: Some 25 top-of-the-line Pucci mannequins have been gifted to LIU Post's unique Fashion Merchandising program.

Christmas is coming early to Long Island University, which received not one but two special gifts this week.

LIU Post’s College of Management has taken possession of 25 top-of-the-line mannequins created by Ralph Pucci International, a New York City designer known internationally for its furniture, fine art and distinctive, pliable, anatomically proportionate mannequins, among other top-drawer offerings.

The mannequins, donated by the Saks Fifth Avenue store in Huntington, arrived Wednesday, the same day as 30 vintage, high-fashion designer dresses gifted by an anonymous donor. The goodies were welcomed by school officials at the Brookville college’s B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library.

Together, the gifts will create a unique opportunity for students in the College of Management’s Fashion Merchandising program, who will engage in a project this spring in which they’ll catalogue and display the items, creating a full fashion exhibition including detailed signage.

Under director Cherie Serota, a former buyer and marketing executive for Saks Fifth Avenue and women’s specialty designer Henri Bendel, LIU Post’s Fashion Merchandising Program is “unique to the region,” the college noted, offering Long Island students a chance to “focus on the business end of the fashion industry.”

The program, which leads to a bachelor’s of science degree, combines facets from myriad academic majors – including marketing, public relations, business management and economics – with a fashion merchandising minor, giving students the knowledge and skills they’ll need to succeed in the fashion business.