FIT in the News – November 16

The Division of Communications and External Relations is pleased to share FIT in the News, which reports highlights of major news stories about the college and/or that quote the college’s experts. These stories will be accessible for at least seven days by clicking on the links below. and (both November 15) reported that FIT is one of eight recipients of the 2016 Environmental Excellence Award, given by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. FIT was honored “for its sustainable initiatives, including green roofs that helped cut the campus’s carbon footprint by 43 percent.” FIT’s curriculum was also singled out for praise, “offer[ing] students unique courses focused on innovative designs and strategic business solutions that have global impacts. Projects designed by students include an innovative fabric-composting system and a state-of-the-art dye garden for plants that have the potential to reduce or replace the use of synthetic dyes.”

The Couture Council’s annual luncheon benefiting The Museum at FIT (MFIT), held on September 7, at which Akris Creative Director Albert Kriemler received the 2016 Award for Artistry of Fashion, continues to garner media coverage, most recently in Avenue (November issue).

Marianne Klimchuk, associate chair, Packaging Design, was quoted in a press release distributed through PRWeb (November 8) announcing a call for entries for the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. Klimchuk is a judge in the contest.

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, commented to (November 9) about the history of the pantsuit, most recently championed by Hillary Clinton. Pants, Steele said, “gave that kind of gender equality that clothing had explicitly denied women before.” The article was picked up by (November 10).

Uniformity, currently on display at MFIT, received feature coverage in the online magazine Modage (Argentina, November issue). Additional coverage appeared on (Puerto Rico, November 11).