FIT in the News – April 7, 2017

FIT’s annual gala, which was held on March 22 and honored Terry J. Lundgren—who stepped down the following day from his role as Macy’s CEO and president—continued to garner media clips this past week. Coverage was received on (March 29),, twice on (including a seven-image slide show) (all March 30), (April 2), and in Quest (March issue) and The New York Times’ Scene City (April 2).

George to the Rescue (April 1), an Emmy-winning NBC human interest/home renovation series that renovates homes of deserving families, featured Phyllis Harbinger, adjunct assistant professor, Interior Design, as lead designer for an episode in which a Yorktown Heights, NY, house was made accessible for a 3-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. Harbinger’s students also got involved, creating an art project for the girl’s bedroom. (March 31) announced that Essie Weingarten, founder of Essie Cosmetics, will speak and be awarded a SUNY honorary degree at FIT’s 2017 commencement ceremony, which will be held May 25 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens. (March 31) and (April 3) both announced that Kornit Digital will collaborate again with FIT for their fourth annual design challenge event. Students from the Textile/Surface Design program will create textile designs based on the theme of “Infinite Dimensionality.” (March 29) spoke with Shawn Grain Carter, associate director, Fashion Business Management, about the challenges of the potential purchase of Neiman Marcus by Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC). “Young people are not browsing six levels of department stores. If you don’t have an app where they can download and shop, you can forget it,” Carter said. (England, April 1) spoke with Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), about the return of the corset, this time as outerwear. (April 4) reported that Steele led a panel discussion on Chinese fashion at Kean University’s China in the World conference, which was held on March 29.

Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968, currently on view at MFIT, received feature coverage on (April 3). Additional coverage was received in The Epoch Times (March 30), Town & Village (March 31), and Magazine Antiques (April issue).



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