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September 8, 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.


The cover story of the Metropolitan section of the Sunday New York Times and NYTimes.com (August 31) was a feature-length profile of Tenille Warren, a 38-year-old student who faced numerous challenges to study fashion design and is now fulfilling her dream at FIT. The story also ran in the national edition of the paper and was cited on NY1 News’ In the Papers segment.

Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Merchandising Management, commented about the use of a lightweight, water-resistant material call Tyvek for shoes, backpacks, and laptop cases for an article in the NYTimes.com (August 30), The New York Times (August 31), and International New York Times (September 1). “I call it techno-fashion with a sustainability sensibility,” Carter said.

Chloe Chapin, adjunct assistant professor, Fashion Design, was quoted in the NYTimes.com (August 22) and The New York Times (August 24) for a story in the Sunday Styles section about the increasing popularity of the men’s white dinner jacket over the classic black tuxedo jacket.

Chloe Chapin also shared her expertise about the history of pockets with WSJ.com (August 27) and The Wall Street Journal (August 28) for a cover story in the Personal Journal section titled, “High Fashion’s Pocket Change.”

Shanna McKinnon, adjunct professor, Fashion Merchandising Management, was extensively quotes in an ApparelNews.net (August 28) trending forecast story about the future of skinny jeans and what’s next for denim.

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of MFIT, commented for USA Today about the fascination with legendary designer, Yves Saint Laurent, and the two biopics films that are being released this year. This story has been picked up by more than 32 outlets, including Poughkeepsie Journal, Press and Sun Bulletin and News Journal (all August 30).

Valerie Steele spoke to WSJ.com (August 29) and The Wall Street Journal (August 30) about the iconic photographer Horst P. Horst for an article about the Horst: Photographer of Style exhibition, opening September 6 at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Patricia Mears, deputy director of MFIT, who curated the 2012 exhibition Ivy Style, spoke to Conde Nast Traveler (September issue) about the longstanding interest in Tokyo in traditional Ivy League dress. “The Japanese well understand that Ivy style is a classic look which has stood the test of time,” Mears said.

Vogue.com.tw (Vogue Taiwan, August 29) recommended MFIT as one of four of the best museums and galleries to visit in New York City. The other three are the Anna Wintour Costume Center at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Gargosian Gallery.

Harper’s Bazaar (September issue) reported that an exhibit of dolls based on the leading ladies of The Wizard of Oz dressed in garments created by major designers is on display at the college. The dolls, celebrating the film’s 75th anniversary, will be auctioned off to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Exposed: A History of Lingerie received coverage on LauraoftheValley.com (August 29).

Dance & Fashion, which will open September 13, received advance coverage on WashingtonPost.com (August 27) and The Washington Post (August 28).

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