FIT in the News – May 14, 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.

Repurposing Facemasks
Hannah Conradt, senior, Fashion Design, was interviewed as to how she was able to reuse handmade face masks to create a unique garment –  a wedding dress with a pandemic twist: “I lost all motivation to make a dress no one would wear. It felt so frivolous.” The skirt was made of 50 face masks on a caged crinoline base, which were removable, and could be worn – if needed.

The New York Times

Prada Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships
Prada announced a new Diversity and Inclusion scholarship at FIT, which includes the development of a paid internship, mentorship, and scholarship program in addition to a gender equality educational module. The Prada Group’s scholarships will provide full tuition, and room and board at FIT for one top-performing student of color from the US and one top-performing female student from Ghana or Kenya.

How We Shop Today
Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, on how we shop: “Every time I come to the mall, I’m looking, and I know what’s working and what’s not.”

NPR’s Marketplace

The Museum at FIT (MFIT)

Halston’s Legacy
Patricia Mears, deputy director, MFIT, on the designer Halston: “He made this quantum leap from designing a midcentury, almost antiquated accessory as a milliner to making modern, packable, wearable, contemporary clothes.” (United Kingdom)

Presidential Style
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, on President Biden’s sunglasses: “They seem to harken back in some way to something that – before the time right now, when everything seems so fraught – seems to evoke old-fashioned values or old-fashioned, good things about America.”

Sensuality Returns
Melissa Marra-Alvarez, curator of education and research, MFIT, on the return of sensual dressing for fall 2021: “It’s this return to sensuality but on new terms, new grounds.”

Reinvention and Restlessness; Fashion in the 90s
Pre-opening coverage for the exhibition which is scheduled to open at MFIT later this year. (United Kingdom) (New Zealand) (Australia) (India) (Canada)

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