FIT in the News – June 18, 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.

Art Smith Memorial Scholarship at FIT
The Art Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund, named in honor of the influential mid-century modernist New York City-based Black jewelry designer, has been funded by a group of 50 jewelry industry brands. The $50,000 endowed scholarship will create ongoing scholarships and mentorships to support Black students attending the school’s Jewelry Design program.

How Fashion Brands are Reacting to Calls for Social Justice
Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, spoke about how fashion brands are dealing with reforms in social justice. “If you don’t align your corporate values with the consumers’ core values, your brand will become nothing but a memory,” said Carter.

A Brief History of the US Postal Service
Amy Werbel, professor, History of Art, penned a short history of the United States Postal Service. “The Continental Congress appointed [Benjamin] Franklin as the nation’s first postmaster general in May 1775. Franklin, in turn, oversaw the rapid transition of the Colonial network he had helped create into the first post office of the United States,” commented Werbel. 

Fashion in the Age of Social Distancing
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT, gave her thoughts on fashion during COVID-19. “I think a lot of people are going to continue with the casual clothing trend most of the time. And of course a lot of people are going to be out of work or making much less money and that is likely to have an impact on what people will wear,” said Steele.

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