FIT in the News – March 17

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. (both March 13), and WWD (March 14) announced that FIT will take part in the Fashion Future Graduate Showcase, a Made in NY fashion exhibition of up to 100 top fashion graduates from leading design colleges, as well as two additional design institutions. The goal is to provide exposure, create networking opportunities, and engage and educate rising talent through curated panels, roundtable conversations, workshops, and mentorship opportunities. “FIT is extremely pleased to participate in this outstanding opportunity created by the NYCEDC and the CFDA,” said President Joyce F. Brown. The initiative is a partnership of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, and Academy of Art University will also take part. (March 13) and (March 14) reported on the announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo of statewide support for the Excelsior Scholarship Program from the college and university presidents throughout SUNY and CUNY. The Excelsior Scholarship would make New York State public college tuition-free for students of families making up to $125,000 per year. Approximately 80 percent, or more than 940,000 New York families with college-aged children, would qualify. “Governor Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship provides a transformative vision for students throughout New York by recognizing the critical value of higher education and delivering unprecedented access and career pathways to students,” said President Joyce F. Brown. “By enhancing the possibilities for degree completion, this program will be a major contributing force to greater economic success for generations to come.”

The Jewish Voice (February 24) reported about the city’s funding for the new academic building to be constructed on 28th Street in an article on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s commitment to bolstering the fashion industry in New York City.

In a press release distributed via PRNewswire (March 10), FIT was listed as a participant in Kick Butts Day, a national event held on March 15 to encourage a tobacco-free lifestyle. (March 8) reported that beginning on March 8, in conjunction with National Women’s Day, FIT is hosting one of many nationwide Wikipedia edit-a-thons, where students create and expand Wikipedia entries for women in the arts and feminist cultural institutions. (March 14) listed the Fashion Culture event “Tracey Reese in Conversation,” held on March 15. Feature coverage appeared on (March 16), quoting extensively from the event.

HGTV Magazine (April issue) quoted Ingrid Johnson, professor, Textile Development and Marketing, throughout a poll and article on laundry habits, such as separating whites and colors, and using dryer sheets.

The International New York Times and (both March 8) picked up the story about worldwide fashion weeks, in which Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), was quoted. “It’s globalization. These events help to build the brand of a place,” said Steele. (March 8) picked up the Wall Street Journal article 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.” (March 14) listed MFIT as a “thing to do during your NYC honeymoon.” (March 14) listed MFIT as one of their “hidden treasures of NYC.”

Adrian: Hollywood and Beyond, organized by second-year graduate students in the Fashion and Textile Studies program and on view at Gallery FIT through April 1, received feature coverage on and (both March 10).

Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on (March 8), (both March 10), and in Town & Village (March 2).

Black Fashion Designers, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on (March 14).


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