FIT in the News – March 2024

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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 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. During the final segment, a surprise on-air announcement that each designer would be featured as an “Image Maker” in the March 2024 issue of InStyle magazine.

School of Business and Technology

     Fashion Business Management Adidas Overstock
Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, on Adidas overstock: “It impacted their gross margins, it impacted their revenue and it impacted their product, their profitability immediately. They still are trying to unload the Yeezy-branded merchandise.”

School of Art and Design

     Fashion Design

Harper’s Bazaar (United Kingdom): Craft Fashions
Kenneth D. King, adjunct, Fashion Design, on craft fashions: “The people who practice the craft to create these luxury goods aren’t visible and are regarded as secondary to the process. The real work of creating couture — pattern making, construction, tailoring, couture embellishments — seems to be left out of the picture.”

The Museum at FIT (MFIT)

Fashion History Experts

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, MFIT

The Associated Press: Jock Straps
On the jock strap: “Once it came in, it had the potential to become an eroticized piece of male underwear, which was unusual because it was really women’s underwear, predominantly, that became eroticized because women were thought of as, you know, THE sex and things were seen from the sort of heterosexual male viewpoint.”

The Washington Post: Iris Apfel
On the fashion icon Iris Apfel: “She has a look of excess. Everything is a little bit over-the-top, and yet it all works together. She taught us you can be creative and fantastic at whatever stage in life you are.”

WWD: International Talent Support (ITS) contest awards
On the ITS awards: “I think there’s more of a sense among them that it’s an artistic field that they are in, and they’re not always so pretentious as to say ‘I’m an artist,’ but they do feel that fashion is something which is a creative, artistic field. And so they want to still be able to follow their own creative turns, the way, say, a painter would, or a musician. There’s much more sense therefore of mining their own life histories of personal interests.”

NSS Magazine: How to be a fashion curator
On how to be a fashion curator: “People have to be very, very self-directed because this is an extremely competitive field.”

MFIT Exhibitions

Statement Sleeves
The New Yorker
Arts in the City (CUNY TV)
Philippine Star Life

Untying the Bow
Fast Company
WNYC – All of It
Roanoke News

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