FIT in the News – March 24

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.

President Joyce F. Brown was profiled on Black America (March 22), the CUNY TV program “that explores what it means to be black in America.” During the 30-minute program, Dr. Brown speaks about her stewardship of FIT during her 19 years at its helm, plans for the future of the institution, diversity through the lens of The Museum at FIT’s Black Fashion Designers exhibition, FIT’s commitment to innovation and sustainability, and reflections on her personal life and experiences growing up in New York, among other topics. The show will air in the New York City region on Saturday, March 25, at 10:30 am and 6 pm; Sunday, March 26, at 11:45 pm; and Tuesday, March 28, at 11:30 pm. Check your cable directory for the station in your area. (March 17) announced that FIT will take part in the Fashion Future Graduate Showcase, a Made in New York fashion exhibition of approximately 100 top fashion graduates from leading design colleges. The goal is to provide exposure, create networking opportunities, and engage and educate rising talent through curated panels, roundtable conversations, workshops, and mentorship opportunities. The initiative is a partnership of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). “FIT is extremely pleased to participate in this outstanding opportunity created by the NYCEDC and the CFDA,” said President Joyce F. Brown. Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, and Academy of Art University will also take part.

Textile Insight (April issue) 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.

Villager (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 15) and The New York Times (March 16) profiled Julia Jacquette, assistant professor, Fine Arts, in conjunction with the publication of her book Playground of My Mind. (March 21) turned to Mark-Evan Blackman, assistant professor, Menswear, for advice on “the best underwear for your body type.” (March 20) spoke with Shannon Maher, assistant professor and acting associate chair, Home Products Development, about how to care for a duvet. (March 16) reported that Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, will lead a panel discussion on Chinese fashion at Kean University’s China in the World conference on March 29. Steele was interviewed by (March 20) as one of their Fearless Fashion Females, a special Women’s History Month series, where she discussed women’s roles in society and her own future goals. An article on the return of the corset in (March 20) featured extensive quotes from Steele’s 2001 book The Corset: A Cultural History, the companion book to The Corset: Fashioning the Body, the MFIT exhibition held in 2000.

MFIT was included in a list of “40 Free Things to Do in New York” by (Belgium, March 15).

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 coverage on (March 16) and (March 20).

Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968, currently on view at MFIT, received feature coverage on (March 17), which includes an interview with Colleen Hill, curator of Costume and Accessories. Additional coverage appeared on (March 17).

Black Fashion Designers, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on (March 19) and in Palm Springs Life (March issue).



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