FIT in the News – February 18, 2022

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.

Social Justice Center
President Joyce F. Brown spoke about the recently launched Social Justice Center at FIT: “At the end of the day, it really isn’t going to make much of a difference if we create the pipeline and the pathway and we do all of these things for these young people and we send them immediately into a culture that has really only created obstacles in the past.”

FIT’s Annual Awards Gala
FIT’s Annual Awards Gala, benefiting the FIT Foundation, will honor a group of multifaceted visionaries whose achievements create purpose-driven, sustainable solutions for the new creative economy: television and film producer Debra Martin Chase; FIT alumna Brandice Daniel, founder and CEO of Harlem’s Fashion Row and an advisory council member of the Social Justice Center at FIT; Aerin Lauder, founder of AERIN and style and image director of Estée Lauder; and Serena Williams, 23-time Grand Slam champion and entrepreneur.

The black-tie gala will take place Wednesday, April 13, at The Shed in New York City and will be hosted by FIT alumni Nina Garcia, ELLE editor-in-chief and Project Runway judge, and Michael Kors, chief creative officer of the Michael Kors brand.
USA Today
Footwear News
Luxury Daily

Additionally, a press release distributed via PRNewswire had over 350 pickups, including,,,, and dozens of affiliate station websites for CBS, NBC, FOX, and ABC.

Karma’s World
FIT students designed a 50-piece fashion-forward children’s collection for licensing partners to incorporate across a range of consumer categories for Netflix’s Karma’s World, in partnership with 9 Story Media Group, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges’ entertainment media company, and FIT’s D Tech Lab. Designs include jumpsuits, jackets, sweatsuits, dresses, swimsuits, and footwear. The first product is set to launch later this year.

History of Denim
Valerie Steele, director, The Museum at FIT, and Emma McClendon, adjunct, Fashion & Textile Studies, discussed the history of denim on the long-running PBS series American Experience.

Riveted: The History of Jeans on American

Black History Month Windows
In honor of Black History Month, five Black FIT students had the honor of designing windows for Macy’s Herald Square. The theme, “Black Brilliance,” is expressed through the minds of these creatives studying Fashion Design, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design, and Graphic Design.

Supply Chain Issues
Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, on supply chain issues: “At every step of the way, you’ve got some hiccups in the supply chain. And I’m just going, to be frank, this is not a one-off. This will not be fixed this year.”

Scripps Media

Natasha Degen, chair, Art Market Studies, on how NFT’s are impacting the art market: “The art market is always looking for a new territory to expand into and the NFT world is like the perfect gateway drug. Anyone involved in a market like NFTs that is so volatile and speculative would have an easy time transitioning to the art world where those same dynamics occur. “
The New York Times International Edition

New York Fashion Week
Nicole Benefield, assistant professor, Fashion Design, appeared as a guest on NY1 News Mornings on 1, where speaking about New York Fashion Week.


The Museum at FIT (MFIT)
Reinvention and Restlessness: Fashion in the Nineties

W (Italy) (France)

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