Archive for April, 2015

Meet the Alumni Working at Haddad Brands

In the fall, FIT’s Office of Alumni Relations hosted an evening reception at the midtown headquarters of Haddad Brands to celebrate the more than 40 alumni who work there. The company produces licensed children’s wear under the Levi’s, Nike, Jordan, Hurley, and Converse brands; Sam Haddad, its principal, is a director of the FIT Foundation.…

DRAWING ON THE PAST
A Tribute to Fashion Design-Art faculty member Harvey Boyd by Carol Gantos, Fashion Design ’87

It’s been more than 20 years since Associate Professor Harvey Boyd’s premature passing, at the age of 52, but I still remember the first day of his Fashion Design portfolio class. It was a pressure cooker full of students aspiring to fame. And what does he write on the chalkboard? “Nurturing Creativity.” From that moment…

Getting the Look

Between 1968 and 1986, iconic actress Lauren Bacall, who died in 2014, donated 700 of her garments to The Museum at FIT. This spring, the graduating class in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice MA program presented Lauren Bacall: The Look, an exhibition exploring her career and style. “She was relaxed and…

FIT Video Library Is Available Online

FIT Archive on Demand (blog.fitnyc.edu/archiveondemand) is an online video resource curated by the Gladys Marcus Library that provides access to recent lectures, events, and exhibitions at the college. Highlights include alumna Tae Smith, Museum Studies: Costume and Textiles ’04, discussing costumes for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby; an autobiographical oral history by former Vogue editor…

Fresh Points of View

For the second year in a row, FIT presented New Views, a curated selection of work by FIT’s renowned School of Art and Design faculty in the John E. Reeves Great Hall. The exhibition included more than 90 works, including masks, photographs, collage, interactive media, and apparel. New Views ran from March 7 to 22.…

First Lady Wears an Alumnus’s Design in India

At the start of her trip to India with President Obama on January 25, First Lady Michelle Obama looked stunning in a printed crepe dress and a silk-and-wool cutaway coat from the spring 2015 collection of Bibhu Mohapatra, Fashion Design ’99. “This is a major moment for me and my brand,” he told WWD. “I…

Designing a Decade

Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s, on view at The Museum at FIT through April 18, examines the careers of these two designers, one French, one American, who were enormously influential in shaping the look of the 1970s. Though the two are often considered diametrically opposed—Saint Laurent as a great colorist who imbued…

Addressing Sexual Violence on Campuses

On December 15, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined a panel of activists and educators at FIT to discuss ways to stop sexual assault at colleges. “Too many rapes are taking place on campuses today, and not enough justice is being delivered,” Gillibrand said. “A lot of survivors don’t believe justice is possible.” In response…