FIT in the News – October 13, 2017

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. (October 3) ranked FIT number two on their inaugural list of the “Top 10 Fashion Schools in the U.S. in 2017.” Fashionista has been ranking schools internationally since 2010, with their next rankings due next month. (October 5) ran an article and video about International Trade and Marketing students Kathleen Frey and Sonne Bajwa and their winning plan 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 was worn by influencer Olivia Perez on the red carpet at the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS event.

A press release sent out via PR Web (October 4) announced that Cricut, a company that makes technology products that allow users to create personalized projects, kicked off a contest with students from the Accessories Design and Home Products Development programs. The students will design and create original accessories collections for fashion and home décor using the Cricut Maker, Cricut’s newest smart cutting machine. Winners will receive scholarship prizes and the opportunity to have their collections featured in Cricut Design Space. The release received pickups on dozens of sites, including,,, and (October 3) reported that National Geographic has awarded FIT’s AlgiKnit project first place and $25,000 in the Sustainable Planet category of NatGeo’s Chasing Genius Challenge. A panel composed of a scientist, an agriculturalist, and other experts selected the project from among thousands of game-changing initiatives. The AlgiKnit group is developing a groundbreaking, sustainable textile composed, in part, of a seaweed called kelp, one of the world’s most rapidly renewing resources. AlgiKnit won the 2016 Biodesign Challenge for an earlier iteration of the idea. (October 4) posted a video that included a brief interview with Michael Ferraro, executive director, Infor/FIT Design and Tech Lab, shot at the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS event, held at the Plaza on September 8.

The New York Times (October 8) reported on the apartment hunting of Karen Trivette, head of Special Collections and the FIT Archive, Gladys Marcus Library, for the article “Upsizing to a Two-Bedroom.”

Virginia Bonofiglio, associate chair, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, commented to (October 5) for an article on the fragrance winners of the Shape 2017 Beauty Award. (October 8) and (October 10) listed the Fashion, Science, and Exploration Symposium, The Museum at FIT’s (MFIT) eighteenth academic symposium, which explores the impact of scientific thought on fashion in conjunction with two current MFIT exhibitions Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme and Force of Nature. (September 20) reported that Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, was a guest at the annual F4D (Fashion 4 Development) First Ladies Luncheon, held at the Pierre hotel and attended by the First Ladies of Turkey, Nigeria, Ecuador, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Malta, and Zimbabwe.

Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on (Germany, October 10). Additional pickups in Germany include,,, and

Black Fashion Designers, which closed at MFIT in May 2016, continues to receive coverage, most recently on (October 5).

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