FIT in the News – March 16

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 death of legendary fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy was noted by Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), in interviews given to,, the international edition of Voice of America (all March 12), The Los Angeles Times, AM New York, The Washington Post, and (all March 13). Pickups of The Washington Post article appeared in The Chicago Tribune and The Star Tribune. and (both March 13) mentioned an 1982 exhibition of the designer’s work held at MFIT.

The launch of 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 7), and (Canada, March 8). (March 8) published an opinion piece by Erica Moretti, assistant professor, Modern Languages and Cultures, titled “How to Help Syria’s Refugee Children.” (March 6) turned to Lauren Zodel, adjunct instructor, Fashion Design, for comment on female empowerment messaging in girls’ clothing. “Designers are relooking at the approach they take to designing boys’ vs. girls’ clothing,” said Zodel. “Given the female empowerment movement momentum, text in their collections can work too.” (March 8) sought context from Gerard Dellova, adjunct instructor, Fashion Design, for an article that asks “Has ‘Seasonal Inspiration’ Become Obsolete?”

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 (March 7).

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, penned an article on the history of the color pink for and Svenska Dagbladet (not available online) (Sweden, both March 3). (March 9) spoke with Steele about African-American designer Ann Lowe. (March 8) spoke with Patricia Mears, deputy director, MFIT, about the resurgence of clothing brand Tommy Hilfiger. Pickups include,,, and (all March 8).

Pockets to Purses: Fashion + Function, organized by graduate students in FIT’s Fashion and Textile Studies program and currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on, (both March 6), (March 7),, (both March 8), and in Metro New York (March 8) and WWD (March 9).

The Body: Fashion and Physique, currently on display at MFIT, received feature coverage in WAG (not available online, February issue) and on and (both March 9).

Norell: Dean of American Fashion, currently on display at MFIT, received feature-length coverage on (March 9) and in The New York Post (March 10).

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