FIT in the News – April 5

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The Division of Communications and External Relations is pleased to share FIT in the News, which reports highlights of major 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.

Dr. Joyce F. Brown appeared with FIT alumnus Randy Fenoli on an episode of Say Yes to the Dress that aired March 9 on TLC. In the episode, Fenoli visited an eighth-semester Fashion Design/Special Occasion class and spoke with students.  Forbes.com (March 21) quoted Dr. Brown in an article on the “philanthropic jewelry” created by Joan Hornig, an FIT trustee.

Quest (March issue) listed FIT’s annual gala and Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference, which for the first time, was held conjunctively. The 2019 gala honored visionaries spearheading real change across industries. The conference covered such topics as the workforce of the future, circularity, and exciting innovations in biodesign.

A press release distributed via PR.com (March 28) reported on the FIT/Infor DTech Lab partnership with OnPoint Manufacturing (OPM) and Unique.Fashion that will lay the groundwork for the college to launch its own branded lines of apparel and accessories. FIT will develop a brand and a series of labels designed, marketed, and retailed by students and manufactured using OnPoint’s innovative fit personalization technologies and supply chain strategies. This FIT brand will reflect the creative and intellectual capital of FIT, and will be executed with a wearable avant-garde aesthetic that includes two collections of women’s wear, one targeted at a luxury market and the other a mid-market consumer. The release was picked up by dozens of outlets, including TelemundoBlock.com, RenewableEnergyWorld.com, ApparelResources.com, and dozens of affiliate stations of ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. Additional coverage appeared on Fibre2Fashion.com (March 24).

NBC’s The Today Show (March 21), NYPost.com (March 22),  The New York Post (March 23), and FlowerPowerWithJill.com (April 1) reported on Journey to Paradisios, Macy’s 2019 Flower Show, which runs through April 7. Among the floral displays, seven dresses specifically designed by FIT Fashion Design students are on view at Macy’s flagship 34th Street store.

IAcenter.org (March 21), WWD.com (March 25), and ChelseaNewsNY.com (March 26) reported on the series of talks and events that took place in commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire by the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition and FIT. One on campus event collectively created a ribbon made from individual pieces of fabric brought by participants. The ribbon will be used as the main element of a memorial to be constructed at the site of the tragedy.

Slate.com (March 27) turned to Sean Cormier, associate professor, Textile Development and Marketing, who helped to select “The Best Detergent for Hand-Washing Clothes.”

NPR (March 25) interviewed Shawn Grain-Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, for a story on Rent the Runway entering the home furnishings rental market.

Colleen Hill, curator, Costume and Accessories, The Museum at FIT (MFIT) spoke with Vox.com (March 25) for an article on visibly mending worn garments.

Exhibitionism: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT received coverage on SaysMeSaysMom.com (March 27) and in Spirit Westsider (March 5).