FIT in the News – February 12, 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.

Art Smith Memorial Scholarship
The Art Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund, named in honor of the influential mid-century modernist New York City-based Black jewelry designer, has been funded by a group of 50 jewelry industry brands. The $50,000 endowed scholarship will create ongoing scholarships and mentorships to support Black students attending the school’s Jewelry Design program.
Town & Country

Genderless Fashions
Amy Sperber, assistant professor, Fashion Design, on genderless fashions: “We have a generation of design students who, this is just the way they think. It’s not a trend; they consider gender to be a construct. There are spectrums of identity, and that’s reflected in the clothes.”

Edge Media Network

Fashion Industry ‘Bible’
Karen Trivette, head of Special Collections and College Archives at the Gladys Marcus Library on Ruth Finley’s Fashion Calendar, whose archives are housed at the library: “It’s really a glimpse into the human experience.”

Little Black Dress
Daniel James Cole, adjunct assistant professor, Fashion Design, discussed the history of the little black dress, dating it to The Portrait of Madame X by John Singer Sargent (1884): “It is considered by many fashion historians to be the first sign of the modern little black dress movement.”

The New York Times’ Wirecutter

1990’s Fashions
Colleen Hill, curator of costumes and accessories, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), on Reinvention & Restlessness: Fashion in the Nineties, which is scheduled to open at MFIT later this year: “Every decade has trends, but I argue that in the ’90s, there were lots of them that were cycling in and out really quickly. There was always something new, always something a bit controversial, but also something for everyone.”

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