FIT in the News – December 2

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.

An article on (November 27) and in The Wall Street Journal (November 28) featured the new Fashion Business Management interdisciplinary course Predictive Analytics for Planning and Forecasting: Case Studies with Weatherization. Calling FIT “one of the largest and best-known fashion schools,” this was the lead article in the paper’s Life & Arts section. Pickups included (both November 28), (England, November 29), and (England, December 2).

Oprah: Where Are They Now? (November 26), on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, spotlighted former supermodel Veronica Webb, who took the program to the collections at The Museum at FIT (MFIT). Webb spoke with curator Elizabeth Way and showed garments she donated, including an ensemble that will be in Black Fashion Designers, opening at MFIT on December 6.

The Chronicle of Higher Education announced new appointments at FIT, including Patrick Knisley, dean, School of Liberal Arts (August 5); Shari Prussin, vice president, Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness; Kelly Brennan, vice president, Enrollment Management and Student Success (both November 11); Joanne Arbuckle, deputy to the president for Industry Partnerships and Collaborative Programs; Daniel Gerger, executive director of the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies; Ronald Milon, chief diversity officer (November 13).

NY1 News (November 30) interviewed Craig Berger, chair and assistant professor, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design, for a report on Harlem Holiday Windows, created and installed by 15 Visual and Presentation Design BFA students. The windows of eight businesses, spanning the corridor of Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 114th and 122nd streets, currently feature themes that commemorate the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and ’30s. (November 25) reported that FIT students in the Technical Design program designed clothing for people with disabilities as part of Open Style, a partnership with the manufacturer Woolmark. The ten-week program was held at MIT International Design Center in Boston. The collaboration promotes universal and inclusive design, creating new products custom-made for a specific client’s needs, and making style accessible to people of all abilities.

George Simonton, assistant professor, Fashion Design, offered advice for an article titled “How to Break into the World of Fashion” that ran in Metro (both November 22), and Metro New York (November 28). (November 24) reported that Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, will give the keynote speech at The End of Fashion Conference, being held in Wellington, New Zealand.

Elizabeth Way, curatorial assistant, MFIT, was interviewed for a (November 22) story about the wearing of safety pins to signify that you are an ally of minority groups that feel threatened by the recent presidential election results. “It might not be appropriate or it might not be in your nature to speak about things, but you can put that message on your body without having to say a word,” said Way. (November 21) included MFIT in their list of “The Best NYC Museums for Fashion Lovers.” MFIT was also included on (Brazil, November 27) as one of “10 Things to Do in New York.”

Black Fashion Designers, which opens at MFIT on December 6, received advance feature coverage on, and (all November 22). (November 28) picked up the article. Additional coverage was received on and (November 22).


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