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.
NYC.gov, NYCEDC.com, WWD.com (all February 14), WWD (February 15), and Fibre2Fashion.com (February 16) reported that FIT will offer two courses in Brooklyn this summer as part of the city’s $136 million commitment to create a Made in New York–branded campus at Sunset Park’s Bush Terminal. The underutilized buildings will be transformed into a hub for garment manufacturing and film and television production. FIT will deliver the initiative’s educational component by offering courses at the hub. “FIT is extremely pleased to be an integral component of the mayor’s fashion hub in Brooklyn,” said President Joyce F. Brown. FIT’s program will launch this summer with two noncredit courses that will count toward a Creative Maker Certificate of Achievement in Ethical Design and Local Manufacturing Fundamentals. This certificate program is being offered through FIT’s Center for Continuing and Professional Studies. The courses will be held at the nearby Brooklyn Army Terminal until the buildout of Bush Terminal is complete.
WSJ.com (February 10) and The Wall Street Journal (February 11-12 edition) interviewed Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), for a cover story in the Off Duty section about the pink color trend and the history of using pink in fashion. Steele noted that in the 18th century the color “was elite and aristocratic but not at all effeminate. It was perfectly fine for a man to wear a pink silk suit.”
The Couture Council’s inaugural luncheon kicking off New York Fashion Week was covered by WWD.com (February 8), Daily Front Row (page 8), and Vogue.com (February 9). The luncheon featured a tête-à-tête with Edie Parker’s Brett Heyman and Chloe Malle.
InsideHigherEd.com (February 14) announced FIT’s new Master of Fine Arts degree program in Fashion Design.
The Village Voice (February 21) wrote about An Evening with the Central Park Five and Filmmaker Sarah Burns: Looking Back to Look Forward, held on February 15. A portion of the documentary The Central Park Five was screened, followed by a discussion with three members of the Central Park Five. The event was presented by Professor Bernard L. Dillard, in collaboration with the Presidential Scholars Program and the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs, and sponsored by the President’s Diversity Grant and the UCE of FIT.
News.Artnet.com (February 6) included a listing for “The Map Is Not the Territory: Globalism in the New York Art World,” a panel discussion hosted by the Art Market MA program.
InStoreMag.com (February 14) announced that FIT Jewelry Design student Isabelle Meyers was the winner of the Scott Kay/FIT jewelry design contest. Meyers designed a three-piece bridal jewelry set.
Vincent Quan, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, spoke with CNBC.com (February 11) about Le Tote, a subscription fashion rental site. “It allows you to have the look without making the initial investment,” Quan noted. CNBC.com (February 16) also spoke to Quan about the “see now, wear now” business model several Fashion Week designers have embraced.
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, commented to HollywoodReporter.com (February 12) about the New York Fashion Week show of Chinese designer Wang Tao. The article was picked up by Yahoo.com.
Patricia Mears, deputy director, MFIT, spoke with CountryLiving.com (February 14) for an article on the fashion style of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.
The Black Fashion Designers Symposium, held on February 6, received coverage by Agence France-Presse (AFP, original article not available online), with pickups on Lexpress.fr, France24.com, LePoint.fr (all France, February 7) and AlgeriaTimes.com (February 9). Additional coverage appeared on World.EinNews.com, UK.FashionNetwork.com, FashionUnited.ca (all February 9), and Lifestyle.IAfrica.com (February 10).