FIT in the News – March 10

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. (March 3) and (March 7) reported on Patagonia’s Worn Wear College Tour, which included an all-day stop at FIT on March 3, as part of the college’s Sustainability Awareness Week. Suzanne Sullivan McGillicuddy, assistant dean of students and co-chair of the FIT Sustainability Council, spoke about the success of the minor in Ethics and Sustainability, saying, “Last year, in its second year, it quadrupled in number of students.”

Adrian: Hollywood and Beyond, organized by second-year graduate students in the Fashion and Textiles program and on view at Gallery FIT through April 1, received advance coverage on (Russia, March 2) and (March 3, with a 12-image slideshow). Post-opening coverage includes (Spain) and (both March 7).

Queens Gazette (February 22) reported that President Joyce F. Brown met with Senator Toby Ann Stavisky in Albany. They discussed FIT students’ postgraduation success rate, among other topics.

Bay News and Graphic (both March 2) announced 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 starting 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. (March 4) picked up an obituary, originally published in The New York Times, for French fashion designer Emmanuelle Khanh, whose work is featured in Paris Refashioned, 1957–1968, currently on view at The Museum at FIT (MFIT). Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, commented in the article that “[Khanh] really was part of an international wave of women who moved into fashion and brought a street influence to the high, formal style dominated by men.” (March 2) reported that poet Ocean Vuong read from his work and signed copies of his book on March 7. This event was sponsored by the Department of English and Communication Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. (March 2) also reported on New Views 2017, the third annual large-scale faculty exhibition by FIT’s School of Art and Design, which closed on March 5. The exhibition featured the work of more than 70 faculty members across the school’s 17 disciplines and was on view in the John E. Reeves Great Hall.

L’Officiel 1000 Modeles (February issue, not available online) published six full pages of looks from the 2016 Future of Fashion runway show, which was held on May 5, 2016. (March 3), announced that the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York will present an all-day symposium titled “Native/American Fashion: Inspiration, Appropriation, and Cultural Identity” on April 22. The event, cosponsored by FIT, will feature conversations with FIT experts and others on a variety of topics related to Native fashion.

The Jewish Voice (February 10) picked up a New York Times article in which Celia Bergoffen, adjunct assistant professor, History of Art, spoke about the recent discovery of underground vaults in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, used in the 19th century for the manufacture of beer. Bergoffen, an archaeologist, was called in to work at the site.

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), commented to (March 3) for an article on designers incorporating dance elements into their runway shows. Steele also spoke with (March 7) about worldwide fashion weeks. “It’s globalization. These events help to build the brand of a place,” said Steele.

Patricia Mears, deputy director, MFIT, spoke with (March 2) for the article “Why Women Are Wearing Tuxedos Again.”

Paris Refashioned, 1957–1968, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on and (both March 3).

Black Fashion Designers, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on NYC Arts on WNET 13 TV (February 16, at the 19-minute mark), (all March 2), (March 4), (March 6), and in The New York Amsterdam News (March 1).


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