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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…

FIT Gala Celebrates Industry and Students

FIT’s 2014 gala, on June 9, drew more than 600 of fashion’s boldface names to Cipriani 42nd Street and raised more than $2.5 million for the college’s Educational Development Fund. On view in the festive space were fabulous feathered creatures that Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design students had created. Their extraordinary work set the stage…

Quick Read

President Joyce F. Brown’s new blog, “On My Mind” (blog.fitnyc.edu/onmymind), offers her thoughts on higher education, her hopes for FIT, and her reflections on the news and issues of the day; it is also an opportunity to engage the FIT community in conversation. David Hamilton ’14, president of the FIT Student Association, and Brian Williams…

Stamp-ede!

To create the U.S. Postal Service’s commemorative stamps, a tradition dating back to 1893, stamp art directors hire artists whose work matches their vision. Three Illustration faculty members recently served as stamp artists: Rudy Gutierrez, adjunct instructor, designed a Jimi Hendrix stamp; William Low, assistant professor, created a poinsettia stamp for Christmas as well as…

A Whale of a Table

Every year, interior designers, architects, and others create imaginative dining environments to benefit Dining By Design, a fundraiser for DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. For the 2014 event, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design majors Angel Chang, Gabriella Gambino, Jae Min Song, and Robyn Williamson, all class of 2014, created an award-winning student entry based…

Going Greener Faster

A $3.2 million grant to FIT from the Accelerated Conservation and Efficiency program of the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services has enabled three energy-efficient upgrades at the college: a new air-handling unit that can be turned down in the evenings, new hot-water heaters in the academic buildings, and an upgrade to a…

LOT-EK Wins FIT’s Israel Prize

The Interior Design Department awarded Ada Tolla and Guiseppe Lignano, founding partners of the architecture firm LOT-EK (pronounced low-tech), the 2014 Lawrence Israel Prize, given annually to an individual or firm whose ideas and work enrich students’ studies. The principals spoke at FIT on April 22 about their innovative, sustainable approach to construction and materials…

A Proliferation of Student Art

Anyone wandering the college’s lobbies, hallways, and gathering spaces in May saw an impressive diversity of artwork created by graduating students in FIT’s 17 Art and Design majors. See more images on our blog, Hue Too (blog.fitnyc.edu/huetoo).