FIT in the News – October 26, 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.

Beauty Business Essentials
FIT has partnered with WWD Beauty Inc and Yellowbrick for a new online course, Beauty Business Essentials, which includes far-reaching analysis on the beauty industry, including entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, product development, brand development, marketing strategies, and retail and distribution.


Amber Valletta Named FIT Sustainability Ambassador
Amber Valletta, model, actress, and activist has been named the college’s first sustainability ambassador, further solidifying FIT’s commitment to expanding sustainability education and awareness to address the challenges facing the creative industries. In her role as FIT’s sustainability ambassador, Valletta will work closely with the FIT community, alumni, and partners throughout the 2021–2022 academic year and beyond.

Watch Industry
Ted Schachter, assistant chair, Advertising, Marketing and Communications, on how social media has impacted the watch industry: “How do people wear your watch? How do they accessorize it? Showcase your product with activities people can recognize and encourage them to share that with you.”

The Museum at FIT (MFIT)

Nelson Mandela
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, on the iconic “madiba” shirts worn by Nelson Mandela, which are the subject of a new exhibition at MFIT: “The fact that Mandela really preferred these shirts seems to me a rejection of Western conventions of power and a sign of his bonds with all those people in Africa and Asia who struggled against colonialism and political oppression.”

Claire McCardell
Patricia Mears, deputy director, MFIT, on designer Claire McCardell: “McCardell made clothes for real working women of many classes. Aside from making things that were practical, she found a way to cut the garments so you could customize how to wear it on your own body.”

Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion

Mandela: The Inspirational Style of a Revolutionary Statesman and World Leader

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