FIT in the News – September 25, 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. and reported on FIT’s partnership with Disney on Broadway, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Ten Fashion Design students reimagined contemporary designs for some of Disney on Broadway’s iconic female characters. GMA3: Strahan, Sara and Keke (all September 13) showcased 10 looks, as well as the student designers, in a five-minute segment. The students, who are from all over the world, have their garments on display in an exhibition at the Art and Design Gallery located in FIT’s Pomerantz Center through October 13. Additional coverage appeared on and (both September 16). (September 18) reported that 12 faculty members at FIT received tenure. They are Sarah Blazer, Writing and Speaking Studio; Katelyn Burton-Prager, English and Communication Studies; Kim Cunningham, Social Sciences; Natasha Degen, Art Market Studies; Delphine Horvath, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing; Ruth Jeyaveeran, Textile/Surface Design; Brendan Leach, Graduate Illustration; Erica Moretti, Modern Languages and Cultures; Lucy Collins Payne, Social Sciences; James Matthew Phillips, Fine Arts; Stephanie Pierce, Fine Arts; and Bret Tesman, Advertising and Marketing Communications.

Footwear designer Christian Louboutin, who received the 2019 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion during the Couture Council’s annual luncheon benefiting The Museum at FIT (MFIT) on September 4, received coverage on and (Hong Kong) (both September 9), and in Footwear News (September 9). (September 17) listed the MFIT event, “The Venezuelan Diaspora and Fashion,” a panel discussion on the state of Venezuela’s fashion industry amid political turmoil, which took place September 17.

Ellen Lynch, professor, Accessories Design, contributed historical context to a story about the straw hat to (Toronto, September 21).

Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, discussed the retailer Madewell with (September 16), (September 17), The New York Times (September 18), and The International New York Times (September 20) in advance of their IPO.

Joan Volpe, managing coordinator, Center for Continuing and Professional Studies, spoke with (September 16) about the second-hand clothing market.

Emma McClendon, associate curator of costume, MFIT, was a guest on the CBC Radio program Ideas (September 13), where she discussed jeans. McClendon also spoke about the camouflage print with (September 18).

Paris, Capital of Fashion, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on (September 8),, (both September 9),, (both September 10), (September 11),, (both September 12), (September 13), (Brazil, September 17), (September 18), (Taiwan), (Australia, both September 20), and in The Wall Street Journal (September 11).

Minimalism/Maximalism, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage in The Wall Street Journal (September 15) and (Brazil, September 17). The article was also distributed via Dow Jones Newswires.

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