FIT in the News – January 23, 2018

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.

The FIT/Infor Design and Tech Lab partnered with IBM andand Tommy Hilfiger on a project in which 15 students and three faculty mentors from three majors—Textile Development and Marketing, International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries, and Fashion Design—used IBM Research Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create innovative designs for Tommy Hilfiger. Coverage included the IBM Think Blog,,,, (all January 14), IBM’s YouTube Channel, (Spain), (Latin America),,, (Australia) (all January 15),, (United Kingdom), (Russia), and (Australia) (all January 16), and (January 17). (January 17) ran a half-hour podcast with an accompanying article. The article was picked up by and (both January 15). IBM hosted an Instagram Live from the FIT/Infor Design and Tech Lab on January 18. (December 20) and (December 28) spoke with President Joyce F. Brown, who discussed the launch of FIT’s third international campus, FIT at SUNY Korea in Songdo. The FIT academic programs now being offered in South Korea are Fashion Business Management and Fashion Design, both leading to the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. Pickups include (December 20) and (December 21). (January 3), The New York Times (January 4), and The International New York Times (January 7) delved into the newly renovated Special Collections and College Archives, located in the college’s Gladys Marcus Library. The facilities house and protect approximately 6,000 linear feet of rare and fragile fashion, retail, and related materials. These include original works of art on paper, manuscript collections dating back to the 1590s, periodicals from the 1770s, scrapbooks, shoe prototypes dating to the 1960s, and 240 linear feet of institutional archives, among other resources.,, (all January 4),, (both January 5), and (January 8) reported that FIT has named six new directors to the FIT Foundation.

A press release distributed by PR Newswire (December 21) announced the winners of Re-Imagine Goodwill, a contest sponsored by Goodwill NYNJ. A team of four students were named the winners for conceiving, designing, and presenting the best e-commerce options for a virtual Goodwill store. The students received $10,000 in exchange for the right to implement their design. Pickups include,, (all December 21), and dozens of NBC, CBS, and ABC affiliate stations.

Independent (December 13), in a wrap-up of 2017 events, mentioned the Hamptons dinner in honor of FIT held at the home of Joan Hornig, FIT Trustee, in July. Works by students majoring in Toy Design, Jewelry Design, Accessories Design, and Interior Design were on display. (January 5) spoke with Mark-Evan Blackman, assistant professor, Menswear, about clothing designed for men of shorter stature. “It’s a market that is still under-valued,” Blackman said. “The challenge in that particular market, in any market, is coming up with good design.”

Home & Textiles Today (December issue) mentioned a presentation given by Min Zhu, assistant professor, Textile Development and Marketing, on phase change materials and their use in home textiles.

Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, spoke with (January 3) for an article on “fast fashion.” (December 18), (January 5), and (January 7) all spoke with Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), about actresses’ intention to wear black to the Golden Globe Awards in protest of sexual harassment. “These types of gestures can be effective, but they need to be in sync with an actual movement as opposed to a trend,” Steele said. Pickups include (January 9). State,, The Fresno Bee (all December 18). T Magazine Singapore (December 19) picked up The New York Times article in which Steele spoke about the staying power of high heels. The Wall Street Journal (January 7) turned to Steele for comment on the color red and its resurgence in fashion.

Patricia Mears, deputy director, MFIT, spoke with WWD (December 22) about “fashion’s nostalgia addiction.” “I think anything from the 19th century continues to be so important, so many of our modern concepts date back to that time period,” Mears said.

The Body: Fashion and Physique, currently on display at MFIT, received feature coverage on (December 22) and (Argentina, January 6). The exhibition was also included in an e-blast from The Center for the Future of Museums (not available online, January 4).

Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme, which closed at MFIT on January 6, received feature coverage on (December 18), (December 28), (Brazil, January 3), (France), (Arabia) (both January 4), and (Germany, January 6).

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