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.
FIT Campus Safety
For an article on how various companies in New York are handling public safety concerns, it was reported that FIT has enhanced its street lighting, and increased security officers including street patrol ones, who now wear reflective vests for increased visibility. The FIT community is encouraged to be vigilant, careful and observant of their surroundings and to participate in the college’s safety and security programs.
Mural Honors Healthcare Workers
Northwell Health LIJ Forest Hills unveiled two murals, which pay tribute to those lost during the pandemic. The murals were painted by two FIT Illustration MFA students and are located in a site-specific outdoor staff rest area at the hospital that will serve as a memorial garden to honor those lost.
Teaching Fashion History
Raissa Bretaña, adjunct, History of Art, on how to teach fashion history, warts and all: “When I’m teaching students about [Western] designers, I do my best to dismantle the genius narrative. I’ll gratefully acknowledge their accomplishments, but I try my best to show that these designers are not infallible — in fact, many of them were very problematic.”
Military Style Fashions
Valerie Steele, director, The Museum at FIT, on military inspired fashions: “There was such a huge international protest movement against American engagement in Vietnam that you had an interesting phenomenon of people who were against the war who were wearing Army and Navy clothes, not to say we support this war, but rather to be making an anti-war statement.”
Preeti Arya, assistant professor, Textile Development and Marketing, on “sergercore” sewing styles: “It gives people with no practice a lot of freedom. It goes fast, and you don’t have to worry about perfection.”
New York Magazine’s The Strategist
Raissa Bretaña, adjunct, History of Art, appeared as a guest on TCM’s new web-series where she discussed her favorite film fashions, and the designs work in the film Spencer.
120 Years of Fashion History
Kay fashion trends from the past 12 decades are given historical context utilizing FIT’s Fashion History Timeline as a resource.
The Museum at FIT (MFIT)
Asian Americans in New York Fashion: Design, Labor, Innovation
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