FIT in the News – May 1, 2023

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.

Future of Fashion Celebration and Honors
FIT’s Future of Fashion Celebration and Honors, hosted by supermodel and entrepreneur Ashley Graham, will honor notable fashion industry leaders Victor Glemaud and Karlie Kloss. For the first time this event is being combined with the annual Future of Fashion runway show which will feature looks from Fashion Design BFA program graduates. The event will benefit the FIT Foundation, which helps nurture the next generation of FIT students by facilitating programs, developing new initiatives, and providing scholarships.

A press release distributed via PR Newswire had more than 420 pickups including:

Associated Press
KTLA (Los Angeles)

Additional coverage was featured in:

Fashion United
Luxury Daily

Red Bras
Jada Schumacher, professor, Communication Design Pathways, on wearing a red bra beneath a white shirt: “If something is too dark or too light, you can really see it. People who have darker skin tones could use a burgundy or darker wine [bra] color. For someone who is medium toned, like me, a middle-range, true red works. And people who are lighter will need a less strong color with more lightness in it.”

The New York Times

Quiet Luxury
Patricia Mears, deputy director, The Museum at FIT (MFIT), on the idea of understated luxury: “People with real money and power have always done this, at least in the United States. We have this sort of WASP culture, Protestant culture, that turns away from maximalism.

Associated Press

Melissa Marra-Alvarez, curator of education and research, MFIT, also commented on the quiet luxury trend: “Over the course of fashion history different waves of pared down, reductive, or minimalist styles have surfaced, often following periods of loud, exuberant or maximalist fashion.”

South China Morning Post

Karl Lagerfeld
Su Ku, chair, Fashion Design, on the legacy of designer Karl Lagerfeld: “Karl Lagerfeld was able to transform transgressive elements into edgy style. He was able to merge and create a new set of visual identities that became his own fashion.”

The Wall Street Journal

Vasilios Christofilakos, assistant professor, Accessories Design, on the wallet: “The wallet is going to be a piece that we’re going to be seeing in museums and exhibits.”

The Wall Street Journal

Fashionable Cat
Kathlin Argiro, adjunct professor, MFA Fashion Design, on the late Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette: “Choupette was a phenomenon. Karl Lagerfeld wasn’t really perceived as a warm and fuzzy person, so it made it incredibly ironic that he basically fell in love with Choupette and she did become his furry muse which kind of humanized him which was sort of lovely.”

Clothing Rentals
Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, on clothes rental services: “We’re in an inflationary environment. [Renting means] you can stretch and increase your purchasing power, if you choose wisely.”

Legacy of Mary Quant
Valerie Steele on the legacy of iconic designer Mary Quant: “The fact that the miniskirt keeps coming back as a fashion trend every few years is a testimony to how powerful that image was. She’s not the only one who created it. But she was seminal in creating this image of it being a London and Youthquake development. That’s been entered into fashion history.”


FIT’s Sustainable Business and Design Conference: Ideas at Work
FIT’s 17th annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference provides a platform for collaboration and discussion throughout the creative industries, highlighting advances in sustainable design and thought leadership. Environmental and social challenges and potential solutions are explored through innovative student projects, cross-institutional research, and industry partnerships. The event closed with a conversation with FIT’s Sustainability Ambassador Amber Valetta.

WWD (article one)
WWD (article two)

Stealth Wealth
Cathleen Sheehan, professor, MFA Fashion Design, on the ‘stealth wealth’ look as popularized on TV programs like Succession: “It’s things that are understated and polished. They’re not saying, ‘look at me,’ but it’s more like, ‘look a little closer in order to really see what’s going on.’ You have to study it. It’s like when you’re sitting in a waiting room or on an airplane and you find yourself studying someone and looking closer at their sweater or shoes. It’s the care and the materials, and if you’re in the fashion business, you might recognize some of the pieces.”


Drippy’s Water Adventure
Four undergraduate and two graduate Illustration students created Drippy’s Water Adventure, a lively coloring book, published by New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection, to educate elementary school students about the city’s water system. The story follows Drippy, a water droplet, on a journey from upstate watersheds through New York City’s homes and wastewater treatment plants. The book will be distributed to elementary schools around the city. 

The Museum at FIT (MFIT)

Moda Hoy: Latin American and Latinx Fashion Design Today
Press releases in both English and Spanish were distributed via PRNewswire and had more than 180 pickups including:
Luxury Daily
La Prensa Hispana
Siempre Mujer
Univision Canada
Today’s Chronic
Fashion United

Additional coverage appeared in Elle (Mexico)

Designing Women: Fashion Creators and Their Interiors
New School Free Press

Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop Style
Harper’s Bazaar (Brazil)

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