FIT in the News – October 23, 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.

New FIT Board Member
A press release distributed via PRNewswire announced that Robert Fisch, founder and former Chairman & CEO of rue21, has joined the board of the FIT Foundation, which serves as an advisory and fundraising body to FIT. The release was picked-up by dozens of outlets including:

Future of Fashion Showcase

A press release announced that Informa Markets Fashion, in partnership with FIT, launched the FIT Future of Fashion 2020 Showcase featuring works from recent BFA Fashion Design graduates. This digital exhibition, created exclusively for Informa Markets Fashion’s global audience of retailers, fashion brands, and media outlets, will provide FIT graduates with unparalleled industry exposure to major retailers, brands, and industry leaders who are constantly on the lookout for emerging talent and the next generation of innovators.

Diversity Comic Con

FIT’s Diversity Comic Con 2020, a two-day long convention held on October 16-17, featured online speed networking sessions, and panelist discussions from publishers DC Comics, Scholastic, Random House, MacMillan, Magnetic Press and Ahoy Comics. This event, held virtually this year, is a part of FIT’s Civility Week activities.

Viability of Hemp

Preeti Ayra, assistant professor, Textile Development and Marketing, on hemp as used in the textile industry: “Scientists from all over the world … know very well that hemp can be used for textile purposes if we can reduce the lignin content of the fiber.”

Do Historical Events Impact Fashion?
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT, on how past historical events have influenced how we dress: “People are never going to completely give up on sneakers and — God help us — sweatpants. That’s just become part of what we wear for now.”


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