On Sunday, June 14, FIT President Joyce F. Brown and FIT graduate Luis Peralta, who won a Critic Award for Sportswear in the BFA Fashion Design runway show The Future of Fashion, appeared on WABC-TV Channel 7’s Tiempo. Dr. Brown and Peralta discussed the critic and mentorship curriculum in the Fashion Design program, FIT’s Educational Opportunity Program, diversity at FIT, and the college’s affordability as part of the State University of New York system.
As part of the Fashion Design senior thesis, students work with industry professionals known as critics, and one critic is designated for each of nine classes. The critics provide the students guidance as they create their final garments and compete for a chance to be in the senior Future of Fashion runway show. Peralta’s critic was the ready-to-wear fashion designer Phillip Lim. For the second year in a row, four of the nine Critic Award winners are of Latino descent.