Fall 2014

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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…

Handbag Designers Take DENYC Prize

In September, a panel of 14 fashion industry executives—including designer Amsale Aberra ’83 and Pamela Baxter, president and CEO for perfumes and cosmetics at LVMH and president of Christian Dior Couture—awarded sisters Bita and Rouzita Vahhabaghai, owners of ITA Collection, with $25,000 to implement the business plan they presented at the capstone event of Design…

CONFERENCE EXPLORED TEXTILE TRENDS:
FIT’s first Summer Institute digs deep into sustainable fashion

They came from Eileen Fisher and Harley-Davidson, from the University of Kentucky, Purdue, and India’s National Institute of Fashion Technology. All told, more than 30 academics and industry professionals from four continents studied at FIT for a week in June, participating in the first annual Summer Institute on Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles. They learned…

Couture Council Honors Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera, a designer “whose name is synonymous with elegance and grace,” in the words of President Joyce F. Brown, won the 2014 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion on September 3. Guests at the star-studded luncheon included Dennis Basso ’73, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan, Anna Wintour, Lucy Liu, and…

FIT Wins International Prize…Again

For the second consecutive year, a team of four students in the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology won the Retail Futures Challenge, an international competition that takes place at the annual World Retail Congress, which was held in Paris September 29 to October 1. Victoria Kulesza, Fashion Merchandising Management ’16; Paula…

Global Goes Local

The Global Fashion Management master’s program gathers students from three schools—Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Institut Français de la Mode in Paris, and FIT—for intensive ten-day seminarsin each city. The collaborative program studies manufacturing in Hong Kong, luxury markets in Paris, and marketing in New York; the seminars enable students to meet and form lasting global…

JEANETTE DUNN KENDALL, PATTERNMAKING TECHNOLOGY

JEANETTE DUNN KENDALL, PATTERNMAKING TECHNOLOGY , started Success In Style, which has provided free business wardrobes to thousands of low-income jobseekers: single mothers, survivors of domestic violence, refugees, and others. The nonprofit, based in Savage, MD, now has five locations, plus three resale boutiques to fund them, including a popular secondhand bridal shop.