FIT in the News – November 3

FIT in the News – November 3, 2016

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. (October 31) listed six new appointments at FIT: Joanne Arbuckle, deputy to the president for Industry Partnerships and Collaborative Programs; Kelly Brennan, vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Success; Daniel Gerger, executive director, Center for Continuing and Professional Studies; Patrick Knisley, dean, School of Liberal Arts; Ronald Milon, chief diversity officer; and Shari Prussin, vice president for Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness.

Brenda Cowan, associate professor, Exhibition Design, was quoted in O, The Oprah Magazine (November issue) and (October 11) for an article about the healing power of nostalgia.

An article about Meredith Koop, Michelle Obama’s personal stylist, on Harper’s Bazaar (November issue) noted that the first lady wore a dress designed by Natalya Koval, who at the time was a Fashion Design student at FIT, for the daylong Fashion Education Workshop that Mrs. Obama hosted at the White House in 2014. The article states that “Mrs. Obama appeared in a dress designed by Fashion Institute of Technology student Natalya Koval, who was also in attendance. ‘When [the first lady] wears an up-and-coming designer, it creates this feeling that anything is possible,’ Koop explains.”

Natasha Degen, associate chair, Art Market, spoke with (London, October 6) about the effect of Brexit on the art market. Degen also spoke with (October 27) and The New York Times (October 30) about international art galleries that are opening spaces in New York. (October 29) announced that the Chelsea Film Festival will continue again next year thanks to an ongoing partnership with FIT. Film screenings took place this year at the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre and the David Dubinsky Student Center. (October 28) announced that Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), will be participating in the 18th Annual Fashion + Design Conference “Pioneers,” being held at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Steele also was quoted on (October 31) about the legacy of fashion designer James Galanos, who died recently. (October 31) spoke with Steele for an article on the history of the sexy Halloween costume. The LifeWear Book (Fall-Winter 2016-2017, not available online), the catalog of clothing retailer Uniqlo, features an article penned by Steele, in which she muses about the evolution of fashion.

An article on the late designer James Galanos in WWD (October 31) included anecdotes about the designer doing a walk-through of the MFIT collection to view items that had been owned by the actress Rosalind Russell, and about a 2008 event showcasing 18 of his designs. The article was picked up by (November 1).

Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffulhe, currently on display at MFIT, received coverage in Vogue (November issue, not available online) and on (October 28).

Black Fashion Designers, which opens at MFIT on December 6, received advance coverage in Vogue (November issue, not available online) and on (October 28), (France), (both October 30), (Germany), (South Africa) (all October 31), (Russia), and (Belgium) (both November 1).


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