FIT in the News – March 31

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.

FIT’s annual gala, held on March 22, honored Terry J. Lundgren – who stepped down the following day from his role as Macy’s CEO and president – and raised $4.5 million, which will be split evenly between FIT and the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona. Ryan Seacrest hosted the event, and Ralph Lauren and Anna Wintour were presenters. Coverage was received on (with a 20-image slideshow), (with an eight-image slideshow),, (Page Six),,, (with 13 images), (with a 46-image slideshow) (all March 23), two photos on, The New York Post (Page Six) (both March 24), (May 26),, The New York Post and (both on Page Six) (all March 27), and (March 30). (March 27) announced that rapper, actor, and author LL Cool J will receive the President’s Award for Creative Excellence at FIT’s spring 2017 Commencement ceremony, to be held May 25 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. Essie Weingarten, founder of Essie Cosmetics, will also speak and be awarded a State University of New York honorary degree.

Lori Massaro, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, was quoted by (March 28) for a piece on certain retailers’ “transparent pricing” model, where the production costs are clearly explained. “It’s an awesome business plan with a really savvy marketing tool,” said Massaro.  “They make it very easy for the consumer to understand.” (March 24) published highlights from an informal conversation that Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), had with fashion designer Jason Wu. The occasion was a special event at Wu’s showroom, cosponsored by Garde Robe, a luxury museum-quality garment storage and management service, which members of the Couture Council attended.

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 (March 24) and The New York Post (March 25). Additional coverage appeared on (March 23).

Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on (March 26).

Black Fashion Designers, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage in The Tallahassee Democrat (March 20).

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