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September  2014 

Kit Alumni Spotlight
Kit Scarbo (Fashion Design '04), a Los Angeles-based costume designer, recently returned to New York City to conduct research for her second feature film, Cardinal X. We were pleased she turned to the Department of Special Collections & FIT Archives for her costume design research. We caught up with her during her visit to learn more about her career in the television and film industries--from her current work on Chris Hardwick's new, Emmy-nominated show @Midnight to her costume design work on indie films.
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September 10
Behance: Gain Exposure for Your Creative Work
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
6:30 - 7:30 pm
As part of the New Media x Entrepreneurship alumni panel series, please join us for the upcoming event with alumni discussing how FIT Portfolios on Behance can help you gain exposure for your creative work, collaborate with peers, and be discovered more easily by potential clients, recruiters and employers. Panelists include alumnus and founding member of Behance, Alex Krug (AMC ’04); textile designer Tanya Brown (Textile and Surface Design '97); graphic designer Joe Vinci (Advertising Design ’11); and motion graphics designer Rachael Park (Communications Design ’12). The panel will be followed by a networking gathering. This event is free and open the general public.

September 15
Coterie Tradeshow Alumni Reception
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W 34th Street, 3A Terrace
(Entrance on 11th Ave and 35th Street)
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Please join us for an FIT alumni reception at the Coterie Tradeshow, hosted by alumnus and Foundation Board member, Tom Nastos (Textile and Apparel Marketing '81). Connect with fellow apparel and accessory designers and buyers from the FIT alumni community.

September 16 
School of Graduate Studies Information Session
Dubinsky Center, 8th Floor 
5:50 - 7:30 pm 
Are you ready to take your career to the next level? FIT's School of Graduate Studies offers an exceptional educational experience in the post baccalaureate study of business, art, and design. The program offers opportunities for you to develop your professional network, providing numerous and valuable interactions with leaders in your field. Click below to register for the next information session.

September 16
SUNY Alumni Day at the Ballpark
Citi Field 
36-2 126th Street
Flushing, NY
5:00 - 7:00 Reception
7:15 pm Game

Join fellow SUNY alumni and Chancellor Zimpher for the annual SUNY Alumni Day at the Ballpark. Enjoy a private pre-game reception at McFadden’s Restaurant, attached to Citi Field, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., followed by the New York Mets vs Miami Marlins game.

September 17
Alumni Night at the Museum 
The Museum at FIT 
6:30 - 7:30 pm

Alumni are invited to a private tour of The Museum at FIT's newest exhibition, Dance & Fashion. The tour will be led by Dr. Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of the MFIT. The evening will also feature Colleen Hill (Masters, Fashion and Textiles Studies '06), Assistant Curator of Accessories at the MFIT, with special remarks from FIT Alumni Reid Bartelme (Fashion Design ’12) and Harriet Jung (Fashion Design ’11), whose American Ballet Theatre costume is featured in the exhibition. Learn more about their costume design projects for various dance productions in our Alumni Spotlight. A reception will follow the tour. Please join us for this special evening celebrating alumni and the MFIT. Space is limited.

September 29
Faces and Places in Fashion with Alumnus Robert Verdi
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
4:15 - 6:15 pm

Please join us for FIT's Faces & Places in Fashion lecture with alumnus and famed celebrity stylist, Robert Verdi (Jewelry Design '88). The talk will be followed by a networking reception with alumni, students and industry professionals. RSVP is required.

