FIT in the News – May 5

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.

In an article on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s commitment to bolstering the fashion industry in New York City, The Brooklyn Spectator (April 27) wrote about the city’s funding for the new academic building to be constructed on West 28th Street. (April 27),, and (both April 28) covered the NFLxFIT Visual System Design Contest, a collaboration between the National Football League (NFL) and FIT, in which students minoring in Creative Technology were challenged to reimagine visual representations of all 32 NFL teams’ identities, including artwork and graphics inspired by the teams’ existing logos and fan cultures. The systems will be offered for use on NFL merchandise.

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, continues to garner media clips, most recently in Gotham (May issue).

The Pet Product Design and Marketing program offered through the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies was included in Blade (April 23) in a sidebar article titled “Quirky Classes.”

Vincent Quan, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, spoke with (April 27) about how some companies are trying to apply the “fast-fashion” model to more upscale goods. Quan indicated that fast-fashion shoppers have already shown a willingness to spend more on the right product, noting, “Since the fast-fashion retailers have the customer buying at ‘X’ price, why not give them the opportunity to trade up?”

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), commented to (April 26), (May 1), and The New York Post (May 2) about Rei Kawakubo, the designer behind the cult label Comme des Garçons, the subject of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute exhibition.

Black Fashion Designers, currently on view at MFIT, received feature coverage on the CUNY-TV program Arts and the City (April 14).

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