FIT in the News – May 22, 2020

The Division of Communications and External Relations is pleased to share FIT in the News, which reports selected highlights of 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.

Salute to the Class of 2020 Fashion Design students
WWD published a special article that highlighted FIT and other design fashion schools’ graduates during COVID-19. Described as a “salute to 2020 fashion design graduates  during COVID-19” published words of wisdom from our students, faculty, and administrators. The article includes FIT’s upcoming commencement plans and advice from career counseling services. Featuring quotes from eight students, and five faculty members, in the print version, FIT covers two full pages. There is also an accompanying slideshow of images of student work.

Vincent Quan, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, on CNBC  
Quan was interviewed for a 45minute long discussion on how COVID-19 is changing the fashion and retail industries. “This situation, with the pandemic, has caused us to rethink our normal ways of doing business and to be very, very entrepreneurial, and think outside the box,said Quan.

CNBC’s Facebook Live

Upcoming facemask styles
Vasilios Christofilakos, assistant professor, Accessories Design, evisions that “a molded shape will surpass the flat, cloth mask,” style of facemasks we are currently wearing in response to COVID-19.

The Washington Post

Fashion companies pivot to produce facemasks
Sarah Mullins, assistant chair, Footwear and Accessories Design, spoke about well known fashion companies producing facemasks during COVID-19:  “Face masks are a quick and inexpensive product to produce since they require little material and simple assembly. Therefore I think many retailers will add them to their product line.”

Agencia EFE

Post pandemic fashion according to Melissa Marra-Alvarez, curator of education and research, MFIT
Marra-Alvarez spoke at length on her thoughts on what fashion creativity will look like post COVID-19: “What was important before the pandemic may not be so important when we re-emerge from quarantine. I think designers will be thinking about what is necessary and relevant, and what is superfluous.”

Profile on Tanya Melendez-Escalante, senior curator of education and public programs

Melendez-Escalante discusses her background, the importance of fashion museums, and upcoming events at MFIT. (Mexico)

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