IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS
How Jennifer Hack Swanson, Marketing: Fashion and Related Industries ’91, turns Kobi Halperin’s sketches into elegant, wearable clothes

In December, Jennifer Swanson was at a factory in China reviewing the Israeli designer Kobi Halperin’s spring 2016 collection. Swanson fit each garment on the company’s custom dress form, ensuring that embellishments, lace trims, and layers of silk draped properly. She noticed that the side seams of one jet-black pleated skirt looked unflattering. There wasn’t…

COMMENCEMENT BY THE NUMBERS
This year’s graduation at a glance

Two ceremonies. Sixteen speakers. Four honorary degrees. FIT’s 71st annual commencement, held May 19 at Javits Center North (which spans two acres), was a momentous celebration for 4,247 graduating students and their families and friends. Hue tallied some of the most impressive figures. The numbers don’t lie—but then again, nor do the jubilant smiles. Click…

PROFESSOR PETRUNIA’S FIVE TIPS FOR BETTER PRESENTATIONS

Fear of public speaking is an almost universal human trait. Which is unfortunate, considering that presenting one’s ideas verbally is vital for many careers, especially those in the creative industries. When students are losing sleep about their speeches and presentations, they turn to Matthew Petrunia, associate professor and acting chair of English and Communication Studies.…

ETHEL GALL BAENISCH
Textile Design ’49

Ethel Gall Baenisch retired in 1997 from a 40-year career as an occupational therapist. She freelanced as a textile designer for a few years out of FIT, picking up jobs for Original Designs, Luxite Silk Company, Kopp Textiles, Finn Fabrics, and Stafford Fabrics. She also designed ties for Harry Rubin, which she liked most because…