FIT in the News – January 11, 2021

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.

Pierre Cardin
The legacy of fashion designer Pierre Cardin was discussed by George Simonton, adjunct, Fashion Design: “If you saw his clothes without the label, you would know exactly who they were. That speaks volumes for who a designer truly is.”  Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT: “His sheer longevity is remarkable in such a competitive field.”

The Los Angeles Times

Couch Envy
Phyllis Harbinger, adjunct, Interior Design, on the returning popularity of the white couch: “These couches are like comfort food for the external body.”

New York Magazine

Post COVID Fashion Trends
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT) on post pandemic dressing:  “If these historical examples are useful to us, then we would not expect a completely new fashion once we come out of COVID, but rather an exaggeration of trends that were already in existence before March.”

Fuzzy Slippers
Ellen Lynch, professor, Accessories Design, on the popularity of more comfortable footwear, such as slippers, during the pandemic: “[They have] reinterpreted themselves into a more comfortable, durable, but not work-related kind of shoe.”

Fashion Equality
Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, on how fashion brands have responded to questions about race: “We are not consistent in the messaging, in terms of our brand messaging, in terms of our visual messaging.”

Fashion Illustration Pioneer
Steven Stipelman, professor, Fashion Design, recalled his years working as a fashion illustrator for the publication WWD, calling his time there “everyone’s dream job.”


Head to Toe
Advance coverage of the MFIT exhibition which is scheduled to open later this year.


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