FIT in the News – March 23

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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. (March 19) announced that AlgiKnit, which began as an entry to the 2016 Biodesign Challenge, is one of 15 startups selected to participate in The Fashion for Good–Plug and Play Accelerator. The program works to find and scale innovative technologies and business models that have the greatest potential to reshape the industry for good and includes mentorships with program partners Adidas, C&A, Galeries Lafayette, Kering, Target, and Zalando. Pickups included (March 19). (March 15) and The New York Times (March 16) spoke with Mark-Evan Blackman, assistant professor, Menswear, about the return of shorter shorts on basketball courts. “That’s the antithesis of fashion,” Blackman said of baggy shorts. “I’m glad to say goodbye.” Pickups include (March 16).

The launch of Sneaker Essentials, an online education course created by FIT’s Accessories Design program and Complex Networks and offered through the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies, was reported on (March 15).

The death of legendary fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy was noted by Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), in interviews given to (March 12) and WWD (March 13). (March 14) features an interview with Steele, where she discusses her career, her typical day, and her most exciting projects. W Magazine (April issue) spoke with Steele for an article on floral prints. She also spoke with and WWD (both March 19) for an article on cultural appropriation in fashion and the controversies that can ensue.

Pockets to Purses: Fashion + Function, organized by graduate students in FIT’s Fashion and Textile Studies program and currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on (March 12), (with a six-image slide show), (both March 13), (March 16), and (March 19).

The Body: Fashion and Physique, currently on view at MFIT, received feature coverage on (March 20). Additional coverage appeared on (March 14).