FIT in the News – November 13, 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.

Dr. Joyce F. Brown was interviewed by Crain’s New York Business (October 29) and (October 30). She discussed FIT’s new academic building, the biggest changes she’s made as president, FIT’s forward-looking curriculum, and how FIT fosters innovation. (November 5) covered FIT’s Textile Ocean Plastics Pollution Initiative, a student-led and multi-pronged educational program, which recently took students on a boat in Jamaica Bay to view ocean pollution firsthand. Much marine pollution is created by disposable plastics, microplastic fibrils, and other marine textile debris from both synthetic and natural textile products and fibers. (November 2) reported on two students, Alexandra Drohobycky, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries, and Alyssa Palmer, Advertising and Marketing Communications, who are both members of FIT’s volleyball team. (November 5) gave a roundup of the panel “So You Want to Be a Fashion Designer?” which was sponsored by MR Magazine and the Fashion Design department.

ChalkFIT, the annual project created by seventh-semester Illustration students, received coverage on (October 13) and (October 26). Students used chalk mixed with water to create murals on the exterior walls of the Pomerantz Art and Design Center. This year’s theme, The Future Is … The Human Experience, employs augmented-reality app Arilyn to animate the murals. When viewers use the app to scan an artwork, it comes to life on their smartphones.

Quest and Avenue (both October issues) reported on this year’s Couture Council Luncheon at which Narciso Rodriguez received the award for Artistry of Fashion.

Jeffrey Silberman, chair, Textile Development and Marketing, spoke with (October 23) about how faux fur, which is made of plastic, helps contribute to ocean pollution. Pickups include

Natasha Degen, chair, Art Market Studies, spoke with (October 24) and The Wall Street Journal (October 25) about the works of painter Mark Grotjahn.

Sean Cormier, associate professor, Textile Development and Marketing, contributed to an article on (November 2) on how to select a bath towel.

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), spoke with (Canada, October 24) for an article on “how to look expensive.” Steele helped explain “Why Voting Is in Fashion” for The New York Times, (both November 1), and The International New York Times (November 4). (Argentina, November 3) profiled Steele in conjunction with the publication of her book Fashion Theory in Spanish.

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on (October 11), (France, October 18), (October 28), WNET’s NYC Arts (October 25),, (both October 31),, (both November 2),,, (all November 5), and in Notions (October issue) and The Citizen Key West (October 7). (November 1) reviewed the companion book for the exhibition. (October 20) and Chelsea Clinton News (October 24) reported on Pink, MFIT’s academic symposium, held on October 19. The symposium explored the significance of the color pink in fashion, art, and culture.

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