FIT in the News – August 26, 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.

Beauty Launchpad (August issue) reported on FIT’s Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference, held in April, which covered such topics as the workforce of the future, circularity, and exciting innovations in biodesign.

In a New York Times (July 30) and International New York Times (August 1) obituary for designer Arthur McGee, a photo of one of his designs on display during the Black Fashion Designers exhibition held at The FIT in 2016 was published.

To help celebrate National Honeybee Day, held on August 17, (August 14) and AM New York (August 18) reported that FIT has two hives. Located on the roof of the Pomerantz Center, the hives are home to more than 10,000 bees and were installed in 2017.

The Associated Press (August 8) interviewed Shannon Maher, chair, Home Products Development, for an article on sustainability in the home textiles industry. The article received dozens of pickups including,, and (all August 8). (August 16) spoke with Albert M. Romano, chair, Advertising and Marketing Communications, for an article on the re-interpretation of brand logos. (August 2) spoke with Dr. Ronald Milon, chief diversity officer, for an article about diversity officers in the fashion industry. (August 1) spoke with Shelley Kohan, assistant professor, Fashion Business Management, for an article on consistency in brand sizing.

The Wall Street Journal (August 4) quoted Mark-Evan Blackman, assistant professor, Fashion Design, for an article on the continuing popularity of the Breton stripped shirt. (July 31) spoke with Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, for an article on Gucci hiring a diversity chief. (August 3) turned to Carter to discuss companies resurrecting 1990s fashions. Carter also spoke with (August 8) about the difficulties facing retailer Barneys. (August 8) turned to Margaret Bishop, adjunct instructor, Textile Development and Marketing, to help explain “What’s the Difference Between a $13 Swimsuit and a $300 Swimsuit?”

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT) spoke with (August 14) for an article on continuing gaffes in the fashion industry. Pickups include (August 5) spoke with Patricia Mears, deputy director, MFIT, about the fashion legacy of Halston, who is the subject of a CNN documentary.

Emma McClendon, associate curator of costume, MFIT, discussed the continuing popularity of leopard prints with (August 5).

Minimalism/Maximalism, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on (August 2), (August 9), and (August 19), and in Town & Village (July 18).

Paris, Capital of Fashion, which opens at MFIT on September 6, received pre-opening coverage on (July 30),,, (all August 2), (August 9), the podcast Time Sensitive (August 14), and in The Wall Street Journal (August 4) and Eye Mag (August 14).

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color, which closed at MFIT in January, received coverage on (August 1) and in Direct Selling News (August issue).

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