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October 17, 2014

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Fashion Design students Natalya Koval and Chelsea Chen attended an all-day Fashion Education Workshop hosted by Michelle Obama at the White House on Wednesday, October 8. The First Lady wore a dress designed by Koval; a dress designed by Chen was displayed on the stage. These were the winning designs in a competition the White House held with FIT. Twenty-six Fashion Design students submitted sketches from which the White House selected the two finalists. Mrs. Obama herself chose Koval’s dress to wear. Feature articles about Koval appeared in the New York Daily News and (October 9) and on The New York Daily News feature was picked up by and Coverage of the event that included FIT’s participation and/or Koval and Chen ran in the Associated Press and, which was picked up by more than 153 global and national outlets, (Denmark),, WWD,, The Washington Post,, (all October 8), The Cut,,,, MarieClaire.Co.UK,,,, (all October 9),,, (Netherlands), (France),, (all October 10), (October 11), (October 12). Ukrainian media both in the Ukraine and in the U.S. include Nova Gazeta (New York), TSN-TV (Washington DC), (Chicago), Vogue Ukraine, Espresso TV, and the Kyiv Post.

Mary Davis, dean of the School of Graduate Studies, spoke with WWD and (September 30) about Didier Grumbach’s Histoires de la Mode, which is being published in English. Davis shared how crucial the book was when she was writing her dissertation at Harvard. “People described the book to me as the bible of French fashion history — the authoritative fashion source,” she said.

Mark-Evan Blackman, assistant professor, Fashion Design, was cited as the expert for The Periodic Table of Coats, a timeline of men’s coats in Esquire magazine’s fall 2014 issue of The Big Black Book, a bi-annual special edition.

Michele Nagel, director of evening, weekend, and pre-college programs, commented to the (October 8) and The Baltimore Sun (October 9) about the importance of Michelle Obama’s Fashion Education workshop. “Summits such as this one at the White House show students the breadth of these careers,” Nagel said. This story was picked up by eight additional outlets.

A percentage of proceeds from Madison Avenue Fashion Heritage Week, being held October 20 through October 26, will benefit The Museum at FIT, thanks to an arrangement made by the museum’s Couture Council. This was reported by,,, NTD Chinese (all October 6),, (see video below) (both October 7), (October 8), and (October 9).

Dance & Fashion received major reviews in The New York Times and (October 3), picked up by (October 3), and in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, (both October 15). Additional coverage appeared on (September 11), (October 6), and (October 7).

A panel on which Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of MFIT, participated, titled “First Ladies and Fashion,” at the National Archives in Washington DC was covered by the Associated Press (September 30) and picked up by more than 65 outlets, including,,, and (all October 1). Additional reporting included (September 30),, WMTV-NBC in Madison, WI (both October 2), and (October 5).

In an article in Bella NYC magazine about how the Garment District brings fashion and commerce together, Valerie Steele commented that MFIT offers a unique experience of bringing fashion and art together.

Valerie Steele spoke to New York magazine’s The Cut and’s The Cut (October 6) about how fashion exhibitions have grown in popularity. This story was picked up by and (both October 6).

Valerie Steele shared her thoughts on shopping in Japan versus shopping in the U.S. for Public Radio International and (October 7).

Exposed received coverage on, (both October 4),, and (both October 6).

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