FIT in the News – September 16, 2016

September 16, 2016

The Division of Communications and External Relations is pleased to send you 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.

The Couture Council’s annual luncheon benefiting The Museum at FIT, held on September 7, at which Akris Creative Director Albert Kriemler received the 2016 Award for Artistry of Fashion, garnered coverage on (with a 19-image slideshow), (Germany), (United Kingdom),, (all September 7),, (Switzerland), (all September 8), (all September 9), (Switzerland), (England), (both September 10), (Australia), (United Kingdom),
(all September 11), (Taiwan), (all September 12), and in The New York TimesThe New York PostConnecticut Post, and Connecticut News-Times (all September 8), and WWD (September 11). Akris held its fall Fashion Week runway show in New York rather than in Paris for the first time since 2004 to dovetail with the event.

The Village Voice (September 13) ran a full-page profile of 2016 Fashion Design graduate Stephanie Ali, who won the Intimate Apparel Critic’s Award last spring.

FIT Fashion Design students got a sneak peek on Good Morning America (September 9) of the Tommy X Gigi women’s wear collection, a collaboration between Gigi Hadid and Tommy Hilfiger. During the live segment students asked questions about the collection. (September 8) announced that BFA Fashion Design student Lara Tabak was the winner of the Infor/FIT Fashion Design ICONS Award and called Tabak “the newest red carpet designer you need to know about.” The winning design was worn at the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS event on September 9. The post on Instagram (September 10) has received 3,849 likes to date. (September 9) announced the partnership between FIT and the Seaport Culture District, located at the South Street Seaport. The current exhibition, #wip, showcases the work of the Urban Studio, a collective of students and alumni of the Fine Arts Department. (September 8) showed “first day of school outfits” as worn by students across the country, including Cece Giglio of FIT. (September 6) and (Italy, September 8) both reported that Fashion Design students Jiyeon Lee and Dustin Jasso presented their collections during New York Fashion Week. Both students were Supima Design Competition finalists, which include students from six design schools. The competition required finalists to create a capsule collection of clothing using Supima cotton fabrics. (September 7) spoke with Sass Brown, interim dean and acting associate dean, School of Art and Design, about textile waste and chemicals in the clothing textile supply chain. (September 9) reported that Brenda Cowan, associate professor, Exhibition Design, worked with the National September 11 Memorial and Museum on a project titled “A Theory of Psychotherapeutic Object Dynamics,” about the physiological impact of donating artifacts to the museum.

HGTV Magazine (October issue) spoke with Ingrid Johnson, professor and assistant chair, Textile Development and Marketing, about using aerosol hair spray to remove ink stains from jeans.

AM New York (September 6) spoke with Barbara Berman, facilitator, Center for Continuing and Professional Studies, for an article about what goes on behind the scenes during New York Fashion Week.

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), spoke with (September 8) about the recycling of fashion trends from the twentieth century. Steele was quoted in (September 8) about the return of 1980s “power dressing” and in (September 9) about aspects of being a curator at MFIT, such as the acquisition of works by contemporary designers. (September 9) spoke with Patricia Mears, deputy director, MFIT, for a segment about the evolution of menswear. (Russia, September 7) included MFIT as one of the “Things to Do in the Garment District During Fashion Week.”

Uniformity, currently on display at MFIT, received coverage in Forbes (Romania, September issue, clip not available online).

Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffulhe, which will open at MFIT on September 23, received advance feature coverage on (September 14). Additional coverage appeared in Departures (September issue).

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