FIT in the News – October 8, 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. (September 26),, and (September 28), reported on the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange exhibition currently on display in the newly renovated Pomerantz Center lobby. The exhibition of 32 gowns celebrates artisanal fashion and skilled craftsmanship from the United Kingdom’s 53 Commonwealth countries. The exhibition was first displayed at Buckingham Palace. (September 25), (September 28), and (October 1) announced Diversity Comic Con, which will be held at FIT on October 11. The event, part of the college’s Civility Week, will feature artists, panel discussions, portfolio reviews, and a cosplay pageant.

A press release distributed via (September 25) announced the kickoff of the Global Fashion Management (GFM) graduate program seminar series. The seminar series explores new technology for the apparel industry; perspectives of sustainability; and new concepts in retail technology, production, and management; as well as retail change management through various presentations, tours and networking opportunities. The series is sponsored by Columbus Consulting International. The release received dozens of pickups including, and affiliate stations of CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox.

Marie Claire (October issue) cited the research findings of graduating students in FIT’s Master of Professional Studies program in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management (CFMM), Transparent Beauty. (September 24) reported that Lili Shi, Fashion Design, was the winner of 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 she presented her collection during Paris Fashion Week.

Independent (September 19) and (October 1) published photos from this year’s Couture Council Luncheon, at which Narciso Rodriguez received the award for Artistry of Fashion. (September 25) spoke with Sean Cormier, associate professor, Textile Development and Marketing, for an article on quality control in the garment industry. (India, September 24) reported that Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), hosted conferences, in partnership with the prestigious École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, during Paris Fashion Week. (September 24) reported that Steele is a participant in the upcoming CNN series American Style. Each episode covers two decades of American fashions, beginning with the 1940s. The series will begin airing in January 2019.

Emma McClendon, associate curator of costume, MFIT, commented to (September 28) and Newsday (October 1) on the retro fashion trend popular with millennials.

Elizabeth Way, assistant curator, MFIT, discussed the legacy of Elizabeth Keckley, dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln, with WAG (October issue).

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on (September 24),, (both September 25), (Germany),, (Brazil) (all September 27), (September 28),, (both October 1), and in The Week (September 28), and WAG (September issue).

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