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October 29, 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.

President Joyce F. Brown and Fabric Styling student Aaron Alonso spoke to Fox 5 News/WNYW-NY (October 21) about the late Oscar de la Renta’s contributions to fashion. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT, commented on NY1 News (October 22) and was quoted in an Associated Press story, by The Washington Post (both October 21), and on (October 20). A second Associated Press article (October 21) included a photo and caption of de la Renta receiving FIT’s Couture Council Artistry of Fashion Award in 2012. The two AP articles were picked up by more than 1,965 media outlets in the U.S. and around the world, including the Palm Beach Post and Yahoo! India (both October 21). A Reuters article  (October 21) mentioned the Couture Council Award and received 89 pick-ups. (October 21) ran a video and captioned photos of the designer receiving the Couture Council Award. It also appeared on (October 20) and Metro New York (October 22)., (both October 21), WWD,, and (all October 22) reported that designer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Kimora Lee Simmons announced at a press conference held at FIT that she has created a $1 million scholarship fund, $500,000 of which will be given to FIT. (October 23) picked up the piece, and, (both October 23), and (October 24) picked up the article. (October 14) and WWD (October 15) reported on the college’s natural dye garden, located on a terrace on the ninth floor of the Marvin Feldman Center. The dye garden is a student-led sustainability project that was awarded $10,000 by the FIT Student Association. It was developed for the Clinton Global Initiative University and FIT’s Think Big Challenge.

A Q&A on (October 10) with Natalya Koval, winner of the fashion design challenge led by First Lady Michelle Obama for her Fashion Education Workshop held at the White House, was picked up by (October 16). An Associated Press and article that reports that Mrs. Obama wore an FIT student’s design has been picked up by more than 155 national and international outlets to date., Minneapolis, MN (October 22) picked up coverage that appeared in The Washington Post (October 9).

An article that appeared in The Baltimore Sun (October 9) and quoted Michele Nagel, director of Precollege Programs, on the importance of Michelle Obama’s Fashion Education workshop was picked up by The Jeffersonian, Towson, MD (October 14).

Ellen Goldstein, professor, Accessories Design, commented in a story for (October 14) and The New York Times (October 15) about the history and enduring popularity of the Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker created by the footwear maker Converse. (October 20-26) listed Madison Avenue Fashion Heritage Week (MAFHW), benefiting The Museum at FIT, in its “riveting list of things for you to do, see, buy, and explore over the next seven days.” (October 16) called Valerie Steele’s commentary on MAFHW’s mobile app “the best part of the initiative.” Additional coverage appeared on and was picked up by (both October 21).

Jewelry designer Kara Ross named MFIT as her “must-do experience not in the guidebooks” in a Palm Beach Illustrated magazine (October issue) piece in which she discusses New York City.

Associated Press (September 30) coverage of a panel on which Valerie Steele participated titled “First Ladies and Fashion,” at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., has been picked up by more than 400 national and international media outlets.

An announcement of the Dance & Fashion Symposium, held on October 23 and 24, appeared on (October 21).

Dance & Fashion received a two-page review in Dance Gazette magazine (fall issue, not available online).

Colleen Hill, MFIT associate curator, discussed the history of lingerie and how it is illustrated in Exposed: A History of Lingerie on (October 4).

This year’s Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion, which was given to Carolina Herrera, continues to generate publicity, most recently in Avenue (October issue).

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