FIT in the News – September 24, 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.

This year’s Couture Council luncheon, at which Narciso Rodriguez received the award for Artistry of Fashion, received coverage on The Associated Press, (with an 18-image slideshow),,,, Digital Edition (page 52),,, (with 10-image slideshow) (all September 6), (September 7), (September 8),, (both September 12), (September 13), and in Modern Luxury Manhattan (September issue), and WWD (September 6). The AP article received more than 90 pickups including,, and,, (all September 7) and WWD (September 8) reported that Lili Shi, Fashion Design, was the winner in the annual Supima Design Competition. Shi showed her five-look capsule collection, all created using Supima cotton, at the Supima runway show held during New York Fashion Week. Shi received a $10,000 check from Supima to kick-start her design career and will present her collection during Paris Fashion Week later this month. (September 9) announced that FIT will be hosting Diversity Comic Con. The October 11 event, part of Civility Week, will feature artists, panel discussions, portfolio reviews, and a cosplay pageant.

A press release distributed via PR Newswire (September 4) reported that FIT has partnered with My Size, Inc., the developer and creator of smartphone measurement applications, to provide its innovative mobile measurement solutions to students. Students will use the app to measure garments throughout the quality control process, measure body sizes with MySizeID, and build a sizing chart to sync measurements with the technology’s platform. The article received dozens of pickups including affiliate stations of ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox.

Crain’s New York Business (September 3), reported that Goodwill opened a boutique called Curated on West 79th Street in Manhattan based on a Goodwill-sponsored contest for FIT students who were tasked with coming up with an “innovative project” for the thrift chain. (September 5) reported on two classes offered this fall for drone flying through the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies. (September 4) turned to Jeffrey Silberman, chair, Textile Development and Marketing, for an article on the minute microfibers that shed from washed synthetic fibers.

Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, spoke with (September 13) for an article on the “speed to market” effect of fast-fashion retailers. “The consumer is changing the dynamic—especially the millennials who grew up with technology,” said Carter. (September 14) turned to Theanne Schiros, assistant professor, Science and Mathematics, for an article on biodegradable textiles made from living organisms.

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), spoke with and WWD (both September 5) for their series on “the state of American fashion.” Steele spoke about the popularity of the color pink at New York Fashion Week (NYFW), the state of the Council of Fashion Designers of America today, and answered the question, “Do you like NYFW?” Also, (September 14) and The New York Times (September 16) followed Steele on her “Sunday Routine.”

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color, received coverage on (August 30),, (Brazil) (both September 4),, (England), (Italy) (all September 5), (Brazil), (both September 6), (France, with 12-image slideshow), (India),,, (with 12-image slideshow), (Portugal), (Mexico), (with seven-image slideshow), New York Post’s Page Six, (all September 7), (Italy), (Canada), (all September 8), (France) (September 9), (Spain),, (all September 10), (September 11),,,, (all September 14),, (both September 15), and in The New York Times, The International New York Times (both September 6), The Globe and Mail (Canada, September 8), Metro New York (September 10), and The Wall Street Journal (September 12). A press release sent out via Global Newswire (September 6) by Mary Kay, one of the sponsors of the exhibition, received dozens of pickups from affiliate stations of ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox.

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