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Endowed Funds

Edwin Goodman Endowment in Fashion (Buying and Merchandising): In 1955, the Goodman family established an endowment of fashion in memory of Edwin Goodman, of Bergdorf Goodman. The endowment made possible the development of the major now known as Fashion Merchandising Management.

International Fabricare Institute Endowment in Textile and Apparel Care Technology: In 1966, the National Institute of Dry Cleaning established an endowment in Textile and Apparel Care Technology. This endowment helped to developed materials and programs for the distribution of information about servicing and maintaining fashion products to designers, manufacturers, and distributors, as well as maintenance of the Textile and Apparel Lab.

The Wool Bureau Endowment: In 1968, The Wool Bureau Incorporated established an endowment for the development of a program to enrich knowledge and awareness of the utilization of wool and wool textile products in apparel and home furnishings. The endowment achieves these objectives through teaching, through direct applications in design and manufacturing technology, and through research involving wool and wool products.

Trifari, Krussman and Fishel, Inc. Endowment in Jewelry: In 1975, the world-renowned jewelry firm of Trifari, Krussman and Fishel, Inc. endowed a jewelry design laboratory in the college in honor of the company’s fiftieth anniversary. The endowment is used to assist the program in Jewelry Design, which began in September 1975.

The Revlon Endowment in Cosmetics Marketing: In 1980, the Board of Trustees approved the acceptance of an endowment from the Revlon Corporation to establish an endowed fund to enrich and extend the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing program. Each year, $1,000 is allotted from this endowment for the Revlon Academic Achievement Award.

Jack C. Lebowitz in Menswear: In 1981, the National Association of Men’s Sportswear Buyers created an endowment in Menswear. The endowment honors the memory of Mr. Lebowitz, a former buyer at Macy’s.

Norman M. Morris Endowment in Jewelry Design: In 1981, the Board of Trustees approved the acceptance of an endowment from Norman M. Morris, whose firm was the Untied States agent and importer for Omega watches, to establish an endowed fun in Jewelry Design. The fund provides for the inclusion of watch design within the program of study for the department.

Scovill Endowment In Research and Design: In 1984, the Scovill Apparel Fasteners Group provided an endowment for research in product design and applications, emphasizing fasteners utilization. The chair of this endowment serves as the liaison between FIT students and faculty and the fasteners industry.

The Mildred Custin Room: In 1986, family and friends of Mildred Custin, known as America’s “First Lady” of retailing, endowed funds to name and maintain an educational lab in the Glady Marcus Library in her honor.

The Colin Birch Memorial Window: In 1990, friends of Colin Birch, the display window artist at Bloomingdale’s for many years, endowed funds to maintain FIT’s display window on Seventh Avenue. This window and its ever-changing display, created by FIT’s Display and Exhibit Design students, act as a living memorial to Mr. Birch.

Phillips-Van Heusen Endowment In Menswear: In 1990, the Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation created an endowment to enrich the program in Menswear.

Intimate Apparel Endowment In Fashion Design: In 1985, a league of corporation and private sponsors, primarily in the intimate apparel industry, endowed funds to develop an intimate apparel specialization in the BFA Fashion Design program. Part of these funds is used for a yearly honor scholarship and merit award for students studying intimate apparel.

Gustav Neimeyer Endowment In Jewelry Design: In 1988, the trustees of the Gustav H. Neimeyer Memorial Education Fund voted to create a discretionary endowment with the remaining assets of the fund for the Jewelry Design Department.

Lawrence Israel Lecture Series In Interior Design: In 1997, Professor Lawrence Israel, architect and faculty member, established an endowed fund for the Interior Design Department to create the Lawrence Israel Lecture Series of distinguished design professionals.

Mildred Rothman Endowment in Educational Skills: In 1998, this endowment was bequeathed to the Fashion Institute of Technology by Professor Mildred Rothman to be used for the benefit of students in the Educational Skills program.

Elsa Peretti Professorship In Jewelry Design: In 2001, Tiffany and Co. established the Elsa Peretti Professorship in Jewelry Design. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its successful and rewarding collaboration with Elsa Peretti, Tiffany created a perpetual fund for faculty salary support in the Jewelry Design Department. At Ms. Peretti’s request, the endowment is established in honor of her long friendship and professional association with Samuel Beizer, founding chairman of FIT’s Jewelry Design Department.

George T. Dorsch Fund: In 2002, the Estate of FIT Professor George T. Dorsch established an endowment to enhance the History of Art Department.  The George T. Dorsch Endowed Scholarship provides two annual grants—one to a student and another to an adjunct faculty member teaching History of Art at FIT to support academic study.

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