FIT in the News – July 9, 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. (June 27), in an article on how to write a business plan, mentioned FIT Design Entrepreneurs, a “mini MBA program” that includes a series of specialized workshops, learning intensives, mentorship opportunities from leading fashion industry professionals, and networking salons to help entrepreneurial emerging designers learn how to develop effective business plans and strategies in order to help ensure the future success of their lines. (June 13) and WWD (June 14) reported on the annual capstone research presentations by the School of Graduate Studies’ Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management class of 2019. This year’s topic was Beauty and Technology. The presentations were followed by an awards ceremony and reception. (June 10) discussed how FIT is incorporating streetwear into the curriculum. A streetwear and athleisure component was added to the 2019 Future of Fashion runway show. (June 22) reported that at this year’s Biodesign Challenge Summit, FIT’s team Flora Fur won the Stella McCartney Award for Sustainable Fashion for a biodegradable fur alternative made from milkweed and flax. Student teams from 34 colleges and universities around the world presented concepts and research that could pave the way to a more sustainable future.

A (June 10) article on careers in fashion, mentioned FIT’s Industry Partnerships and Collaborative Programs group, which regularly works with companies like IBM on future-focused fashion and technology projects.

Textile World (June issue) reported that the FIT/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.

WWD (June 19) mentioned FIT’s Annual Awards Gala and Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference.

The Future of Fashion runway show, held on May 9, continues to receive coverage, most recently on (June 11).

Sarah Mullins, chair, Accessories Design, spoke with (July 25) where she discussed Sneaker Essentials, an online education course created by FIT’s Accessories Design program and Complex Networks and offered through the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies.

Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, spoke with NPR (June 10) for an article on high-end retailers’ charity partnerships.

Emma McClendon, associate curator of costume, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), spoke with NBC News (June 17) about the late Gloria Vanderbilt and her fashions.

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, appeared as a guest on the podcast Fashioning Identity on HighSnobiety (June 12) for an episode on gender identity. Steele spoke with (June 17) and The Wall Street Journal (June 18) about the fashion legacy of the late Gloria Vanderbilt.

Minimalism/Maximalism, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on (June 10), (June 11),, (both June 12), (June 13), (June 14), (June 24), and in Newsday (June 24 and June 28) and AM New York (June 30).

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