FIT in the News – December 4, 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. (November 16) and WWD (November 17) covered The Business of Curves: Fashion’s Future, the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology Dean’s Forum, which highlighted the extraordinary growth of the plus-size fashion marketplace. Featuring industry pioneers and visionaries Emme, Fern Mallis, Catherine Schuller, and Susan Moses, this event was yet another example of how FIT continues to address diversity and promote inclusivity. (November 20) reported on the appointment of Troy Richards as dean for the School of Art and Design. (November 16) spotlighted the Integrated Service Learning Project (ISLP), run by Carmita Sanchez-Fong, professor and chair, Interior Design, and their renovation of the dining room and event space at St. Paul’s House in Hell’s Kitchen, which has been feeding the city’s homeless population since 1945. The space was designed by Interior Design students and built out with donated materials. ISLP began in 2013 by redesigning spaces in homes devastated by Hurricane Sandy. (November 16) reported on FIT’s AlgiKnit project. AlgiKnit is a groundbreaking, sustainable textile composed, in part, of a seaweed called kelp, one of the world’s most rapidly renewing resources. Additional coverage appeared on (Germany, November 27). (November 15) announced that the 2018 Femmy Awards will take place in February, which will feature garments designed by FIT Fashion Design students specializing in intimate apparel participating in the 15th Annual Underfashion Club Student Design Contest. (November 1) reported on the New York Textiles Summit held at FIT on October 31. The summit sought ways to tackle the issue of waste within the textile industry.

Lauren Zodel, assistant professor, Fashion Design, spoke with (November 16) about gender-based food messaging and how it applies to clothing. “In American society, food is so much more acceptable for girls to wear than for boys,” Zodel says. “You could take any single food that is out there, put some glitter on some portion of it, and it becomes an easy girl graphic tee. But for a boy, if you put a candy with a cellophane wrapper on a shirt, you’re not going to sell that.” The article was picked up by (November 20).

Tony Capparelli, adjunct assistant professor, Illustration, was featured on the MY9 program Chasing News (link unavailable, November 22). The show visited Capparelli in his studio and included footage of his ChalkFIT mural of NHL player Brian Boyle of the New Jersey Devils. (November 25) turned to Kenneth King, adjunct instructor, Fashion Design, to discuss the popularity of faux fur. “Having something that looks like your mother’s mink is not what we want now,” said King.

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), answered the question: “Why Is Fashion So Ugly,” for (England, November 14). Steele shared the top 10 “Fashion Trends [That] Will Keep You Looking Stylish This Winter,” with (November 20). (October 17) turned to Steele to discuss the topic of fashion curation.

Photos from the opening reception for Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme, currently on display at MFIT, were published in Quest (November issue). Additional feature coverage appeared on (November 20).

Force of Nature, which closed on November 18, received coverage in Town & Village (November 16).

The Body: Fashion and Physique, which opens at MFIT on December 5, received advance coverage on (November 22).

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color, which opens at MFIT in September 2018, received advance coverage in InStyle (December issue).

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