Five Tips for Dressing a Dad Bod

The fashionably flabby physique known as the “dad bod” has made serious inroads in the culture recently. Suddenly, a bit of man pudge is more than forgivable—it’s sexy. Commenters have scrutinized its celebrity exemplars (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jon Hamm, Seth Rogen, and Texas Ranger Prince Fielder), while some say the concept is sexist. (What about mom…

On the Cover: SPRING 2015

Commemorating FIT’s 70th anniversary, this collection of 68 photos from the college’s yearbook, Portfolio, represents a progression from 1946 (top left), the first year the college granted degrees, to 2014 (bottom right). Researcher Julianna Dow, Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice ’08, scoured the decades for the pictures that best captured the styles…

70 YEARS OF FIT
Hue looks back as we move forward

This academic year marks FIT’s 70th anniversary. As institutions go, 70 is relatively young. But the college has come a long way from that tiny trade school back in 1944—100 students in borrowed space in the Central High School of Needle Trades—to the FIT of today, an internationally renowned college with a ten-building campus, nearly…

MAD MEN
FIT’s Take on How Style Tells the Story

Mad Men, the TV show about a Manhattan ad agency in the 1960s—the delight of multitudes of obsessive fans—airs its final seven episodes this spring on AMC. And design enthusiasts are already mourning. Because, despite the complex characters, delicious plot twists, and mordant humor, Mad Men has captivated audiences on another, more surface level: it’s…

FANTASTIC VOYAGES
FIT’s Fulbright Scholars studied all over the world. Here’s what they learned

In the prestigious Fulbright Program, scholars travel around the world to do research and carry out projects that improve understanding between nations. Some grants last a few weeks; others may be extended over years. FIT currently has nine faculty members and administrators who have benefited from various types of Fulbright funding, and who have, in…

A SUIT-ABLE SOLUTION
How wedding-gown expert Jill Andrews, Fabric Styling ’89, Fashion Buying and Merchandising ’87, helped design new Ebola protective gear

Clothes are rarely a matter of life or death, but in the case of Ebola, they can be. The virus, which causes profuse bleeding, is so contagious and lethal that more than 300 health care workers have died of the disease in the past year. Medical personnel wear hazmat suits to prevent contact with patients’…

WATER WORLD
The jaw-dropping underwater photography of Assistant Professor Keith Ellenbogen helps preserve marine wildlife

Keith Ellenbogen’s extraordinary images, featuring endangered animals and plants in marine settings, help the viewer feel connected to the world beneath the sea and to fragile ecosystems worth saving. “I try to show there’s a social, environmental, or conservation angle in photography,” says Ellenbogen, an assistant professor of Photography at FIT. “You begin to care;…

BUYER BEWARE
An assistant curator of Faking It, a show at The Museum at FIT, on how to spot a counterfeit Chanel bag

When Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel designed her “2.55” purse, she created an icon. A very desirable icon. Like a lot of high-end designer merchandise, the bag became a target for imitators and forgers; copies are probably for sale on Canal Street at this very moment. The counterfeit industry nets $600 billion annually, according to independent news…

A FINE FOUNDATION
Laurie Troske Van Brunt, Fashion Buying and Merchandising ’79, is brand president of Soma Intimates

As brand president of Soma, Laurie Troske Van Brunt, Fashion Buying and Merchandising ’79, crafts strategy for this intimates powerhouse. Laurie Van Brunt remembers passing a Dallas store window several years ago and spotting a picture of a model seated atop a washing machine, holding a bra. The idea was a “wash-and-go bra,” but Van…