FIT in the News – February 2024

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 by clicking on the links below.

MFA in Fashion Design

NBC’s Today: Design the Look

NBC’s TODAY with Hoda & Jenna, in celebration of fashion month and fashion education, partnered exclusively with FIT on a new, weeklong series: Hoda and Jenna’s “Design the Look.” Custom looks for the hosts were unveiled every day, created by six recent FIT Fashion Design MFA graduates, including a set of twins. This marks the first time the show has collaborated with a college on a special series.  Below are the links to each individual designers segment:

Papa Oppong
Deborah Won
Valeria Watson
Anthony Oyer
Cristina and Margarita Ng Ng

Additional coverage appeared on:

Enrollment Management and Student Success

     International Recruitment

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Richard S. Sunday, director of admissions and strategic recruitment, FIT, participated in a virtual forum on the competitive international admissions market.

School of Business and Technology                                                                                    

     Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing

CNBC: Axe Body Spray
Stephen Kanlian, professor, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, was interviewed by CNBC about the lasting popularity of Axe Body Spray: “They were moving the needle maybe a little too far in terms of the brand pivot. That’s a lot for a brand with that strong a DNA in the marketplace to achieve in that short period of time.” Legacy Beauty Brands
lldiko Juhasz, assistant professor, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, on legacy beauty brands: “In a lot of ways, besides for a couple of products, it’s not always an incredibly loyal category and that you’re going to stay there for years and years and years.”

School of Art and Design

     Advertising and Marketing Communications

Inc.: The Taylor Swift Effect
Albert Romano, chair, Advertising and Marketing Communications, on the Taylor Swift effect on the Super Bowl: “I think it’s going to set a record this year.  It’s going to have a big effect on the Swifties.”

     Textile Development and Marketing

CBS Sports: New Baseball Uniforms
Sean Cormier, chair, Textile Development and Marketing, on the new, sheer, MLB uniforms: “You want the players focusing on that 96-mph fastball coming right at them, not whether fans can read their brand of underwear. This has got to be fixed.”

New York Magazine’s The Strategist: Towel absorbency
Preeti Arya, assistant professor, Textile Development and Marketing, on towels absorbency: “Cotton is the king of absorbency.”

Women’s Health: Leggings
Preeti Arya, assistant professor, Textile Development and Marketing, contributed her expertise to a shopper’s guide to the best leggings.

     Fashion Business Management

Gothamist: NYC Fashion Week
Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, on NYC Fashion Week: “Participating in Fashion Week says that you are serious about your craft, [but] in terms of financial benefits, that’s a different conversation.”

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

     Foreign Languages

Teen Vogue: Mob Wife Aesthetic
Rebecca Bauman, associate professor, Italian, on the current ‘mob wife’ aesthetic trend: “Fashion houses with roots in Southern Italian aesthetics, such as Versace and Dolce & Gabbana, and their materials, patterns, and silhouettes are the same ones that are found within the mob wife aesthetic.”

The Museum at FIT (MFIT)

Fashion History Experts

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT

The New York Times: Claude Montana
On the late designer Claude Montana: “He was a great, great designer, but he had demons.”

The Washington Post: Stabbed Collars
On the stabbed collar trend: “Safety pins were piercing skin and fabric, which was of course seen as very, very aggressive.”

MR-Mag: Balaclavas
On the return of the balaclava: “Whenever we see a trend like this, it’s always a perfect storm of partially related causes. People have gotten comfortable covering their faces and wearing masks because of Covid.”

Patricia Mears, deputy director, MFIT

Vogue: The New Look
On Théâtre de la Mode as depicted in the TV series The New Look: “The French were very smart about this. It was a real problem, trying to get materials, so what is one sort of economical way to create a whole array of fashions without that much material being needed? Dolls.”

Colleen Hill, curator of costume and accessories, MFIT

L’Officiel: ‘90s Fashions
On fashions from the 1990s: “Although in fashion is inarguably important, so, too, is clothing that has a place in everyday life. This was especially significant during the 1990s, as fashion was coming off a flight of fancy that had left the average woman wondering where she (and her wardrobe) fit in.”

Elizabeth Way, associate curator of costume, MFIT Redressing American Fashion
Elizabeth Way delivered a talk entitled “Talking About Race Matters: Redressing American Fashion: Black Designers in the 19th and 20th Centuries” at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum.

MFIT Exhibitions

Statement Sleeves
Guest of a Guest

Untying the Bow
T: The New York Times Style Magazine

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