FIT in the News – January 9

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.

National Public Radio (NPR) (December 20) interviewed Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, for a segment on retailers’ holiday window displays. (December 19) reported that Kam Mak, assistant chair, Illustration, will have his artwork featured on a 2017 Lunar New Year stamp issued by the United States Postal Service. The stamp celebrates the Year of the Rooster.

Wendy Yothers, chair, Jewelry Design, spoke with (December 23) for an article on the resurgence of chokers. “As long as women like to show off their clavicles, chokers will keep coming back,” said Yothers.

Asta Skocir, associate professor, Fashion Design, spoke with (December 19) about ugly Christmas sweaters. The article was picked up by (December 19) announced the opening of the Doneger Group/Accessories Council Studio at FIT. Funds for the classroom, to be used by Accessories Design students, were raised by proceeds from the Accessories Council Hall of Fame, which honored Abbey Doneger, as well as the 2015 ACE Awards Tribute Edition Journal. The state-of-the-art classroom features MacBook Air laptops as well as moveable desks and chairs, which allow the classroom to be set up in different formats. (December 29) reported on the first annual Design for Disability Gala, which took place last May. The event was the culmination of a five-month competition with the Cerebral Palsy Foundation during which five Fashion Design students, selected from 35 entrants, created business wear for women with disabilities. The top prize was won by Grace Insogna.

Instore, The Magazine for American Jewelry (December issue) announced a contest for second semester FIT Jewelry Design students to create designs for a three-piece bridal suite of jewelry for Scott Kay using the brand’s original design codes. (December 22) reported that artwork created by William Low, associate professor, Illustration, is featured on a set of five holiday stamps released for 2016 by the United States Postal Service.

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), was profiled on (Spain, December 27), where she discussed her background studying fashion, 3D printing, and the three designers from history she would like to have met. Steele also was quoted by (December 29) in a profile on fashion editor Hamish Bowles. “The depth of Hamish’s research is nothing short of astounding,” commented Steele. (January 3) spoke with Steele for an article on the lack of women in the fashion industry. “While the vast majority of photographers, hairdressers, makeup artists, and designers in the industry are women, at the very top it’s mostly men,” said Steele.

Ariele Elia, assistant curator, Costumes and Textiles, MFIT, was quoted in articles on (both December 21), and (December 22) about the counterfeit goods industry. “If you look at the late ’80s and early ’90s, and hip-hop culture, you see everybody wearing logo-emblazoned garments, really drawing on the idea of aspirational dress,” said Elia. “That inspired and propelled the idea of counterfeit luxury goods.”

Black Fashion Designers, currently on display at MFIT, received coverage on (with a six-image slide show), (both December 15), (all December 22), (both December 27), (December 29), (December 30), and in Northwest Herald (December 10), Watertown Daily Times (December 12), and The Epoch Times (December 15). A feature story by The Associated Press (December 9) continues to be picked up by media outlets, including The Press of Atlantic CityGardner NewsChattanooga Free PressThe News-StarAugusta, and

Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffulhe received coverage on (December 23) and (December 30), and in Town & Village (December 1), Wag (December issue), and The New York Times (December 23).

Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968, which will open at MFIT in February, received advance coverage on (with an eight-image slide show, December 20), (Mexico) (all December 21), and in WWD (December 21).



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