Spring 2015

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…

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…