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GHOSTS IN THE HOUSE
An anniversary exhibition at the Morris-Jumel Mansion illuminates colonialism’s effect on fashion

It’s a well-worn irony in fashion history circles that Dutch wax-resist textiles, securely identified with West African fashion, were originally neither African nor Dutch. The fabrics, with their vivid colors and distinctive cracked patterns, are in fact based on Indonesian batik prints. In the 19th century, Dutch and British colonial powers mass-produced knockoffs to sell…

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…