FIT in the News – July 10, 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.

Affirmative Action Ruling
FIT President Joyce F. Brown released a statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on affirmative action in higher education. She called the decision “a major setback, not only for higher education but for the progress we seek nationally in creating systems that expand opportunities for access and inclusivity.”

“The mission of higher education is to analyze, articulate and then solve for the critical issues of the day. At FIT, we pride ourselves in cultivating a rich community of diverse voices reflective of varied backgrounds, culture and perspectives — based on different lived experiences. As a member of the State University of New York, one of the largest public university systems in the world and as an urban campus in New York City, one of the most diverse cities in the nation, we have an obligation to maintain an environment that reveres and respects the richness of differing points of view. This is a core value of our mission and vision.”


Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management Capstone Research 2023
Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management (CFMM) Class of 2023 gave its capstone presentation, Beauty in a Shifting Global Landscape, on June 22. The work presented was based on the students’ travels to the United Arab Emirates and India this spring to research emerging markets and new drivers of growth for beauty brands and ways to identify and engage the global consumer over the next decade.

A press release distributed via PRNewswire had 400 pickups including,,, and dozens of affiliate station websites for ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. Additional coverage included:

Beauty Packaging

Unwearable Collection
Fashion Design MFA students, in consultation with world-renowned designer Bart Hess, designed a garment that will be part of his Unwearable Collection, a collaboration with the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim. The collection interprets the devastating impact and unpredictability of a rare skin disease, generalized pustular psoriasis (GPP), through fashion. The new piece brings to life one of the most common experiences of people with GPP: the emotional uncertainty of how it will impact their life each day, and how others will perceive them.

Larissa King, assistant professor, Fashion Design, on SKIMMS, the shapewear and clothing brand co-founded by Kim Kardashian: “A big driver of fashion change is how we want our bodies to look and what kind of silhouette and body shape we think is beautiful at this time. As Kim Kardashian became more widely admired, people wanted really curvy behinds. So our pants got higher, so they did not interrupt that curve on the back, and the focus was on the waist and the curves and hips and rear end.”

Nike returns to Macy’s
Shelley Kohan, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, on Nike apparel returning to Macy’s after more then a year of direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales: “Moving forward, Nike needs to continue its strategic partnerships that build off its digital and DTC businesses.”

Vivienne Westwood
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT (MFIT) appeared as guest on the podcast i-Dentity where she discussed the legacy of late fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.

Yayoi Kusama
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT, on the collaboration between Louis Vuitton and the artist Yayoi Kusama: “The idea was that you weren’t just buying a bag, you were buying a work of art. It was an absolute victory for the brand, but also for the artist, who became world-renowned. It’s only logical that Louis Vuitton has renewed that collaboration, because Kusama has become an avatar of the brand.”

Banana Republic
Patricia Mears, deputy director, MFIT, on Banana Republic’s return to its safari roots: “There was a very strong military component to colonization. “Safari clothing is inspired by military uniforms.”

The Black Fashion Museum
Elizabeth Way, associate curator, MFIT, appeared as a guest on the podcast Articles of Interest where she discussed The Black Fashion Museum.

Articles Of Interest

The Museum at FIT (MFIT)

¡Moda Hoy! Latin American and Latinx Fashion Design Today
W Magazine
WNYW Fox 5 News
City Guide New York
Harlem One Stop
New York Family

Food and Fashion (opens September 13)
A press release distributed via PRNewswire received over 420 pickups, including dozens of affiliate TV station websites from CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox stations.
Coastal Today Magazine

Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop Style

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