FIT in the News – February 22, 2019 (February 14) and (February 18) announced the 2019 Sustainable Business and Design Conference, to be held April 3 and 4. Titled “Innovating for the Future,” the conference will bring together leaders in sustainability and innovation with film screenings, breakout sessions, interviews, networking opportunities, and panels. Additionally, on April 3, FIT will hold a black-tie awards gala to benefit the FIT Foundation—the fundraising arm of FIT that creates programs, develops new initiatives, and provides scholarships for students. (February 15) announced that beginning this spring, FIT will offer four new forward-thinking noncredit certificate programs designed to prepare the [Creative] Workforce of the Future for some of the fastest growing careers. The courses are offered through the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS). (February 12) announced that Hyelin Lee, jewelry design, was the winner of the Scott Kay/FIT Jewelry Design Contest. Lee designed a bridal jewelry set. She was presented with a $3,000 award. (February 13) reported that in commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, a series of talks and events will be held on March 16 and 17 by the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition and FIT. One event will collectively create a ribbon made from individual pieces of fabric brought by participants. The ribbon will be used as the main element of a memorial to be constructed at the site of the tragedy.

In an op-ed written for (February 11), Natasha Degen, chair of the MA program in Art Market Studies, examined the dangers of the consolidation of moneyed interests in the art world.

New York 1 News (February 13) spoke with Kam Mak, assistant chair, Illustration, as he looked back at all 12 of the postage stamp designs he created for the U.S. Postal Service Lunar New Year series.

Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, spoke with (February 11) for an article on inclusive sizing. Pickups include (February 11).

Direct Selling News (February issue) reported on the Fashion Culture panel Powerful Pink: From Cute to Confident.

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), spoke with (February 15) for an article on the 50th anniversary of MFIT. Steele also spoke with NPR (February 19) and (February 20) about the lasting legacy of the late designer Karl Lagerfeld. Pickups included The Dallas Morning News and The Star Journal (both February 20).

Emma McClendon, associate curator of costume, MFIT, commented in (February 19) on women’s leather jackets.

Exhibitionism: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT, currently on display at MFIT, received television coverage on CBS Sunday Morning (February 17). Additional coverage includes Interior Design (January issue), Town & Village (January 31), (February 10),, AM New York (with photo, both February 12), The Wall Street Journal (February 13),, Associated Press,, AM New York (all February 14),, New York Magazine’s, and The New York TimesScene City (all February 15). The video package filmed by The Associated Press has been placed on (February 12).