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  • Deidre Sato
    Dr. Deirdre Sato Named Dean of International Education at FIT

    Dr. Deirdre Sato, whose degrees include an Associate in Applied Science in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), has returned to her alma mater as dean of International Education. Previously, Dr. Sato was director of International Programs and Services at Purchase College. FIT and Purchase are colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system.  

  • FIT Appoints New Full-Time Faculty

    FIT has appointed nine faculty members to full-time positions. Their areas of expertise range from communication design to energy research to textile development and marketing.  

  • Dr. Yasmin Kafai photo
    FIT Faculty Members Learn More About Maker Movement in Education at Mini-Retreat

    The Maker Movement, which is based on an extension of do-it-yourself culture, is “not just on the side for the nerds and the people who like to make things by hand….The Maker Movement is shaping the future of our economy,” Dr. Yasmin Kafai, professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education,, told faculty members and administrators gathered for FIT’s Faculty of the Future Mini-Retreat, held at the college on October 31. Kafai’s keynote address on “The Maker Movement in Higher Education” spoke to the day’s theme: The Maker Movement Revolution in Education, Design, and Business. 

  • Leopard print bra on display
    Patricia Mears Exposes the History of the Bra on 100th Anniversary of Its American Patent

    Necessity truly is the mother of invention, and so it was one evening 100 years ago, when a young socialite who didn’t want to wear a corset under a particularly diaphanous party dress fashioned a soft cup bra out of two handkerchiefs and a bit of ribbon. 

  • Fashion Drawing of a woman leaning against a wall with a suitcase on the floor
    Experience the Lost Art of Fashion Illustration Through the Frances Neady Collection at 30

    There was a time when a glance through a fashion magazine would reveal meticulously drawn or painted works of art, intended to bring images of clothing to life as only illustrations could. FIT's Gladys Marcus Library is celebrating this lost art. 

  • Mary Davis
    FIT Dean to Appear on CBS Sunday Morning

    Tune in to CBS Sunday Morning this coming Sunday, November 2, to see Dr. Mary Davis, dean of the School of Graduate Studies, speaking about the fashions and customs of funerals and mourning.

  • Milton Glaser at FIT event
    Legendary Graphic Designer Milton Glaser Advises and Inspires FIT Students at Talk on Campus

    “Making things is a miracle,” the legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser told an auditorium filled with hundreds of FIT students on Thursday, October 23, explaining why he decided to become a designer at the age of five. “Sitting and making something is the most extraordinary thing a human being can do,” he said. 

  • FIT Wins Second Place at Amazon Fashion Studio Competition
    FIT Wins Second Place in Annual Amazon Fashion Studio Sessions Competition

    FIT Menswear Team Receives $10,000

    Fashion Institute of Technology’s menswear team took second place at the annual Amazon Fashion Studio Sessions competition held on Saturday, October 25 at Amazon Fashion photography studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The five team members will split the $10,000 prize. 

  • Evan Chisholm
    FIT Student Wins National Retail Federation’s Ray Greenly Scholarship, Two Other Students Are Semi-Finalists

    FIT Fashion Merchandising Management major Evan Chisholm, of Jamestown, NC, has been selected as the top recipient of the highly competitive National Retail Federation Foundation’s Ray Greenly Scholarship, and will receive $25,000. Chisholm won over finalists from MIT, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, and Texas A&M. Over 100 undergraduate and graduate students from across the country applied for the scholarship.

  • Original Chanel suit, shown with a licensed copy.
    Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits

    December 2, 2014–April 25, 2015

    The Museum at FIT presents Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits, an exhibition that explores various levels of authenticity in fashion, ranging from original designer garments and accessories to licensed copies and diffusion lines to counterfeits. Faking It features approximately 100 objects, spanning more than 150 years, from the museum’s permanent collection, many of which have never been on display.  

  • Dr. Joyce F. Brown, left, with Kimora Simmons
    Kimora Lee Simmons Establishes Eponymous Scholarship Fund for FIT

    Designer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Kimora Lee Simmons announced at an event held at FIT on October 21 that she has established a $1 million scholarship fund, $500,000 of which is being given to FIT to provide scholarships to first-year students from under-represented populations.    

