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November 2014


Michelle Obama: Celebration of Design
On Oct. 8th, First Lady Michelle Obama wore a dress designed especially for her by Natalya Koval, a current FIT student, to the first White House Celebration of Design. Another dress designed by finalist and FIT student Chelsea (Zhaojie) Chen was displayed on the stage next to Mrs. Obama. President Dr. Joyce F. Brown and an intimate group of FIT students were in attendance. The students participated in workshops led by prominent designers that have emerged in the last decade. The event focused on enlightening, educating, and mentoring the next generation of fashion leaders.
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November 6th
Poupie and Patricia Cadolle in Conversation with alumna Colleen Hill

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Alumna Colleen Hill (M.A., Fashion and Textiles Studies `06), Associate Curator of Accessories at the Museum of FIT, speaks with Poupie and Patricia Cadolle about their family-run business, founded in Paris in 1889 by Herminie Cadolle - an early advocate of the museum brasserie. Cadolle is one of the few lingerie brands that continues to offer couture lingerie. This event is free and open the general public. RSVP is required.

November 10th
Fashion Illustration Redefined - Love Your Library Series

Katie Murphy Amphitheater
6:00 - 7:30 pm

The Frances Neady Collection of Original Fashion Illustrations turns 30 this year. It has grown from a seed of 40 pieces to almost 400 pieces of remarkable examples of original fashion illustration. A panel will be held to discuss the past, present, and future of fashion illustration. It will feature former FIT professors and fashion illustrators, and will be moderated by Karen Trivette Cannell, Assistant Professor and Head of Special Collections and College Archives
. This event is free and open to the public.
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November 13th
Continuing Education
Information Session
John E. Reeves Great Hall - Meeting Room 1, Room 2,
Room, 3
5:00 - 7:00 pm

If you are unsure of the which Continuing Education path is right for you, join the upcoming info session to learn the various study options. Non-degree credit courses, noncredit courses, and certificate programs will be covered. Click below to register for the next information session.
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November 24th
Faces and Places:
Alumna Jennifer Terrone, along with Ross West, and Daniella Platt of Threadvine

Katie Murphy Amphitheater
4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Jennifer Terrone
(Fashion Merchandising Management `12 and Account Executive), Ross West (VP/Founder), and Daniella Platt (Account Executive) come to FIT to speak about Threadvine, a wholesale business to business tool that is used by apparel and footwear companies to showcase and sell.

Kimora Lee Simmons Scholarship Fund
Kimora Lee Simmons announced to a group of 30 FIT students that she has established a $1 million scholarship fund, in partnership with Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (founded by her ex-husband Russell Simmons and his two brothers). $500,000 will be dispersed in a 5 year span to FIT, while the other half will be distributed to the Fashion Institute's Design and Merchandising and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.
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Completion Day
Alumni Relations participated in Completion Day on Oct. 8th, as part of the NY State Completion Week. FIT students were welcomed to various events that helped them understand how completing a degree can change their lives, change their communities, and change the nation.
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Alumni Day: Legacy Week
FIT's Legacy Week celebrations kicked off on October 27th and were followed by Alumni Day on the 28th. Activities included an alumni flea market in the Dubinsky Breezeway, campus tours, and an alumni panel discussion: FIT Through the Decades. The panel featured alumni from every decade, from the past to the present and was followed by an alumni reception. Check out the album for the Flea Market and the Panel Discussion.

Alumni Spotlight:
Yuka Hasegawa

Yuka Hasegawa (Fashion Design `02) sat down with us for an interview that was featured in our Alumni Spotlight Blog to share her journey as an international hat designer and artist. She is featured in Barneys along with over 100 museums, galleries, and institutions worldwide. She shares with us her passion, curiosity, and on-going journey.
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President, Dr. Joyce F. Brown's Message
As the Fashion Institute of Technology kicks-off a new academic year, President Brown shares with us the latest news from West 27th Street. Hear about the exciting new initiatives that are happening at FIT and the ways you can join us in our efforts this fiscal year! Watch her message here and donate today!

Heard Online

Rest In Peace Oscar de la Renta

- Alumni Relations


Ditto - I thought he was an extraordinary designer, but also a remarkable philanthropist. Classy gentleman on all fronts, and how often do we get to say that today. - Bobbi Smith

My favorite designer. - Olga Correa

I remember when Oscar de La Renta gave the speech to FIT's class of 1987 graduation at Radio City Music Hall. He was very humble and I still remember his words that day. Great man, designer, and artist; not pretentious at all. He will rest in peace but his designs will live on for many decades to come! - Joy De Sena Taylor

So sad, I was lucky enough to see him speak to us students at FIT many times. What a gracious man...RIP - Dena Calabrese

Mr. de la Renta generously gave the commencement speech at my FIT graduation. Truly wonderful man. - Rebecca Cavallaro

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