FIT in the News – November 8, 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. (November 6) reported on “Transforming Industry: Creative Collaboration in a 5G World,” held at FIT as part of the 2019 Fast Company Innovation Festival.

ChalkFIT, the annual project created by seventh-semester Illustration students, received coverage on (October 23) and on NY1 News’ Mornings On 1 (October 30). Students used chalk mixed with water to create murals on the exterior walls of FIT, stretching across both the Shirley Goodman Resource Center and the Pomerantz Art and Design Center, with images depicting iconic moments over the last 75 years to celebrate the school’s anniversary. (October 24) reported on the call for applications for FIT Design Entrepreneurs (FITDE), a free, intensive “mini-MBA” program—now in its eighth year—that teaches emerging designers how to run a successful label. A $100,000 prize will be awarded to the company that presents the most outstanding business plan, and $50,000 will go to the second-place company. Both winners will use these funds to implement business plans developed as part of the program. The deadline to apply has been extended until November 8. (October 23) 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. The students, who are from all over the world, had their garments on display in an exhibition at the Art and Design Gallery located in FIT’s Pomerantz Center. The article was picked up by Yahoo! Lifestyle (October 23) and (October 26). (October 22) and (October 25 and 26) reported on Diversity Comic Con, a celebration of multiculturalism and acceptance of all colors, creeds, and genders in the sequential arts, sponsored by the President’s Diversity Council, which was held at FIT on October 25.

A press release distributed via PRLog reported on the fourth annual Design for Disability Gala with the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. This year saw the introduction of a “first-of-its-kind” line of accessible accessories developed in partnership with FIT Fashion Design MFA students and Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, co-founder and chief creative officer of Vera Bradley.

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 in Modern Luxury Manhattan (October issue).

Marianne Klimchuk, chair, Communication Design Pathways, spoke with (October 30) for a radio segment on industry variations in packaging content sizes.

Vincent Quan, professor, Fashion Business Management, spoke with (October 27) for an article on the market for vintage undergarments.

Tanya Melendez-Escalante, senior curator, education and public programs, MFIT, spoke with (October 25) about Mexico Fashion Week.

Emma McClendon, associate curator, MFIT, spoke with (October 23) where she gave historical context on denim. Pickups include (October 26). McClendon discussed the lasting impact on fashion of the 1999 film The Matrix with The Wall Street Journal (October 27).

Paris, Capital of Fashion, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on (October 22).