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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…

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FIT sets the curve with a new conference about omni-retailing, a strategy that blends the in-store and online experience

“The way customers define service has changed,” Pete Nordstrom, executive vice president and president of merchandising of Nordstrom, said at FIT’s First Annual Symposium on Omni Retailing on April 3. “They used to want a high-touch experience. Now they value speed and convenience. We let them buy what they want when they want it.” Omni-retailing—providing…

True Stories of Fakes

Designers have struggled against knockoffs for more than a century. Learn about these intellectual-property battles at Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits, on view in The Museum at FIT’s Fashion and Textile History Gallery from December 2, 2014, to April 25, 2015. The show, organized by Assistant Curator Ariele Elia, features the originals and imitations…

FIT Remembers

FIT notes the passing of two faculty members, each with more than three decades of service to the college: Professor Emeritus Julius “Julie” Panero, former chair of the Interior Design Department, died June 6. He taught at FIT from 1959 to 1994 and was instrumental in the founding of the BFA program. Jack Barschi, professor…

Students Help Build a “Bottle School” in Guatemala

In August, five Interior Design students, along with Associate Professor Carmita Sanchez-Fong, helped build a school in the Guatemalan village of Chidonjuan, using 6,000 plastic bottles. The bottles are filled with inorganic trash, attached to chicken wire connected to a wood frame, then covered in concrete. The project was organized by Hug It Forward, a…

A Towering Achievement

Here’s one for the record books: Stan Munro, Marketing: Fashion and Related Industries ’92, earned a Guinness World Record for “tallest toothpick structure” for his 16-foot replica of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It’s part of Toothpick World, Munro’s traveling exhibition of more than 60 toothpick constructions, built at 1:164 scale, modeling…