FIT in the News – August 24, 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.

Reinventing the Tank Top
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT) on the tanktop: “It’s such a great vernacular piece of clothing. It has an allure because of this whole macho, Marlon Brando kind of feeling, and then, also, a very strong butch lesbian feeling to it. So it’s vernacular clothing with a strong sexual charge, and that’s somewhat transgressive.”

Airline Travel
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, offered her take on airline travel: “Airline travel used to be glamorous.”

Class of 2022
Recent FIT Class of 2022 Fashion Design graduate Monica Palucci discussed her thoughts on the fashion industry, and what’s next with her career.

Underwear Buyers Guide
Jaclyn Fredenburg, adjunct instructor, Fashion Design, on the underwear brand Chantelle:  “They use really high-quality fabrics and have a good selection of styles with elevated details.”

Couture Council Luncheon
The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT will honor Maria Grazia Chiuri, creative director of women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear, and accessories collections for Dior, with its 2022 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion at a luncheon on Wednesday, September 7. Heralding the arrival of New York Fashion Week, the annual fall event benefits MFIT, New York’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the art of fashion.

NY Social Diary

Rebranding Shopping Malls
Ann Cantrell, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, on how shopping malls are attempting to rebrand: “[Malls] have to change a lot of things, like how they measure success, in terms of profitability and what it means for businesses to be successful.”

Style Snapshot
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, discusses her style, including the most cherished item in her closet.

Mildew Prevention
Preeti Arya, assistant professor, Textile Development and Marketing, on how to prevent mildew and mold from growing on your laundry: “Even if one spore sticks, they start growing.”


Issey Miyake
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, on the legacy of the late designer Issey Miyake: “Issey Miyake was one of the most important designers of our time — for men, as well as for women. He began by designing avant-garde fashion for women, but his emphasis on the beauty of functionality led to growing success with menswear.”

The Museum at FIT (MFIT)

Shoes: Anatomy, Identity, Magic

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