FIT in the News – December 15, 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.

A press release distributed on (December 6) announced that FIT and First Insight, a leading solutions provider, have partnered to offer a certification course centered on optimizing predictive analytics to inform design and merchandising decisions. The new course will be available to students beginning with the spring 2018 semester and aims to inform participants on how to mine data and apply analytics to improve strategies for product design, selection, and pricing. Pickups include (December 6), (December 7), and (December 11). Additional feature coverage appeared on (December 6)—which included quotes from Robin Sackin, chair, Fashion Business Management—and on (December 12). (December 7) announced the upcoming Polimoda All Stars, A Celebration of Our American Legacy, a special event to be held in Florence at the Villa Favard on December 14. The event is “Polimoda’s statement of cultural solidarity and long-established kinship towards Florence’s ever-growing international community of professional, expats, students and creatives.” (December 12) also published an interview with Danilo Venturi, director, Polimoda, in which he discusses his time at the institute, as well as upcoming projects. Polimoda is one of FIT’s three non-U.S. campuses. It was founded 30 years ago by FIT and designer Emilio Pucci. (November 26) reported on the appointment of Troy Richards as dean for the School of Art and Design., (both December 4),, (both December 7), and (December 9) 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.

Harper’s Bazaar (January 2018 issue) published a photo of the three winners of the Infor/FIT Fashion Design ICON Award, International Trade and Marketing students Kathleen Frey and Sonne Bajwa, and Fashion Design student Brandon Johnson.

Sara Petitt, coordinator, Fabric Styling, and assistant professor, Textile/Surface Design, spoke with (December 6) for an article on the color orange. “It combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow,” said Petitt. The article was distributed by CNN and picked up by dozens of outlets, including,,, and  (all December 6).

Mark-Evan Blackman, assistant professor, Menswear, spoke with (December 6) and The Washington Post (December 7) for an article on the death of the power suit. Pickups include (December 8), (December 9), The Pioneer Press (December 10), The Bucks County Courier Times, and Intelligencer (all December 11).

The Body: Fashion and Physique, currently on display at MFIT, received feature coverage on (with a nine-image slide show, December 6) and (December 8). Additional coverage appeared on WWD (December 7), (Brazil), (both December 8), and (December 10).

Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage in The New York Times (December 10) as part of an article examining “space age” influences in fashion. The article was picked up by (December 10) and The Lexington Herald-Leader (December 11).

Norell: Dean of American Fashion, opening at MFIT in February, received advance coverage on (with a 10-image slide show) and (both December 11).

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