FIT in the News – June 17, 2019

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 Associated Press (May 29) reported that fashion designer Christian Louboutin will receive the 2019 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion. The award will be presented at the Couture Council’s annual luncheon benefiting The Museum at FIT (MFIT) on September 4 at Lincoln Center. The AP article received hundreds of pickups, including,,,,,,,, and dozens of affiliate stations of CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox. Additional coverage appeared on (May 29), WWD, (both May 30), and (May 31). (two articles), (both May 22), WWD, (both May 23), (May 24), and WWD (May 30),  reported on FIT’s annual commencement ceremonies, held at Radio City Music Hall, where David Yurman and Tommy Hilfiger were the keynote speakers. Yurman and designer Stephen Burrows received the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree, and Hilfiger received the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement. (June 6) profiled two FIT alumni—Keith Kirkland, Accessories Design ’10, and Ryan Ashley Malarkey, Fashion Design ’07—for a look at how fashion graduates have carved out careers in adjacent fields.

Daily Front Row and (both June 6) announced the winners of FIT’s annual Design Entrepreneurs program (FITDE). The 12 designer finalists, who began the program in January, pitched their business plans to a panel of industry experts, including Tommy Hilfiger, Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, Rag & Bone’s Henri Zirpolo, G-III CEO Morris Goldfarb, Bandier CEO Adrienne Lazarus, and Saks Off Fifth and Gilt chief merchant Thomas Ott. Fiona Morrison of Wolf Circus took home the $100,000 grand prize to grow her line of sustainable, demi-fine jewelry. Nora Gardner was awarded the Israel Goldgrub Award with a cash prize of $50,000. (June 4) discussed FITDE in an article on the value of business schools.

The Future of Fashion runway show, held on May 9, continues to receive coverage, most recently on (May 22), (May 29), and in New York Amsterdam News (May 22) and Earnshaw’s (June 2019 issue).

Contract (May 2019 issue) reported that FIT had a booth at the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), held at the Javits Center, which showcased work from students and alumni for a wide range of departments, including Interior Design, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, and Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design.

Contract (May 2019 issue) reported on FIT’s participation in NYCxDesign.

Steven Frumkin, dean, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, spoke with WWOR-TV (May 21) about the pending closure of retailer Dress Barn.

Troy Richards, dean, School of Art and Design, spoke with and WWD (both May 31) for an article on the collaboration between Rihanna and LVMH. (May 10) profiled Ajoy Sarkar, associate professor, Textile Development and Marketing, for an article on “The Coolest Jobs in Menswear.” (May 20) announced that Phyllis Harbinger, adjunct assistant professor, Interior Design, had been selected to enter the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) College of Fellows for 2019.

Deborah Hernandez, adjunct assistant professor, Textile/Surface Design, spoke with (May 29) for an article on the continuing popularity of the quatrefoil rug. (June 2019) published photos from Cocktails and Couture, a Couture Council event held at the Core Club, where Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, conducted a talk with designer Zac Posen.

Patricia Mears, deputy director, MFIT, spoke with (May 23) about space-age fashions as the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission nears.

MFIT was included in a list of “museums dedicated to fashion you need to visit” by (May 27).

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, spoke with (May 25) about the popularity of chain mail couture. Houston Chronicle (May 27) quoted an old interview Steele gave to Time about wearing white after Labor Day.

Minimalism/Maximalism, currently on view at MFIT, received pre-opening coverage on (May 19) and (May 27). Post-opening coverage includes (France), (France, both May 28), (India, June 3), and (with 13-image slideshow, June 6).

Fabric In Fashion, which closed at MFIT on May 4, continues to receive coverage, most recently in Ornament 41/1 (issue not available online).

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color, which closed at MFIT in January, continues to receive coverage, most recently on (May 31).

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