FIT in the News – October 6, 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.

PETE Prize Awarded
Haley Schwartz was awarded FIT’s first PETE Prize for Entrepreneurs. Her company, Vertige, plans to create fashion-forward adaptive clothing for people with disabilities. The $30,000 award is administered by the FIT DTech Lab to those designs that show excellence in developing fresh, insightful, and creative ideas that demonstrate design-oriented and innovative thinking. Schwartz now has the opportunity to participate in the Entrepreneur’s Incubator Program for one year, where she receives office space at FIT’s new Center for Innovation at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, as well as marketing, legal, financial, creative and operational guidance on how to build and launch an innovative company.

Plus-Size Fashion Design Curriculum
An article explores plus-sized fashion design education at various design colleges and mentions that FIT “has included new plus-size dress forms and optional plus-size pattern making courses for technical design students.”

Sneaker Authentication
Kevin Rivera, adjunct, Footwear and Accessories Design, called the field of sneaker authentication “a form of security.”

Washington Post 

Goth Style
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, on the power of the color black in Goth style: “The meaning of black is so complicated. It’s something very pure and strict, something that’s very erotic, something powerful.”


Why Artists Leave Galleries
Natasha Degen, chair of art market studies, on why some artists choose to leave their galleries:  “Galleries are competing in a different way. Keeping their artists happy not just by facilitating everything with their career, market, practice, and production, but also giving them access to this very nice, comfortable lifestyle.”

Fashion Exhibitions: The Power of Communication
An essay explores the curatorial process behind staging fashion exhibitions at MFIT, with contributions by Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, Patricia Mears, deputy director, MFIT; Colleen Hill, curator of costume and accessories; and Emma McClendon, former associate curator of costume, MFIT. 

ZoneModa Journal

Couture Council Luncheon
The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT honored 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. The award was presented by Samira Nasr, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, during the council’s annual fundraising luncheon, held this year at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 7.

Grazia USA

The Museum at FIT (MFIT)

¡Moda Hoy! Latin American and Latinx Fashion Symposium
CityGuide NY
Hudson Valley One

Shoes: Anatomy, Identity, Magic
New York 1 News

Food and Fashion (opening at MFIT in late 2023)

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