Archive for April, 2015

Chalk a Block

In the fall, for the second year in a row, 45 Illustration students and 10 alumni created chalk murals on the exterior of the Pomerantz Center, impressing passersby with all manner of subjects, including an anxious ostrich, a galloping grim reaper, and an epically messy cheeseburger. Rather than drawing with chalk sticks, most students painted…

Kimora Lee Simmons Funds Scholarships

Designer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Kimora Lee Simmons has established a $1 million scholarship fund, half of which will be used to provide 85 FIT scholarships over five years for first-year students from underrepresented groups. The former CEO and creative director of Baby Phat announced the fund at an October 21 FIT event with President Joyce…

Rep. Maloney Lauds Fashion Industry at FIT

U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney chose FIT as the site of a February 6 press conference to announce a report that she developed with the congressional Joint Economic Committee, showing that New York Fashion Week contributes $856 million to the metropolitan area, more than the U.S. Open ($700 million), last year’s Super Bowl ($500 million),…

Student Wins “Horror Story” Design Contest

Yekaterina Burmatnova, Fashion Design ’17, Fashion Merchandising Management ’11, won a contest in the fall to design a costume inspired by the circus-themed fourth season of the hit FX show American Horror Story. The 800 submissions were judged by Lou Eyrich, the show’s head costume designer; Stephanie Gibbons, president of marketing and on-air promotions for…

Students Invited to Clinton Global Initiative University

This year, two Textile Development and Marketing students participated in the Clinton Global Initiative University, an organization that brings young people together to take action on some of the world’s most pressing problems. The students, Lydia Baird and Willa Tsokanis, presented an innovative proposal at this year’s conference, March 6 to 8 at the University…

Made in NYC

City Source New York, a biannual expo in the John E. Reeves Great Hall, connects designers with more than 50 local patternmakers, sample shops, trims manufacturers, embroiderers, and other companies to help them produce their goods in New York City. The expo is particularly useful for small fashion companies and emerging designers who might need…

A Scholar Among Us

Wen “Jenny” Zhao, an eighth-semester Textile Develop-ment and Marketing student from Sydney, Australia, won a $30,000 Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship from the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund. The Geoffrey Beene Foundation underwrites four such scholarships annually to encourage “gifted and enterprising young people to pursue careers in design, merchandising, retailing, and business,” according to the YMA…

Quick Read

FIT was ranked number six in Fashionista.com’s 2014 ranking of the “Top 50 Fashion Schools in the World,” up three spots from 2013. President Joyce F. Brown was appointed to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Fashion Working Group, which is developing an action plan to support and grow New York City’s fashion industry. “Eight Insanely Cool…

IRVING GEDULDIG
Scientific Management ’49

IRVING GEDULDIG has sold industrial sewing machines and other automatic devices for the home textiles industry for 62 years. He began working when he was 13 at his father’s dress factory on 26th Street. After FIT, he was employed briefly in New Bedford, MA, then opened Irving Geduldig, Inc., on 25th Street in Manhattan. He…

LAURA ASSUMA PARISI
Fashion Design ’76

LAURA ASSUMA PARISI is a “food shaman” who has studied integrative nutrition and Chinese and ayurvedic medicine. She helps clients explore their relationship with food, their bodies, and their health. “It’s not just about eating broccoli and whole grains and quinoa,” she explains. “It’s also about learning how to eat not from imitation or habit…