FIT in the News – June 14, 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.

A press release distributed via PR Newswire (May 23) announced that seven business programs in the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology have been awarded accreditation by the Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Of the higher education institutions in the United States with business programs, less than 50 percent are accredited, according to ACBSP. The programs in the Baker School of Business and Technology receiving accreditation are Advertising and Marketing Communications, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, Fashion Business Management, Home Products Development, International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries, and Textile Development and Marketing. The release received nearly 250 pickups, including,,, and dozens of network affiliate stations of CBS, Fox, NBC and ABC. Additional coverage appeared on (May 23). (two articles), WWD, (all May 24),,, WWD (all May 25),, (Italy) (both May 25), (May 26), (Mexico), (Germany), (Spain) (all May 28), (Spain), and (Italy) (both May 29) reported that Luciano Benetton was the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree presented at FIT’s commencement ceremonies held at Radio City Music Hall on May 24. and (both June 1) announced that President Joyce F. Brown will present a 2018 Elly Award to Deirdre Quinn, co-founder of Lafayette 148. The annual Elly Awards Luncheon benefits the Education Fund of the Women’s Forum. Quinn was appointed to FIT’s Board of Trustees in 2010.

WWD (May 23) and (Germany, May 24) reported that fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez will receive the 2018 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion. The award will be presented at the Couture Council’s annual luncheon benefitting The Museum at FIT (MFIT) on September 5 at Lincoln Center. (May 28) announced that FIT and the FIT Foundation will honor Ivan Bart, president of IMG Models and head of IMG’s global fashion event business, Lens, and Made to Measure; Jane Hertzmark Hudis, group president of the Estée Lauder Companies Inc.; and J. Michael Stanley, managing director at Rosenthal & Rosenthal, at FIT’s Annual Awards Gala. The event will be held on June 14 at Cipriani on 42nd Street. (Italy, with a 15-photo slide show) (May 29) showcased sportswear and knitwear designs created by nine BFA students studying abroad as part of FIT’s Fashion Design program in Milan. The runway show took place at Campus Durando of Politecnico di Milano. (May 29) and WWD (May 30) announced that, in September, the newly renovated exhibition space in the expanded lobby of the John P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center will host an exhibition from the U.K.-based Commonwealth Fashion Exchange. (May 31) reported on the third annual Design for Disability project with the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, during which Anna Sui mentored five Fashion Design students from FIT, Parsons, and Pratt, who created outfits specifically designed for women and men with disabilities. The designs were worn by models with disabilities for a runway show at the foundation’s annual gala.

In articles examining why the fashion industry is dominated by men, despite that the majority of clothing is designed for women, (May 23) and Glamour (July issue) reported that 85 percent of students enrolled at FIT in 2016 were female. Pickups include (May 23), (May 25), and (United Kingdom) (May 29).

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 25). (May 24) turned to Ellen Lynch, professor, Accessories Design, for historical context on wearing white. “You wore white to show off how wealthy you were. When September would come around, the wealthy would return to their homes and stop wearing white until Memorial Day,” said Lynch. (May 25) spoke with Sarah Byrd, adjunct instructor, School of Graduate Studies, on 19th and early 20th century “glass dresses.” Byrd also spoke with (June 4) for an article about pockets.

Emma McClendon, associate curator of costume, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), spoke with (June 4) for an article on coed fashions.

Fashion Unraveled, which opened at MFIT on May 25, received coverage on, (May 29), (May 30), and (June 4).

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color, which opens at MFIT in September, received pre-opening coverage on (France) (May 30).

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