FIT in the News – September 13, 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.

For an article commemorating the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, (September 11) interviewed President Joyce F. Brown for an article on how New York City college presidents handled the unfolding events.,,,,,,,,,,,,, (all August 19), (August 20),,,, (all August 21), and WWD (August 20) all reported on FIT’s partnership with Disney on Broadway as they celebrate their 25th anniversary. Ten Fashion Design students reimagined contemporary designs for some of Disney on Broadway’s iconic female characters. The students, who are from all over the world, will have their garments on display in an exhibition at the Art and Design Gallery located in FIT’s Pomerantz Center from September 19 through October 6. A press release distributed via PR Newswire (August 19) received hundreds of pickups, including,,,, and dozens of affiliate station websites of CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox. Additional coverage appeared on (August 25).

Footwear designer Christian Louboutin, who received the 2019 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion during the Couture Council’s annual luncheon benefitting The Museum at FIT (MFIT) on September 4, received pre-event coverage on (August 27) and (September 3), and in Quest (August issue). Post-event coverage included,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, (all September 4),,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, (with 17-image slideshow), WWD,,,,,,,,,, (all September 5),,,,, (with 11-image slideshow) (all September 6), and (September 8).

Sean Cormier, associate professor, Textile Development and Marketing, answered the question “Can You Machine-Wash Clothes with ‘Hand-Wash Only’ Tags?” for (August 19). (August 21) spoke with Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, for an article on athleisure wear. Carter also gave an interview to (August 26) for an article on circular fashion trends.

Sarah Byrd, adjunct professor, Fashion and Textile Studies, spoke with (August 26) for her take on “20 Fashion Trends From the 1990s That Should Make a Comeback.”

Patricia Mears, deputy director, MFIT, spoke with (August 23) for an article on the continuing relevance of Edwardian era fashions.

Emma McClendon, associate curator of costume, MFIT, spoke with (August 23) and Newsday (August 25) for an article on the demise of the necktie. McClendon also spoke with (August 28) for an article on the return of the “mom jean.”

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, spoke with (August 26), The New York Times (August 27), and The International New York Times (August 28) for an article on the fashion legacy of late designer Isabel Toledo. (September 4) profiled Steele for their series “How I’m Making It.”

Paris, Capital of Fashion, which opened at MFIT on September 6, received pre-opening coverage on (September 1), (France, September 2), (September 3), and (September 4). Post-opening coverage included (September 9).

Minimalism/Maximalism, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on (Mexico, August 21).

Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse, which opens at MFIT in 2020, received advance coverage on (September 4).

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