FIT in the News – November 20, 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.

Genderless Fashions
Amy Sperber, assistant professor, Fashion Design, on students creating genderless and fluid fashions: “The students are approaching their work this way because it is fundamentally part of how they see the world. As a design institution, we are evolving our curriculum and language to meet our students’ expectations. It starts with simple changes — it is ‘fashion design,’ no matter what gender. Right now, the pathways are labeled gender-specific, but as we change, so do the designated titles.”

History of Chinoiserie
Patrick Michael Hughes, adjunct, Fabric Styling, on the history of chinoiserie:  “The key factor to keep in mind about chinoiserie is that it was a seduction of the unknown, a strong sense of curiosity during an era of very little travel at that kind of distance.”

Princess Diana’s Wedding Dress
With renewed interest in Princess Diana due to the return of the Netflix series The Crown,  this interesting fact from our Fashion History Timeline was cited: “within hours of the royal wedding, manufacturers recreated the dress for as low as $467.”

Who Invented That?
Valerie Steele, executive director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT, discussed the origins of numerous fashion trends throughout the years: “I’m always suspicious of the inventor of an important vernacular garment.”

Exhibition in Mexico
Tanya Melendez-Escalante, senior curator of education and public programs, MFIT, curated Julia y Renata: moda y transformación, the first fashion exhibition held at El Museo de Arte de Zapopan in Mexico: “The entire exhibition was planned during the pandemic, so most of the communication was online, which was challenging for everyone.”

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