Archive for November, 2014

HER AIM IS TRUE:
Half a century after opening her own firm, Babette Wiener Pinsky, Apparel Design ’62, stays faithful to her vision

  The story of the fashion label Babette is remarkable: Babette Wiener Pinsky started the company in 1968 to create funky-yet-wearable clothes. Forty-six years later, she’s still designing, and you don’t have to squint to see the sophisticated, modernist style in her fashions. The $11 million concern has 100 employees and eight stores nationally, plus…

ON POINT:
From pointe shoes to Halston, a show at The Museum at FIT explores how dance and fashion have influenced each other

Dance fever has swept the fashion world. Not one, but four high-fashion designers will debut costumes for new works at the New York City Ballet’s fall gala, including the elegant Carolina Herrera and the quirky young Brit Mary Katrantzou. (Thom Browne, known for his playful deconstructions of all-American prep, and Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton round…

SELLING POINTS:
FIT sets the curve with a new conference about omni-retailing, a strategy that blends the in-store and online experience

“The way customers define service has changed,” Pete Nordstrom, executive vice president and president of merchandising of Nordstrom, said at FIT’s First Annual Symposium on Omni Retailing on April 3. “They used to want a high-touch experience. Now they value speed and convenience. We let them buy what they want when they want it.” Omni-retailing—providing…

True Stories of Fakes

Designers have struggled against knockoffs for more than a century. Learn about these intellectual-property battles at Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits, on view in The Museum at FIT’s Fashion and Textile History Gallery from December 2, 2014, to April 25, 2015. The show, organized by Assistant Curator Ariele Elia, features the originals and imitations…

FIT Remembers

FIT notes the passing of two faculty members, each with more than three decades of service to the college: Professor Emeritus Julius “Julie” Panero, former chair of the Interior Design Department, died June 6. He taught at FIT from 1959 to 1994 and was instrumental in the founding of the BFA program. Jack Barschi, professor…

Students Help Build a “Bottle School” in Guatemala

In August, five Interior Design students, along with Associate Professor Carmita Sanchez-Fong, helped build a school in the Guatemalan village of Chidonjuan, using 6,000 plastic bottles. The bottles are filled with inorganic trash, attached to chicken wire connected to a wood frame, then covered in concrete. The project was organized by Hug It Forward, a…

A Towering Achievement

Here’s one for the record books: Stan Munro, Marketing: Fashion and Related Industries ’92, earned a Guinness World Record for “tallest toothpick structure” for his 16-foot replica of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It’s part of Toothpick World, Munro’s traveling exhibition of more than 60 toothpick constructions, built at 1:164 scale, modeling…

Quick Read

FIT alumni earn the highest mid-career salaries—an average of $71,000—among graduates of schools that offer two-year degrees, according to a report by PayScale, a company with a database of more than 40 million salary profiles. Nine full-time faculty members joined FIT this fall, including seven classroom faculty members. Visit fitnyc.edu/newfaculty to learn about their work.…

MFIT Director Honored Twice

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT, won the 2014 Millia Davenport Publication Award from the Costume Society of America for A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk (Yale University Press, 2013). She was also named to the Business of Fashion’s BoF500 list, an index of fashion’s…

Reducing Our Impact

The week of September 14, FIT joined the ranks of dozens of American colleges in observing No Impact Week, an effort to educate students about reducing their environmental footprint. The idea originated with Colin Beavan, “No Impact Man,” who spoke at FIT in 2012 about his yearlong effort to create zero environmental impact. FIT’s Sustainability…