FIT in the News – January 26

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. (December 17) ranked FIT number one in their list of “The Best Fashion Merchandising Schools in the U.S. 2018,” noting that “FIT has consistently amassed international acclaim and recognition for its programs in fashion, design, art, communications and business. Its rigorous curriculum is steeped in its commitment to research, experiential learning, adaptable academics and industry partnerships.” (December 5) ranked FIT fourth in its list of the 2017 “Top 100 Fashion Schools in the World.” The survey has been conducted annually since 2012.

The FIT/Infor Design and Tech Lab partnered with IBM and 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 since last week’s issue of FIT in the News includes (January 17), WWD,, (all January 18), (January 19), and (January 22). (January 22) held a roundtable discussion with 16 FIT Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design students to discover what is in store for the industry. The students discussed the next retail buzzword, the Generation Z demographic, favorite stores, and brand loyalty, among other topics.

The Chronicle of Higher Education (December issue) reported the appointment of Troy Richards as dean for the School of Art and Design. (January 15) picked up the New York Times article that 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 instructional archives, among other resources. (January 12) spoke with Stephan Kanlian, chair, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management, about beauty brands being sold on (January 18) turned to Shelley Kohan, assistant professor, Fashion Business Management, for comment on the 2017 holiday season for retailers. “From a consumer behavior perspective, the heavy and emotional impact of U.S. politics may have prompted shoppers to take a break from it all and enjoy family, shopping, and fun,” Kohan said.

Both (January 12) and (January 16) spoke with Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT, for articles on the gender history of the color pink. “If you go back to the 18th century, little boys and little girls of the upper classes both wore pink and blue and other colors uniformly,” Steele commented to CNN. Elle (February issue) turned to Steele for comment on designer Chitose Abe of Sacai. (January 18) picked up Steele’s comment for the article about actors’ intent to wear black to the Golden Globe Awards in protest of sexual harassment.

The Body: Fashion and Physique, currently on display at MFIT, received feature coverage on (January 17). Additional coverage appeared in IN New York (January issue) and on (January 20).

Norell: Dean of American Fashion, which opens at MFIT on February 9, received advance coverage on (January 19).

Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme, which closed at MFIT on January 6, received coverage on (China, January 11) and (January 17).

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