FIT in the News – May 7, 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., (both April 30), and AM New York (May 2) reported that FIT has recommended to SUNY that the honorary degree awarded to entertainer Bill Cosby be revoked in light of his conviction for sexual assault. “Mr. Cosby’s criminal and inexcusable behavior proves him to be unworthy of this recognition,” President Joyce F. Brown noted in a statement released to the press. This is the first time in FIT’s history that an honorary degree has been rescinded. Pickups included,, and (all May 1). The SUNY Board of Directors then voted to revoke Cosby’s honorary degree.

GD Graphic Design USA (April issue) included FIT in their list of “2018 Top Design Schools.”

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 on (May 1). (April 26) and The New York Times (April 29) ran a photo essay and article about Artie Kopelman, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Science and Mathematics, and his work monitoring whales and dolphins in the Long Island waters. The photos were taken by FIT alumnus Joe Carrotta. (April 26) turned to Sara Petitt, assistant professor, Textile/Surface Design, and coordinator, Fabric Styling, for an article on how color affects your mood. The color orange, for example, “combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow,” Petitt said. The article received dozens of pickups, including,, and (all April 26). (April 25) included The Museum at FIT (MFIT) on a walking tour of New York City.

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, answered the question “Why Do New Yorkers Wear Black” for (May 1). “New York City is also a city of stone,” Steele said, in part, “and black looks good in this environment. It wouldn’t look the same in a sunny Los Angeles milieu.”

Fashion Unraveled, which opens at MFIT on May 25, received preopening coverage on (April 23).

Pockets to Purses: Fashion + Function, organized by graduate students in FIT’s Fashion and Textile Studies program, which closed at MFIT on March 31, received coverage on (April 26).

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