ON THE COVER
Fall 2016

Lights, glamour, action! This brush-and-ink drawing of FIT’s Future of Fashion runway show was created by faculty member and alumnus Bil Donovan. He paints quickly and with a light touch, then scans each layer and assembles them in Illustrator. The resulting composites vibrate with spontaneity and exuberance. Check out the cover story here to see…

MR. PERSONALITY
Talent, savvy, and charm prove a winning combination for Dennis Basso, Fashion Buying and Merchandising ’73

Dennis Basso ’73 is living his best life. Well into his fourth decade in business, the designer has a brand-new flagship boutique on Madison Avenue and a fashion empire that includes the highest of high-end furs, ready-to-wear, and a robust mass-market QVC collection. His roster of fabulous clients spans Washington power players (Hillary Clinton), New…

HUMAN/NATURE
In an interdisciplinary course, students focus their cameras on New York’s natural environment

The New York area, one of the most urban environments on the planet, includes a range of areas where animals and plants survive—and sometimes thrive—despite the pollution, crowding, noise, and loss of natural habitat. Two FIT professors—marine mammal ecologist and SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Dr. Arthur Kopelman, who has studied whale and seal populations off…

CROWN JEWELS
Many members of New York’s Milliners Guild are FIT alumni. Hue asked noted photographer Amy Lombard ’12 to shoot a photo essay about them

Great hatmakers are the unicorns of the fashion world. Not just anyone can turn out a top-notch toque. Every master milliner is also, in some way, a genius. One warm summer evening, this formulation played out when members of the Milliners Guild and their pals came to City Lore, a small storefront space on First…

FUTURE OF FASHION, REIMAGINED
Artist, alumnus, and Illustration faculty member Bil Donovan ’78 takes us behind the scenes of FIT’s annual fashion show

It was a long journey to the runway. Students who hoped to present their garments in FIT’s annual BFA runway show, the Future of Fashion, underwent a grueling process—sketching, draping, sewing. And sometimes starting all over again. During the spring semester, graduating Fashion Design students worked with industry critics to perfect their pieces. Finally, professionals…

A CHAMPION FOR DIVERSITY IN FASHION
With Harlem’s Fashion Row, Brandice Henderson Daniel, International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries, helps designers of color break into a very white industry

The call went out early this summer for designers of color to apply for the chance to present their fashions gratis during New York Fashion Week in September. Who could turn that down? By simply applying, designers who likely could not get a Condé Nast editrix or an Italian blogger to return their DM, let…

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS
How Jennifer Hack Swanson, Marketing: Fashion and Related Industries ’91, turns Kobi Halperin’s sketches into elegant, wearable clothes

In December, Jennifer Swanson was at a factory in China reviewing the Israeli designer Kobi Halperin’s spring 2016 collection. Swanson fit each garment on the company’s custom dress form, ensuring that embellishments, lace trims, and layers of silk draped properly. She noticed that the side seams of one jet-black pleated skirt looked unflattering. There wasn’t…

COMMENCEMENT BY THE NUMBERS
This year’s graduation at a glance

Two ceremonies. Sixteen speakers. Four honorary degrees. FIT’s 71st annual commencement, held May 19 at Javits Center North (which spans two acres), was a momentous celebration for 4,247 graduating students and their families and friends. Hue tallied some of the most impressive figures. The numbers don’t lie—but then again, nor do the jubilant smiles. Click…