FIT in the News – June 26

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.

NY1 (June 13) ran a segment about two FIT courses taking place in Brooklyn this summer as part of the city’s $136 million commitment to create a Made in New York–branded hub at Sunset Park’s Bush Terminal. FIT is delivering the initiative’s educational component, with the courses being held at the Brooklyn Army Terminal until the build-out of Bush Terminal is complete. (May 19) ranked both FIT’s Fashion Design program and Fashion Business Management program at number one across the board: number one nationally (top 1 percent of schools considered), number one among public schools and colleges (top 2 percent of schools considered), number one on the East Coast, and number one in New York.

A press release distributed on PR Newswire (June 15) announced the findings of FIT’s Master of Professional Studies program in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management capstone, The Future of Brands, held on June 13, and sponsored by Shiseido Americas. The release received more than 300 pickups, including,,,, and dozens of CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox affiliate station websites. Additional coverage appeared on (June 14), (June 16), and (June 19). (June 14) 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. (June 14) featured a photo of LL COOL J, recipient of the President’s Award for Creative Excellence, at this year’s commencement ceremony. (Italy, June 14) reported on the CFDA Fashion Future Graduate Showcase, a partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Students from FIT, Parsons, Pratt, the Academy of Art University, and the Rhode Island School of Design exhibited their works at Center415, an event space located in Midtown Manhattan, and a select group have information about their design work and pursuits on the CFDA website. (June 14) reported that FIT has leased space at 236 West 27th Street. Pickups included,, and (June 19) reported on the FIT student team that won the 2016 Biodesign Challenge with their creation of an organic material made from alginate (algae) and chitosan (fungi), then extruded into “yarn” and knitted into “fabric.” FIT bested eight other leading U.S. colleges and universities. The contest challenges teams to create projects that envision future applications of biotechnology.

The New York Times did a Facebook Live video tour (June 1) of Force of Nature, currently on view at MFIT, that has received over 76,600 views. The tour was led by Melissa Marra-Alvarez. A Facebook video tour (June 13) has received over 4,600 views. The exhibition also received coverage on (June 19).

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