FIT in the News – February 14, 2020

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. (January 30) and Footwear Plus (February issue) both reported on the kickoff event 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.

AOL’s In The Know Beauty (February 12) posted a video of FIT’s inaugural Fine Art of Fashion and Technology Show, held on February 7 at Pier 59 Studios during New York Fashion Week.  Ten alumni presented 90 looks from the first graduating class of Fashion Design MFA students.

WWD (January 31) reported on the WWD Beauty Digital Forum where Brooke Carlson, professor, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Management, was a panelist.

Pioneering African American Ballerinas, where four groundbreaking ballerinas discuss their careers and stardom, received coverage on (January 30) and in The New York Times (January 31). The panel, part of FIT’s Fashion Culture programming, with take place on February 27.

WAG Westchester (January issue) reported on Fashion Illustration: The Visionaries, A Century of Illustrations from the Frances Neady Collection, an exhibition curated from the archives of the Frances Neady Collection of Original Fashion Illustration, which is housed within FIT’s Special Collections and College Archives at the Gladys Marcus Library. The exhibition showcases 63 of the finest examples of fashion illustration that exemplify technical virtuosity and aesthetic quality rendered by the masters of the genre, is on view through March 7 at the Society of Illustrators.

Ajoy Sarkar, professor, Textile Development and Marketing, spoke with (February 8) about sustainability in the textile industry.

Elizabeth Way, assistant curator of costume, The Museum at FIT (MFIT) spoke with The New York Post (February 10) for an article about the popularity of opera length gloves on the red carpet.

Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse, which opened at MFIT on February 11, received pre-opening coverage on (January 16), (Italy), (both February 1), (Greece), (Germany), (all February 3), (February 6),,, (all February 10), and in EyeMag (Taiwan, February issue), Harper’s Bazaar (February issue), and The New Yorker (February 10). Post-opening coverage includes,, New York Magazine’s (all February 11), NY1 News,,, and (all February 12).

Power Mode: The Force of Fashion, currently on display at MFIT, received coverage on (January 30).

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