FIT in the News – December 2, 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.

Firmenich Establishes Scholarship at FIT
Firmenich has partnered with FIT to establish The Firmenich Foundation Diversity Scholarship. The program, created for BIPOC students, aims to promote equal representation within the college’s undergraduate Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing (CFM) program and includes an internship and professional mentorship. The scholarship also provides tuition assistance for a graduate student in the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management master’s program. “This generous gift from Firmenich will transform the lives of deserving students through extraordinary educational and career opportunities, while helping to ensure that the fragrance industry represents and champions diversity in all its forms,” said FIT President Joyce. F. Brown.

Ballet Style
Patricia Mears, assistant director, The Museum at FIT, commented on Balletcore styles: “The influence of ballet on fashion—specifically practice clothing such as leotards and tights—dates back to the rise of balletomania during the 1930s and 1940s. It was strongly revived during the disco era of the 1970s, long before the term athleisure entered our vocabulary.”

Black Friday Shopping
Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, on black friday: “If you go into the physical store, oftentimes they have additional doorbuster sales because they’re trying to drive traffic.”

The Washington Post

How to Care for Your Clothes
Preeti Arya, assistant professor, Textile Development and Marketing, offers clothing care tips, such as this tip for polyester: “You have to wash it because polyester loves our body oils and odors.”

The Washington Post

FIT X Macys
In a Fashion School Diaries series article for Fashionista, FIT graduate Francesca Bornancini described her experience being selected as the winner of a design contest with Macy’s. Selected by Macy’s as the winner at the 2022 Future of Fashion runway show, her capsule collection is now sold in several of the retailer’s stores.

Horror in Fashion
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT) on horror and its influence on fashion: “Horror is sort of like the color black and fashion — it’s a recurrent theme. There are seasons when horror is more in and other times when it’s not, but it’s always there, lurking like a virus, ready to pop up again.”


Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, on athleisure: “From the late ’90s to the early 2000s, athleisure became a phenomenon in the United States because it was a niche segment of the marketplace where you could target men and women, young and old, to wear this kind of casual, lifestyle, multipurpose fashionable attire.”

Fast Fashion’s Toll
Preeti Arya, assistant professor, Textile Development and Marketing, on the toll that fast fashion can take on the environment: “We have laws within the country but once production takes place offshore, nothing much applies unless the company itself takes responsibility.”

Latin American Fashion
Tanya Melendez Escalante, senior curator of education and public programming, MFIT, appeared as a guest on a podcast discussing Latin American Fashion, the 2023 MFIT exhibition which she is co-curating with Melissa Marra-Alvarez, curator of education and research, MFIT.

La Moda Dice

The Museum at FIT (MFIT)

Designing Women: Fashion Creators and Their Interiors
The Financial Times (United Kingdom) (France) (Germany)

Shoes: Anatomy, Identity, Magic (Spain)

Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop (Opens on February 8)
Grazia USA

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