FIT in the News – November 21, 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 11) announced that designer Alexandra Champalimaud is the recipient of the 2019 Lawrence Israel Prize, given by the Interior Design Department. Champalimaud, an internationally acclaimed designer, is founder of Champalimaud Design and opened her first design studio in Montreal more than 30 years ago after fleeing political unrest in Portugal. She will discuss her career and share insights about the future of interior design in an upcoming talk at FIT on November 21. (November 7) mentioned the FIT/Infor DTech Lab and IBM partnership 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 use 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. (November 8) 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. (France, November 5) spoke with Michael Ferraro, executive director, FIT/Infor DTech Lab, for an article on AI and its uses in fashion.

Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, spoke with (November 8) for an article on New York City as a fashion capital.

Paris, Capital of Fashion, currently on view at MFIT, received coverage on (October 24),, and (both November 13). The exhibition companion book was named “one of the best books to give at Christmas” by (November 13).

Minimalism/Maximalism, which was on view at MFIT through November 16, received coverage on (November 8).