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July 24, 2014

We are pleased to send you FIT in the NEWS to share highlights of major news stories placed by the college’s Division of Communications and External Relations. These stories will be accessible for at least seven days by clicking on the links below.


Design Entrepreneurs NYC was included in a story on Fashionista.com (July 15) titled “18 Fashion Competitions Available to U.S. Designers.”

Scott Stoddart, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and professor of Film and Media, appeared as an expert in an episode of the PBS documentary series American Icon (July 22) about the life of infamous gangster Al Capone. This documentary was picked up by PBS affiliate stations KAET-PHX (Phoenix, AZ, July 22), KUFM-PBS (Missoula, MT July 22), WCML-PBS (Alpena, MI, July 22), NJN-PBS (Newark, NJ, July 22), OETA-PBS (Oklahoma City, OK, July 22), WOUC-PBS (Zanesville, OH, July 22), and KQET-PBS (Monterey, CA, July 22).

GCIMagazine.com (June 24) and GCI Magazine (August 2014 issue) ran a major feature story about the evolution and success of FIT’s Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing baccalaureate program and the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management master’s program.

Stephan Kanlian, chair of the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management program, was quoted in Crain’s New York Business (July 21) and on CrainsNewYork.com (July 22) about the rise in skin care and fragrance products exported from New York. “New York City is the global beauty capital, perhaps rivaled only by Paris,” he said. A photo portrait of Kanlian accompanied the article.

The 2014 Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management capstone was the subject of  the Editor’s Note in Beauty Store Business (August 2014 issue).

NPR’s ScienceFriday.com (June 17) featured Sean Cormier, assistant professor, Textile Development and Marketing, in a video about how experts test the quality of textiles. Cormier commented on quality control and performed demonstrations in FIT’s textiles lab. This story was picked up by radio stations KQED-FM (San Francisco, CA) and KXJZ-FM (Sacramento, CA) (both July 18), among others.

George Simonton, assistant professor, Fashion Design, and Vincent Quan, associate professor, Fashion Merchandising Management, commented in The San Diego Union-Tribune (July 15) on the commercial viability of TAGit, an app that links shoppers to sites that sell outfits similar to or the same as those worn by characters on six popular TV shows.

Kornit Digital announced through PR Newswire (July 14) that the three winning designs from its 2014 Sustainable Digital Textile Printing Challenge with FIT Textile/Surface Design students would be on display at the Premier Vision trade show. The three winners are Elena Lavache, Travis Wood, and Ashley Molesso. This announcement was picked up by over 20 outlets, including MarketWatch.com, Cad.Digitalmedia.net, Fibre2Fashion.com, AECNewsroom.com, MSNewsNow.com, Newson6.com (all July 14), and Apparel.com (July 15).

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of MFIT, was tapped to share her thoughts with CNN.com (July 18) on the one-piece swimsuit trend seen on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim and SwimShow, both held in Miami. “We are in a one-piece moment,” Steele said. This story was picked up by ABC15.com, KSPR.com, Fox40.com, CanadasNextTopModel.com, and OntheFashion.com (all July 18).

FashionTimes.com (July 14) reported that proceeds from the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District’s Madison Avenue Fashion Heritage Week, October 20-26, will benefit The Museum at FIT, thanks to a partnership with the Couture Council.

MFIT was profiled on ManhattanSideways.com (July 15), a website that features “the hidden gems of Manhattan.”

Exposed: A History of Lingerie received coverage on ElDiarioNY.com (July 10), ShoptheGarmentDistrict.com (July 13), Irenebrination.com (July 17), and EwaWojciechowska.pl (Polish website, July 18). An Associated Press (June 9) article about the exhibition has now been picked up by more than 55 outlets, most recently LimaOhio.com (June 18), Georgia Times Union (June 22), Sentinel Sunday (June 29), Marietta Daily Journal (July 1), Staten Island Sunday Advance (July 6), Watertown Daily Times (July 6), Chelsea Clinton News (July 10), and The Post-Standard (July 20).

Dance & Fashion, which will open September 13, received advance coverage on BlouinArtInfo.com (July 14).

Beyond Rebellion: Fashioning the Biker Jacket, which closed on April 5, received coverage on BlocDeModa.com (July 18).

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