Top Media Mentions of 2019

In 2019, FIT was covered widely in the media, drawing heavily on our faculty and administrators for commentary, and spotlighting the exciting work of our talented students. Here are the stories that were reported by outside media originally shared on FIT Newsroom that readers clicked on the most last year.

For an article commemorating the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, (Sept. 11) interviewed President Joyce F. Brown for an article on how New York City college presidents handled the unfolding events.

screenshot of Good Morning America's video of student illustrations and (both Sept. 13) 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.

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), appeared in the four-part series American Style on CNN (Jan. 13 and 20).

Christian Louboutin being kissed by Diane von Furstenburg at the Couture Council Luncheon
Christian Louboutin is kissed by Diane von Furstenburg at the Couture Council Luncheon where he received the award for Artistry of Fashion.

The Associated Press (May 29) reported that fashion designer Christian Louboutin will receive the 2019 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion. The AP article received hundreds of pickups, including,, and dozens of affiliate stations of CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox. (June 27), in an article on how to write a business plan, mentioned FIT Design Entrepreneurs, a “mini MBA program” that includes a series of specialized workshops, learning intensives, and mentorship opportunities.

Randy Fenoli and Dr. Joyce F. Brown in an FIT classroom

Valerie Steele was interviewed by CBS Sunday Morning (Feb. 17) to discuss Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color.

NBC’s Today (March 21) reported on Journey to Paradisios, Macy’s 2019 Flower Show in which seven dresses designed by FIT Fashion Design students were on view.

Dr. Joyce F. Brown appeared with FIT alumnus Randy Fenoli on an episode of Say Yes to the Dress that aired March 9 on TLC.

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, helped put some current footwear in historical context for New York magazine (Feb. 17).

Kam Mak standing in front of a wall of vases
Professor Kam Mak in Honolulu. Photo by Heidi Chang. (Jan. 26) spoke with Kam Mak, assistant chair, Illustration, as he looked back at all 12 of the postage stamp designs he created for the USPS Lunar New Year series.

The Associated Press (Aug. 8) interviewed Shannon Maher, chair, Home Products Development, for an article on sustainability in the home textiles industry. (Jan. 30) spoke with Philips McCarty, vice president for Advancement and executive director of the FIT Foundation, who answered the question, “What will 2019 hold for corporate social impact programs?”

Sean Cormier, associate professor, Textile Development and Marketing, gave tips to (Dec. 18) on how to shrink clothes.



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