FIT in the News – June 15

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 June 5), WWD,,,, (all June 6), (June 7), and (June 9) reported that fashion designer Thom Browne will receive the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion. The award will be presented at the Couture Council’s annual luncheon benefitting The Museum at FIT (MFIT) on September 6 at Lincoln Center.

T (June 9), the magazine of The New York Times, spotlighted the work of recent FIT Fashion Design graduate Celin Diaz as one of their “6 Designers (Straight Out of Fashion School) to Know.” One of Diaz’s knitwear garments was in the 2017 The Future of Fashion runway show, which also continues to receive media coverage, most recently in The New York Amsterdam News (May 24). (June 8, 9, and 10) published a three-part series covering FIT’s Summer Institute, a four-day series of lectures, discussions, panels, and hands-on workshops focused on sustainability and technology in fashion and textiles. The program is designed for industry professionals as well as academics interested in broadening their understanding of sustainability and how to support its integration into the industry.

A press release announcing the launch of two FIT programs at SUNY Korea that was distributed via (June 2) has received over 360 pickups, including,, and

Star Magazine, OK!, (all June 9), and US Weekly (June 19) featured photos of LL COOL J, recipient of the President’s Award for Creative Excellence at this year’s commencement ceremony, while (June 6) featured a photo of an FIT student’s decorated graduation cap. The ceremony was held on May 25 at Arthur Ashe Stadium. (May 30) reported on the NFLxFIT Visual System Design Contest, a collaboration between the National Football League 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. (June 12) reported on the 20th annual FIT Next Generation Awards, hosted by the Accessories Council with sponsorship from Tura Inc. on May 10. Accessories Design students Alfeya Valrina and Christina Geslak were announced as the winners in the optical category. (May 30) reported that second-year Jewelry Design student Isabelle Meyers was named winner of the Scott Kay Design Contest. Meyers designed a ring, necklace, and earrings set that will be produced by Scott Kay, purveyor of bridal, wedding, and fashion jewelry. (June 2) announced that design student Den Ly received the Joseph C. Moore Footwear Scholarship, presented by The Fashion Footwear Association of New York. The scholarship, worth $17,500, will allow Ly to attend the Arsutoria School in Milan.

The Associated Press (May 31) turned to Steven Frumkin, dean, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, to comment on the struggles of hat company Kangol after the company shifted their manufacturing from China to the U.S. “It’s not going to be what it once was,” Frumkin said. “We’re never going to employ as many people because of efficiencies and equipment.” The article was picked up by dozens of outlets including,,,, and

Greg Fittinghoff, acting vice president for information technology and chief information officer, offered his top five tips for IT leadership on (May 10).

Ellen Lynch, professor, Accessories Design, commented to The Forward (May 26) for an article on the bejeweled handbags of designer Judith Leiber. (June 7), The New York Times (June 8), and The International New York Times (June 9) spoke with Vincent Quan, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, for an article on retailers’ “transparent pricing” model, where the production costs are clearly explained.

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, commented to AARP The Magazine (July issue) on the popularity of the salmon hue this season. “It’s less girly and infantile and more of a range of interesting pinks,” commented Steele. VICE (July issue) spoke with Steele about the history of the fishnet stocking.

Force of Nature, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on,, (all June 1), (Puerto Rico, June 9), and (June 10).

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