FIT and the Industry

New York Fashion Week is a major event in the life of the city, and students from the Fashion Institute of Technology help make it happen, filling hundreds of volunteer positions. Last fall, we filmed these fresh arrivals to the Big Apple—they came from around the world—as they immersed themselves in this hard-knocks industry for the first time.

We followed them from their training at the college (“No gum chewing!”) to backstage at some of NYFW’s hottest shows. They worked with designers and stylists, seated VIPs along the runway, dressed models, and scored the soles of Christian Louboutins so the models wouldn’t slip. “Honestly?” one student says, “Everything is exciting, ’cause I’ve never done this before.”

FIT in the News

Meet the two FIT alumni who Dance Magazine called “the trendiest duo in dance.”

Town& (Feb. 6) and Town & Country (March issue, not yet available online) reported on the FIT/Infor Design and Tech partnership with IBM and Tommy Hilfiger in which 15 students and three faculty members from three majors—Textile Development and Marketing, International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries, and Fashion Design— used IBM Research Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create innovative designs for Tommy Hilfiger. (Feb. 12) posted a Q&A with four of the students who participated in the IBMxFIT project. (Feb. 13) announced that FIT will host the symposium Digital Meets Handmade: Jewelry in the 21st Century, a three-day symposium to discuss issues surrounding jewelry design and manufacturing. Held from May 15–17, the event is a partnership between the college and Politecnico di Milano, Italy’s largest technical university.

Industry Magazine (February issue) reported on the new NFL merchandise created with the visual systems designed by the FIT student team that won the NFLxFIT Visual System Design Contest. This contest challenged students minoring in Creative Technology to reimagine unified visual representations of all 32 NFL teams’ identities. Products, which include apparel, blankets, and mugs, among other items, are available on

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