FIT in the News – June 28, 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.

The death of designer Kate Spade was the subject of comments made by Colleen Hill, curator, Costume and Accessories, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), on New York 1 News (June 3); Patricia Mears, deputy director, MFIT, on WCBS 2 News, WPIX News (both June 5), (June 6), and (June 7);  Eileen Karp, chair, Fashion Design, on (June 5) and (June 10); Emma McClendon, associate curator of costume, MFIT, on (June 6); Shelley Kohan, assistant professor, Fashion Business Management, on NPR’s 1A (June 7); and Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, on (June 8) and in The Wall Street Journal (June 10). (with a 24-image slide show),,,,, (South Africa),, ,,, New York magazine’s (all June 15), in three separate clips,, (all June 16), (with four-image slide show), (both June 18), (June 21) reported on FIT’s Annual Awards Gala where 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, were honored. The event was held on June 14 at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Avenue (June issue) included a photo of Dr. Joyce F. Brown attending the opening of The Museum of Arts and Design’s LOOT exhibition. (June 5), (June 6), and (June 7) 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. (June 14) reported on Transparent Beauty, this year’s capstone for graduates of the Master of Professional Studies program in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management. The master’s graduates researched and presented findings on how the beauty industry can respond to consumer demand for transparency. (June 11) wrote about AlgiKnit in their article on fashion innovation “Sustainable Fashion Initiatives – Seaweed Fashion.” (June 15) reported on the conclusion of Fashion Tech NY, a collaboration between FIT and Stockholm-based fashion technology company Neue, in which fashion design students explored the integration of technology into garments and fashion business strategies. The three-month-long workshop, held in the FIT/Infor Design and Tech Lab, gave “students the opportunity to develop up to three high-end fashion-tech products ranging from the application of technology in fashion business operations to digitally connected garments.”

A press release distributed via PR Newswire (June 5) reported that at the star-studded CFDA Fashion Awards held on June 4, designer Phillip Lim announced that Kritika Manchanda, a student in FIT’s MFA program in Fashion Design, was the winner of the $25,000 Geoffrey Beene Scholarship. The selection committee recognized Manchanda’s “strong portfolio and presentation.” Fashion Design MFA student Eliza Fisher was also among the five finalists. The release received dozens of pickups including,,, and dozens of network affiliate stations of CBS, Fox, NBC, and ABC. (June 11) and (June 14) reported on the portrait photography of FIT student Peter DeVito, Illustration, whose work highlights skin imperfections that are typically digitally removed from photographs or covered with makeup. Pickups include (June 13) and (June 15). (June 14) profiled Marianne Klimchuk, associate chair, Packaging Design. (June 17) turned to Ajoy Sarkar, associate professor, Textile Development and Marketing, for an article on a “better way to dye.”

Emma McClendon, associate curator of costume, MFIT, spoke with WWD (June 4) for an article on coed fashion.

Fashion Unraveled, currently on display at MFIT, received coverage on (France, June 4), (June 5), (June 11), (June 15), and in Town & Village (June 7).

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color, which opens at MFIT on September 7, received pre-opening coverage on (June 5), (June 7),, and (both June 11).

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