FIT in the News – December 8, 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.

W27 (not available online, November issue) and (November 30), the student newspaper of FIT, conducted a sit-down interview with Dr. Joyce F. Brown in which she discussed her nearly 20 years as president of FIT, her goals, her personal style, and which FIT major she would pursue.,,, (all November 29), WWD,, (all November 30), (December 6), and (December 1, picked up by, which called it the “best NFL merch in ages,” reported on the product launch of new NFL merchandise created with the visual systems designed by the FIT student team that won the NFLxFIT Visual System Design Contest. This contest challenged students minoring in Creative Technology to reimagine unified visual representations of all 32 NFL teams’ identities. Products, which include apparel, blankets, and mugs, among other items, are available on

The Today Show (November 29) aired a feature in which graduate students from FIT’s MFA program in Fashion Design program transformed four children battling cancer into superheroes. The children, who are being treated at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, had custom-made costumes designed and created by five students. The children were then photographed individually and as a group in their costumes, with the background of the group portrait created by FIT Art and Design faculty.

Harlem Community News (November 23),, (both November 28), New York News 1 and (both December 4) reported on Harlem Holiday Windows. Created and installed by Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design students, the windows of seven businesses, spanning the corridor of Lenox Avenue between 117th Street and 125th Street , feature themes that depict Three Kings Day, Christmas, Hanukkah, Loiza, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, and Harlem Week. The windows will be on display through January 2.,,, and (all November 30) announced that FIT has partnered with Archroma, a Swiss resource for color and specialty chemicals, to create the new Archroma Color Center located on campus. Students in the Textile Development and Marketing program have access to color management tools for their design projects, while getting more hands-on experience to prepare them for careers in the fashion and textile industries. Pickups include (November 30),, (December 4),, and (Brazil, all December 4). (December 5) 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 in Hell’s Kitchen, which has been feeding the city’s homeless population since 1945. The project was featured as part of SUNY’s 30 Days of Giving, which highlights the charitable work being done by SUNY students, faculty, and staff.

Footwear News (November 20), in an article on how schools prepare their students to enter the fashion industry, reported on the value of FIT’s internship program. “Internships are an integral component of an FIT education. In fact, many students have more than one internship during their time here,” said an FIT spokesperson.

Newsday (November 27) turned to Kenneth King, adjunct instructor, Fashion Design, to discuss the popularity of faux fur.

The New York Times, The International New York Times, and (all December 1) asked Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT) to comment on the Sotheby’s auction of jewelry and other items created for the late designer Alexander McQueen’s runway shows.

Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on (December 4). The opening reception for the exhibition was featured in Manhattan Modern Luxury Magazine (November issue).

The Body: Fashion and Physique, which opened at MFIT on December 5, received advance coverage on AM New York (December 4). Post-opening coverage includes (with a 10-image slide show, December 5),, and (both December 6).

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