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A MILESTONE YEAR FOR DESIGN ENTREPRENEURS NYC
Interviews with the innovative program’s executive in residence and the 2015 winners

For the past four summers, the free, intensive Design Entrepreneurs NYC program, a collaboration between FIT and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, has taught emerging designers how to grow their brands. Over three weekends, students learn how to put together a business plan, balance their books, and pitch their work with authority and…

MENSWEAR’S BEST FRIEND

We’ve heard of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but Menswear Dog, an Instagram sensation with more than 200,000 followers, is a whole other animal (in a way cooler wardrobe). In 2013, Yena Kim, Fashion Design ’11, and her husband, David Fung, landed a record number of Facebook likes for a shot of Bodhi, their shiba…

THE SOUL OF A SPACE
Renowned hospitality designer Tony Chi, Interior Design ’79, enriches guests’ inner lives

Video Slideshow: Tony Chi talks about hospitality and design in these three exclusive short videos.     “Every building has some soul in it,” Tony Chi ’79 says. “When you go in, the building will tell you what it wants to be.” An internationally celebrated hotel and restaurant designer, principal and founder of TonyChi and Associates, Chi…

SHOW AND TELL
Top selections from the Future of Fashion show

Each year, noted designers lend their expertise to graduating BFA Fashion Design students during their final semester as they prepare for the annual runway show. These professionals work with the students in their classrooms throughout the semester to critique their work and to select the most exceptional garments for coveted Critic Awards. Here are this…

MADE IN NEW YORK
A grant from the CFDA helped these alumni upgrade their Garment District factory

Believe it or not, the factory pictured here is just up the street from FIT, on 38th Street in the Garment District. Sunrise Studio takes on small production runs—generally a couple hundred units—for such established designers as Calvin Klein Collection, Donna Karan’s Urban Zen, and Marc Jacobs, as well as emerging designers including Jonathan Cohen…

GLOVE STORY
When a big-budget movie needed a high-tech glove, Stacia Lang ’84 lent a hand

A skilled artisan can make quality gloves in a few hours. Building the custom-designed pair for Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowskis’ 2015 tentpole, on the other hand, took two months, enlisting ten people. Stacia Lang, Fashion Design ’84, a top specialty costumer in Hollywood, was in charge. The gloves, worn by Channing Tatum’s werewolf character, perform…

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…