FIT in the News – December 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.

Diversity Scholarships
From an article on how the fashion industry has been responding to issues of racial injustice: “Universities like the Fashion Institute of Technology launched ongoing scholarship funds and mentorship opportunities for Black students enrolled in select programs.”

Beauty Packaging
Sandra Krasovec, professor, Packaging Design, spoke about beauty product packaging and the waste they generate: “It’s all about using material wisely and then collecting the waste and reusing it again. Everybody’s trying to get there.”

Business of Fashion

AIDS Epidemic
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT, was included in An Oral History of Fashion’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic, a four-part series.  Steele commented about individual designers lost to the disease, such as Halston, Perry Ellis, and Willi Smith: “There were so many others like Angel Estrada who were cut off so early that you don’t really know where they could have gone and who they could have influenced. You have to look at it in terms of it being almost a whole generation being lost—like a World War I of art and fashion people.”

Creating Buzz
Steele spoke about how Italian heritage brands are turning towards younger designers to revive interest: “I think we’ve seen it being very successful for a lot of companies. In other times it seems more instrumental, as if they were like, ‘Yes, we’re trying to get an outsider,’”

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