FIT in the News – May 11, 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. (May 1), The Associated Press,, New York Post’s,,,, (all May 3), The New York Daily News, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, The New York Times,, and WWD (all May 4) reported that, at the recommendation of FIT, the State University of New York rescinded the honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby in light of his conviction for sexual assault. This is the first time in FIT’s history that an honorary degree has been rescinded. The Associated Press article received hundreds of pickups, including,, and (all May 3), as well as dozens of affiliate stations of CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox.

The Future of Fashion, held on May 3, received media coverage before and after the runway show. Pre-event coverage included,,,,,, and New York magazine’s (all May 3). Post-event coverage included (May 3), (with a 92-image slide show), (with 77-image slide show), (with a 48-image slide show), (with a 77-image slide show), (with a 233-image slide show) (all May 4),,,, (May 5), WWD,, two articles on (one with a with a 15-image slide show), and (all May 7). (May 9) reported on the opening of FIT’s annual Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition. More than 800 students receiving AAS and BFA degrees from the School of Art and Design have their artwork displayed throughout the campus. (May 8) reported on the FIT/Infor Design and Tech Lab partnership with IBM and Tommy Hilfiger in which 15 students and three faculty members from three majors—Textile Development and Marketing, International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries, and Fashion Design—used IBM Research artificial intelligence to create innovative designs for Tommy Hilfiger. (May 4) covered the ARTSpeak lecture series event with the Guerrilla Girls, the internationally known feminist advocacy group. The event was held on May 2. (May 4) reported that Deborah Beard, associate chair, Technical Design, participated in a discussion on “how to tackle the apparel industry’s digital skills gap” and quoted her. (May 4) picked up a 2013 quote from Ellen Goldstein, professor, Accessories Design, about the “wild” hats worn to view the Kentucky Derby. “To go to a horse racing event was really a regal affair,” Goldstein said. “It was just as important as going to a cocktail party or a ball.” (May 8) spoke with Mark-Evan Blackman, assistant professor, Menswear, for an article about men’s shorts. (May 2) turned to Sandra Walcott, adjunct assistant professor, Accessories Design, for comment on the fascinator. “The fascinator is said to be ‘outlandish’ due to its large size, odd shape, and awkward placement at the front of the head,” said Walcott.

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), spoke with, The New York Times (both May 3), and The International New York Times (May 6) for an article about famed fashionistas selling off their collections. (May 4) spoke with Steele about the qipao, a traditional Chinese dress, for an article on controversies surrounding cultural appropriation. The New York Post and (both May 8) turned to Steele for historical context for an article on the fashions seen on the red carpet at the annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color, opening at MFIT in September, received pre-opening coverage on (May 3).

The Body: Fashion and Physique, which closed at MFIT on May 5, received coverage on (May 2).

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