FIT in the News – November 10, 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.

Fashion Colleges and COVID
Sandra Markus, chair, Fashion Design, on how fashion colleges worldwide are dealing with distance learning during COVID: “This is an opportunity for students to engage with new methodologies and work more collaboratively with their peers and faculty. It’s a different experience, but it allows for more expansive learning opportunities.”


CFMM Capstone Findings
A report reveals multiple findings based upon the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management program Capstone white paper, which hints that success will require a rethink for brands from product to retail to staff to marketing and beyond: From the article: “The transition of the beauty industry will require a growing focus on ‘mental and physical well-being,’ the authors argue. Indeed, as consumers increasingly face income inequality, exasperated by COVID-19-related job and financial losses, and associated stress, isolation, sleep loss, loneliness and more, the market is hungry for offerings that deliver relief.”

Holiday Shopping During a Pandemic
Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, on potential difficulties facing retailers for holiday shopping during the pandemic: “Now even those consumers who have gainful employment are feeling strapped and insecure. We’re seeing homelessness rise and food insecurity rise, but even among people who might have assets, they are discussing layaway options in order to protect their cash flow.”

Podcast Guest
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT, appeared as a guest on the podcast  In Vogue: The 1990s: Queering Culture.

Worldwide Fashion Museums
Steele was interviewed for an article on how fashion museums are trying to shift away from Euro-centric fashions: “The traditional Eurocentric history of fashion is misleading: Fashion did not just start within Europe with the rise of capitalism and colonialism. Curators in the past would simply do a show about Orientalism or spotlight a Western designer who appropriated a culture without further comment, explaining the context of his designs. If it’s a French designer, for instance, their work should be framed within a context of French colonialism.”


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