FIT in the News – May 13, 2019 (April 26) and (April 28) reported that FIT’s Infor/DTech Lab and IBM are partnering to help build the creative fashion workforce of the future. FIT will leverage IBM’s artificial intelligence (AI) for fashion capabilities—a suite of application programming interfaces (APIs) developed and trained for the fashion industry that leverage deep learning, natural language processing, and computer vision to help fashion companies improve customer experience, enhance their product design, development, and merchandising/planning activities, and augment merchandise performance analysis. (April 26) profiled Annette Green, former president, The Fragrance Foundation. FIT’s fragrance chemistry lab, the only perfume-development facility at an American college, bears Green’s name. (May 3) and WWD (May 6) reported on the donation of three sample coats that launched Calvin Klein’s business in 1968. Donated by Barry Schwartz, co-founder and former chairman of Calvin Klein Inc., and his wife Sheryl, a scholarship fund was also established at FIT in their name, which will provide full tuition support to a student in financial need through all four years of their undergraduate studies. (April 11), (April 18), and (April 29) reported on the panel discussion about sustainability in beauty packaging, held in partnership with Cosmoprof North America (CPNA), and the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management Master’s Degree Program, held at FIT on April 11.

Chelsea Clinton News, Our Town, and Spirit Westsider (all April 3) reported on the series of talks and events that took place in commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire by the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition and FIT. One on-campus event collectively created a ribbon made from individual pieces of fabric brought by participants. The ribbon created will be used as main element of a memorial to be constructed at the site of the tragedy.

WWD (April 25) covered the campus visit of famed designer Kenzo Takada, who attended a book signing for the FIT Foundation.

Robert Vassalotti, professor, Fashion Business Management, spoke with (April 27) and The Wall Street Journal (April 29) for an article on the use of plastics in the fashion industry. Pickups include (April 28).

Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, spoke with NPR Radio (clip not available online, May 5) about that evening’s Met Gala. (May 1) and New York Lifestyles (May issue) published photos from The Museum at FIT’s (MFIT) third annual Couture Council winter luncheon, held at Avra Madison Estiatorio.

Elizabeth Way, assistant curator of costume, MFIT, spoke about heritage designs with Textile Insight (April issue).

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, spoke with (April 29) and The New York Times (May 2) for an article on the clothing collection maintained by Smith College Historic Clothing Collection.

Fabric in Fashion, which closed at MFIT on May 4, received coverage on (April 30), and (May 4).

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