FIT in the News – August 3

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. (including a 26-image slide show), The New York Post’s (both July 25), and (July 26) reported on a fundraising dinner held at the home of Joan Hornig, FIT trustee. Works by students in Toy Design, Jewelry Design, Accessories Design, and Interior Design were on display at the dinner. (July 27) talked with Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, for an article on the growing trend of mass customization in fashion and retail. (July 25) announced that FIT has partnered with Archroma, a Swiss resource for color and specialty chemicals, for the new Archroma Color Center located on campus. Students in the Textile Development and Marketing program will have access to color management tools for their design projects, while getting more hands-on experience that helps to prepare them for careers in the fashion and textiles industries. The center features a flip-through display that re-creates the 4,320 hues of Archroma’s color management system, Color Atlas, on one wall. Students also have access to a complete six-volume library that includes detachable fabric swatches.

BIR Beauty Industry Report (June issue) announced the findings of FIT’s Master of Professional Studies program in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management capstone presentation The Future of Brands, held on June 13, and sponsored by Shiseido Americas. (June 9) reported that fashion designer Thom Browne will receive the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion. The award will be presented on September 6 at the Couture Council’s annual luncheon benefitting MFIT.

Sarah Mullins, chair, Accessories Design, offered advice to students on launching their own footwear brand to (July 20). “We tell students to explore all of the positions that are related to footwear design,” Mullins said. “Students sometimes think there is only one position—a designer—but there are actually other areas related to design that could excite them and be a strong fit.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (July 31) turned to Mary Wilson, assistant chair, Fashion Design–Art, for comment on gender-fluid fashion. “I don’t think it’s a fad, I think it’s cultural,” said Wilson. (July 20) spoke with Susanne Goetz, assistant professor, Textile/Surface Design, about the textile industry in India.

A talk given by Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), at the Hamptons Parrish Art Museum received coverage on (July 18),, (both July 19), (July 20), (July 22). Steele, also spoke with (July 27) and The Washington Post (July 30) about the legacy of the late jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane. (July 28) included MFIT in their list of “the world’s best museums you can visit for free.” (July 18) included MFIT in their roundup of “the best free museums in NYC.”

Force of Nature, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage in IN New York and Notions (both July issues).





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