FIT in the News – March 9, 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. (February 5) and (February 6) both featured an interview with President ChoonHo Kim of SUNY Korea. FIT’s Fashion Design and Fashion Business Management programs leading to an AAS degree were launched at SUNY Korea last August.

Sneaker Essentials, an online education course created by FIT’s Accessories Design program and Complex Networks and offered through the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies, was reported by, (both March 2),, and (both March 6).

The Fashion and Physique Symposium, held on February 23 in conjunction with The Museum at FIT (MFIT) exhibition The Body: Fashion and Physique, received coverage on (February 28). (March 1) included MFIT, which is free, in their roundup of “NYC Museums to Visit for $12 or Less.”

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, helped to answer the question for (March 5) “Can We Wear the Corset Trend and Still Be Feminists?” Steele also commented to (March 1) about designer Thom Browne’s runway shows. “Your hair stood up on the back of your neck,” said Steele. “There are very few shows where you start to cry. A couple of McQueens, a couple of Rei Kawakubos. I can only compare it to hearing a soprano who’s really triumphing.”

Emma McClendon, associate curator of costume, MFIT, spoke with Yahoo News (March 1) for an article on the history of women wearing pants. (February 26) spoke with Elizabeth Way, assistant curator, MFIT, about dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley, the African American who designed clothes for first lady Mary Todd Lincoln.

Pockets to Purses: Fashion + Function, which opened at MFIT on March 6, received advance coverage on and (both March 6).

Norell: Dean of American Fashion, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on (March 1) and in Quest (March issue).

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