  • Amazon Fashion Studio Sessions 2013 contest
    FIT Teams to Compete in Amazon Fashion Studio Sessions

    Two teams of FIT students will compete in the second annual Amazon Fashion Studio Sessions, a creative challenge designed to foster and celebrate emerging talent in the fashion industry. The challenge will task the student teams to produce compelling images for Amazon Fashion’s fall 2014 on-site editorial. The teams will create their editorials at an all-day event at the company’s 40,000 square-foot fashion photography studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Saturday, October 25. 

  • Pajama sets on display in Yves Saint Laurent + Halston exhibition
    Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the ’70s

    February 6 through April 18, 2015
    The Museum at FIT

    The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) presents Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the ’70s, an exhibition that celebrates the two designers who defined the sexy and glamorous fashions of the 1970s. This is the first exhibition to juxtapose their work and analyze the way they dealt with similar themes and aesthetics during the height of their careers. Both designers are equally represented by the approximately 80 ensembles and 20 accessories that are arranged thematically in an environment designed to evoke the style of this singular, dynamic era in history.  

  • Students using chalk on walls of FIT
    Chalk! Returns to FIT for Second Consecutive Year

    For the second consecutive year, FIT Illustration students will take to the street -- or, more accurately, the walls -- chalk in hand, to create original art on the outside of FIT's buildings on Seventh Avenue between 27 and 28 Streets. More than 45 students, plus some alumni, will take part in this joyous expression of street art.

  • First Lady Michelle Obama
    First Lady Michelle Obama Wears Dress Designed for Her by FIT Student at White House Event

    First Lady Michelle Obama wore a dress designed specially for her by FIT student Natalya Koval during a Celebration of Design at the White House. FIT was invited to join Mrs. Obama at the educational program and reception.

  • Ten FIT Students Awarded FIT/SUNYWorks Scholarships for Summer Interns

    Ten students received Internship Scholarships through a program administered by FIT and SUNYWorks, a cooperative education and internship program of the State University of New York system.

  • World Retail Congress 2014 Retail Concept Challenge Winners
    FIT Business Students Take First Prize in Retail Futures Challenge for Second Consecutive Year

    For the second consecutive year, a team of four students in the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, representing the United States, has won the Retail Futures Challenge, an international competition that takes place at the annual World Retail Congress. The FIT team, who traveled to Paris for the competition, bested teams from Hong Kong, London, Tokyo, and Marche, Italy, on September 30, with their concept for the Samsung Life Store — "The Smart Apartment."

  • DENYC Winners
    NYCEDC and FIT Announce Winners of Third Class of Design Entrepreneurs NYC

    A panel of 14 top fashion industry executives selected Bita and Rouzita Vahhabaghai, sisters and owners of ITA Collection, to receive $25,000 to implement the new business plan they presented at the capstone event of Design Entrepreneurs NYC (DENYC).

  • FIT Green Roof
    No Impact Week Underscores FIT’s Commitment to Sustainability

    September 14-21 marks FIT’s inaugural participation in No Impact Week, a program designed to boost motivation and interest in sustainability, build community, and create positive change. 

  • Carolina Herrera Receives 2014 Couture Council Artistry of Fashion Award

    “It is an honor to be the recipient of the 2014 Couture Council Award. I have great admiration for The Museum at FIT because it is a link between fashion, culture and the rich history of our industry," Herrera said.

  • Lauren Bacall: The Look

    On View March 3 - April 4, 2015

    When people think of Lauren Bacall, they most often recall her Hollywood glamour and her films, along with her fashion. Less often do they remember the personal style of her later years.

  • FIT a Resource for PBS Documentary "Dressing America"

    FIT acted as a historical resource and helped facilitate interviews for Dressing America, a seminal documentary about the fashion industry airing on PBS in September.

  • Costume from Dance & Fashion exhibition
    Exhibition: Dance & Fashion

    The Museum at FIT (MFIT) presents Dance & Fashion, a stunning exploration of the relationship between these two embodied art forms. Organized by the museum’s director, Dr. Valerie Steele, and set in a dramatic mise-en-scène created by architect Kim Ackert, Dance & Fashion features nearly 100 dance costumes and dance-inspired fashions, ranging from the 19th century to the present, many of which have never been exhibited.  

  • Silk Charmeuse teddy with lace, circa 1985
    Exposed: A History of Lingerie

    June 3–November 15, 2014

    The Museum at FIT

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