FIT in the News – September 8

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.

A press release distributed on PR Web (August 23) announced that FIT, in partnership with Allure and online education provider Qubed Education, has launched Beauty Industry Essentials, the first-ever online noncredit certificate program to deliver an in-depth introduction to the diverse array of careers in the $265 billion global beauty industry. The release has received more than 17 pickups to date, including and CBS, Fox, NBC, and ABC affiliate stations. Additional coverage was received on (August 23), (August 28), and (August 29). (August 28) wrote about this year’s Couture Council luncheon, at which Thom Browne will receive the Award for Artistry of Fashion. The piece included a nine-image slide show. What2WearWhere (clip not yet available) also wrote about this year’s luncheon, as well as previous years’, on (September 5), including many photographs. Martha Stewart marked the event on her September calendar in Martha Stewart Living (September issue). Modern Luxury Manhattan (September issue) mentions the luncheon in their “Letter from the Publisher.” (July 27) covered a dinner celebrating FIT held at the Hamptons home of FIT trustee Joan Horning. Works by students in Toy Design, Jewelry Design, Accessories Design, and Interior Design were on display at the dinner. (September 1) ran an article and video about International Trade and Marketing students Kathleen Frey and Sonne Bajwa and their winning plan, titled Red Carpet Everyday, to take Fashion Design student Brandon Johnson’s red carpet design to the retail market. The three students are the winners of the Infor/FIT Fashion Designs ICON Award. Johnson’s design, inspired by a string of pearls and matching earrings that belonged to his mother, will be worn by influencer Olivia Perez on the red carpet at the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS event, held at the Plaza on September 8. (August 31) reported on the Interior Design program’s Integrated Service-Learning Project (ISLP) and its newly completed renovation of the basement of St. Paul’s House, a Catholic charity, which is used as a dining area to feed the homeless. Started in 2012, ISLP designs and helps renovate—at no cost to the organization—spaces that benefit those in need. (August 23) included the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies class Beginner’s Fashion Drawing Studio as one of its “Nine Classes in NYC That Could Help You Get a Promotion.”

Jeffrey Silberman, chair, Textile Development and Marketing, contributed the article “Enhancing Demand for Hemp” to Industrial Hemp (September issue, not available online).

Modern Magazine (October issue) spotlighted a five-piece silver beverage service set, created by Wendy Yothers, chair, Jewelry Design, for New York Silver: Then and Now, an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York.

Mary Wilson, assistant chair, Fashion Design-Art, commented to the Buffalo News (August 27) on the “blurring of the lines” between men’s and women’s clothing. “I don’t think it’s a fad, I think it’s cultural,” said Wilson. (August 29) and The Wall Street Journal (August 30) turned to Mark-Evan Blackman, assistant professor, Menswear, for comment in the article “How Tacos Became a Fashion Trend.” Pickups included the Dow Jones Newswire (August 30).  Blackman also spoke to (August 30) and The Wall Street Journal (September 3) for an article about the return of 1970s-inspired men’s fashion.  Pickups include and (both August 31).

The Epoch Times (August 10) quoted Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, in an article on the difficulties facing luxury brands in their attempts to appeal to millennials. “More American consumers [would rather] spend their income on a wonderful experience instead of buying a new pair of shoes,” said Carter.

Sean Cormier, associate professor, Textile Development and Marketing, answers the question “I shrank my favorite sweater! Can it be saved?” for Martha Stewart Living (September issue). Pickups include the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (September 2).

Elena Romero, adjunct assistant professor, Advertising and Marketing Communications, commented to the Philadelphia Daily News and (both August 30) on the entertainer Cardi B. “She’s a businesswoman at her core,” said Romero. “She’s smart enough to know what her flaws are, where she needs to improve, and she’s connecting and aligning herself with the right team to make it happen. You can’t hate on that.”

A talk given by Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, at the Hamptons Parrish Art Museum received coverage in The Sag Harbor Express (July 20). Steele spoke with The New York Times’s T Magazine online (August 17) and in print (August 20) about Jun Takahashi, the Japanese fashion designer, whose designs were featured in MFIT’s 2010 exhibition, Japan Fashion (August 21) turned to Steele for comment on how fishnet stockings became a “street style staple.” (September 3) profiled Ariele Elia, industry/project coordinator, MFA Fashion Design program, and former curator, MFIT. Elia discussed her career path, upcoming exhibitions at MFIT, and the pros and cons of her job. (August 20) included MFIT in “The Top 10 List of Things to Do Near Central Park.”

Force of Nature, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage in #Legend (Hong Kong, June issue, not available online), Town & Village (August 3), and (August 23).

Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme, which opens at MFIT on September 15, received pre-opening coverage on (August 31) and (September 4).