FIT in the News – May 23

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.

The Future of Fashion runway show, held on May 9, received coverage on (May 8),,,, (with eight photo slideshow) (all May 9),, (with a 29 photo slideshow), (with a 12 photo slideshow) (May 10), Daily Front Row (with a ten photo slideshow),, and (all May 13).

A press release distributed via PR Newswire (May 9) announced that earlier this year, Brother International Corporation donated over $100,000 worth of sewing, embroidery and electronic cutting machines to FIT’s School of Art and Design for student and faculty use. These machines were used to create many of the looks which were featured in the annual Future of Fashion runway show. (May 16) announced that David Yurman and Tommy Hilfiger will be the keynote speakers at FIT’s annual commencement exercises, being held on May 22 at Radio City Music Hall. Yurman and designer Stephen Burrows will receive the degree of Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, and Hilfiger will receive the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement. (May 17) reported that designer Robert Stock, founder, Robert Graham and Roberts Club, presented the Menswear Award to Fashion Design student David Garcia, whose work is displayed as part of the School of Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition. The exhibition presents the work of more than 800 student graduates, in 16 areas of study, from the School of Art and Design and is on view throughout the main floors of the Marvin Feldman Center, the Shirley Goodman Resource Center, The Museum at FIT, the Art and Design Gallery at the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center, and the John E. Reeves Great Hall.

WWD (May 9) reported on the FIT/Infor DTech Lab partnership with OnPoint Manufacturing (OPM) that will lay the groundwork for the college to launch its own branded lines of apparel and accessories. FIT will develop a brand and a series of labels designed, marketed, and retailed by students and manufactured using OnPoint’s innovative fit personalization technologies and supply chain strategies. This FIT brand will reflect the creative and intellectual capital of FIT, and will be executed with a wearable avant-garde aesthetic that includes two collections of women’s wear, one targeted at a luxury market and the other a mid-market consumer. (May 15) 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. 

OK! (May 20) published a photo from FIT’s Annual Awards Gala and Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference, which, for the first time, were held conjunctively. The 2019 gala honored visionaries spearheading real change across industries. The conference covered such topics as the workforce of the future, circularity, and exciting innovations in biodesign. (May 9) reported on “Cocktails and Couture,” a Couture Council event held at the Core Club, where Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT, conducted a talk with designer Zac Posen.

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