FIT in the News – January 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.

Special Projects

     Grace Chen

WWD: “Celebrating Grace Chen: Fashion Show and Conversation,” an event held in the Katie Murphy auditorium featured a live fashion show followed by a 20-minute conversation with Chen moderated by Cathleen Sheehan, chair of the Fashion Design MFA program.  Chen, an FIT alumni, said of her time at FIT: “I feel like I never left. FIT really was a milestone in my life and not just from a professional standpoint.”

     New Academic Building

New York Yimby: An article reporting on the new academic building being constructed on West 28th Street. The building, FIT’s first new academic building in decades, is expected to open for the Fall 2024 semester.

Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS)

Dogster: Pet Product Design and Marketing
A brief overview of FIT’s CCPS program on Pet Product Design notes “As the only pet-specific higher education offering in the world, the FIT program attracts students as far-flung as Japan, Korea, Mexico, South America, Chicago, and Washington D.C.”

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

     Social Sciences

The Guardian (United Kingdom): Sustainable Water Bottles
Daniel Benkendorf, professor, Social Sciences, on reusable water bottles for sustainability: “Young people, especially young women, are more likely than ever to say that a brand’s ethics matter to them and they will only buy from companies whose values align with their own.”

School of Art and Design

     Jewelry Design

The Wall Street Journal: How to Clean Jewelry
Kim Nelson, assistant chair, Jewelry Design, on how to properly care for jewelry: “Generally speaking, the less money you pay for the jewelry, the more you have to be aware of what’s in it.”

The Museum at FIT (MFIT)

     Fashion History Experts

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT

Town & Country: Giorgio Armani
On black tie dress pants made by Giorgio Armani: “He was really a pivotal figure in creating androgynous trousered glamor for the red carpet. He showed how women could be sexy and beautiful, but also powerful and modern.”

Le Monde (France): Fashion Archives
On fashion brands creating their own archives: “Before, brands said to themselves: ‘It’s important to be at the museum exhibition.’ Now, it’s more like: ‘We’re going to check that it’s worth it to lend.’”

Vanity Fair (Italy): Italian Fashion Documentary
Valerie Steele was interviewed for the Sky Originals documentary series airing in Italy Moda, Una rivoluzione italiana.

She the People: Power Dressing
On power dressing for women: “Fashion is probably one of the most immediate forms of visual culture… over time, people have recognized that it provides such a mirror to the way we think, our values and attitudes… The item of clothing that makes us feel powerful is the one that magically makes us look our best in all kinds of circumstances.”

Patricia Mears, deputy director, MFIT

Elle: Extreme Silhouettes
On extreme silhouettes on fashion runways: “I think [the extreme trend] goes hand in hand with body modification and things like adult cosplay.”

MFIT Exhibitions

Statement Sleeves
Luxury Daily
Happening Next
La Fashionerie (France)

Untying the Bow
The Zoe Report

Food & Fashion
Fashion Theory