Save the Date: October 27-November 2
Legacy Week: FIT's Homecoming  
Be sure to join us on Alumni Day which will be held on Tuesday, October 28th. Come back to campus, reconnect with fellow alumni and meet new friends! Stay tuned for more details!
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70 years FIT Celebrates 70 Years
FIT proudly celebrates 70 years of educating bold, idealistic, risk-taking individuals. In 1944, FIT greeted its first students: 100 men and women who wished to pursue careers in the garment industry. The spirit of resilience and idealism continues today, and we are proud of producing some of the industry’s most visionary leaders. Read what alumni like Ralph Rucci ’80, Nanette Lepore ’83 and others said about the role FIT has played in their success.
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Tanya Brown FIT Alumna Tanya Brown's Social Media Tips for Creatives
Tanya Brown (Textile and Surface Design ’97) is a graphic and textile designer and founder of the activewear brand, Schatzi Brown. As a small business owner, Tanya has harnessed social media in her branding efforts, including FIT’s Behance and Etsy alumni groups, where she reaches new audiences and tells her brand’s story. We asked her to share her top tips on how creatives can use social media strategically to grow their businesses. Check out her blog and be sure to catch her and other alumni entrepreneurs who will speak at our upcoming panel, Behance: Gain Exposure for Your Creative Work.
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Dance and Fashion MFIT: Dance & Fashion
The Museum at FIT's newest exhibition, Dance & Fashion, is a stunning exploration of the relationship between these two embodied art forms. Organized by the Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at FIT, Dr. Valerie Steele, and set in a dramatic mise-en-scène created by architect Kim Ackert, Dance & Fashion features nearly 100 dance costumes and dance-inspired fashions, ranging from the 19th century to the present, and including one dance costume designed by FIT alumni Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung. The exhibition will be on view from September 13, 2014 through January 3, 2015.
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Fashion Fellows NYC Fashion Fellows
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in partnership with 92Y, is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 class of the NYC Fashion Fellows. A year-long, highly selective fellowship, the program is designed for rising stars in fashion management. Fellows receive mentoring, networking and community-building opportunities, continuing education and career advancement workshops with industry professionals and their peers to measurably accelerate their careers. Nominations will be accepted by September 15, 2014. To nominate a current or former colleague, click here.
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Alumni Shadow Program 
We hope you will take part in FIT's Alumni Shadow Program, which gives students the opportunity to learn about the spectrum of career paths that are possible after graduation. We encourage alumni working in all industries and at all professional levels to volunteer to host a student for a day. Industry connections have always been a hallmark of the FIT experience, and we are grateful to count on our alumni to continue the traditions of giving back to those just starting out in their careers.
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Alumni Give New Students the Inside Scoop 
We want to thank all the alumni who volunteered to help us welcome the incoming Class of 2018 at our annual Alumni Scoop! This year, we were pleased to have alumni from as far back as the Class of 1948 and as recent as the Class of 2014 join us at this special event. The diverse experiences across different generations from alumni gave new students valuable insight and will help guide them as they start their educations at FIT.

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First day 

We were delighted to see campus bustling with students again for the start of the new semester. We shared a photo of the first day of classes at FIT and asked alumni to share their first day experiences with us. Read what they had to say and be sure to join the conversation

My first day was in September 1985, Textile Design. My daughter Alyssa starts at FIT today, Communications Design. All the best to the new students!
- Joy De Sena Taylor 

September 1969. It was very exciting. FIT was under construction. There was only the main original building and the original dorm across the street. Many of my classes were held in temporary trailers on the school grounds. FIT was only a two year school then. My major was called Fashion Buying and Merchandising (FBM). Good Luck to all of the new students just starting out. I wish you all much success in the future!
- Deyanne Hinman 

Overwhelming! 1964...Things have so changed. We were required to wear dresses, gloves, and heels! Oh, hats too! It was many years ago!
- Lynn Buxton Beckford 

1993! Some wonderful memories and great friends! Fiona Wilder, Kimberly Galvin, nothing beats going to college in NYC!
- Caroline Swick Minella 

1998.I came from a small town in Ohio to FIT, so for me it was the beginning of a new chapter in my life! I met so many amazing people along the way, too!
- Jamie Schmid 

1990, Display & Exhibit Design/Toy Design. Loved my experience and I still miss it sometimes! It would be amazing for one of my children to go to FIT someday!
- Courtney Helm 

1991. After transferring from art major at St. John's, I felt like I was finally at home! I wore men's boxers over cropped leggings with my Doc Martens! There started the adventures!
- Jennifer Lovino Logozzo 

It was 1971. It was my first time not wearing a uniform after 12 years of Catholic school. Everyone was so fashionable. Platforms, bell bottoms, smokey eye makeup (including some of the guys), shag hairdos and Farrah wings! I didn't know anyone, but I was in awe. I was at the best college for a career in fashion! I majored in Buying and Merchandising. Best of luck to all the new students! Enjoy every minute of it and explore NYC!
- Linda Peri-Sangirardi

School was delayed by the Ed Koch Transit strike 1980 for a week or two.
- John Calabrese 

1989. Met some of the classmates/women who remain some of my closest allies today. Brilliant students at that school!
- Minda Alena 

2008 - It was nice to see so many people dressed so well for school!
- Paul D. Ervin 

Exciting. I couldn't wait for the adventure to begin was 1969. 
- Donna Constant Bedard

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