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The French Connection

The late ’50s and early ’60s was one of the most groundbreaking periods in fashion history, an era of relaxed, youthful designs. Many books and exhibitions about the era position London as the center of innovation, but Paris also played a significant role. Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968, in The Museum at FIT from February 10 to…

A Mental Map of Venice

Venice Re-Mapped, an installation by Johannes Knoops, associate professor of Interior Design, was shown from May to November 2016 at Time/Space/Existence, at the Palazzo Mora, a Venice art gallery. The exhibition was a collateral event at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture, which is considered the most important international exchange of architectural concepts. Fascinated by…

A Tour of Jewish History in the Garment District

In Daniel Levinson Wilk’s course New York City and the Invention of America, which examines capitalism in the city through the 19th and 20th centuries, students lead tours that delve into a slice of the past. Levinson Wilk, associate professor of American History, believes that developing a walking tour is a model for writing essays:…

IN LIVING COLOR
A photographic collection by Angelina D’Auguste ’15

These striking portraits of people with albinism of different ages and ethnicities by Angelina D’Auguste, Photography ’15, were among the works in a wide range of media displayed in the annual School of Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition in May. “These photographs are documentary but also highly staged,” D’Auguste said. “I wanted to show…

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…

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…