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|Dr. Jay H. Baker, Linda Fargo, and Joan Hornig Honored at FIT Annual Gala
The Fashion Institute of Technology and the FIT Foundation honored FIT trustee and foundation chairman (and former Kohl’s president) Dr. Jay H. Baker; Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo; and jewelry designer, philanthropist, and FIT trustee Joan Hornig at the annual gala on Monday, June 9, 2014 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. The black-tie event hosted more than 600 guests and raised $2.5 million—$1.4 million in ticket sales, plus $1.1 million from two endowed scholarship gifts that were announced at the event. The annual gala benefits the FIT Educational Development Fund, which helps the college cultivate the next generation of creative leaders.
July 1 - 5
CHROMA: FIT's Master of Fine Arts Illustration Exhibition
Gallery FIT, The Museum at FIT
2014 graduates of FIT’s Master of Fine Arts program in Illustration are showcasing their work at CHROMA, an exhibition at The Museum at FIT. From Trinidadian folk tales and the Triangle Shirtwaist fire of 1911 to stories exploring gender and race, amusement parks, cats, and even a dog that goes to Hollywood, the exhibition’s collages, digital paintings, e-books, animation, set designs, and graphic novels express diverse, often personal stories coming to vibrant life.
City Source Manufacturers' Expo
John E. Reeves Great Hall
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
FIT's City Source showcase is a platform for designers and brands to meet with over 60 local manufacturers. This year the showcase is supported by The Council of Fashion Designers of America's newest program, the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI), in which fashion industry facilities can obtain funding in the form of matching grants for acquisition of innovative equipment, technology upgrades, capital improvements, workforce training, and professional development programming. The initiative is designed to generate business growth within the industry, as well as elevate the level of available fashion production resources in New York City.
Continuing Education Information Session
John E. Reeves Great Hall
5:00 - 7:00 pm
FIT's School of Continuing and Professional Studies programs provide vital skills for career-changers, executives, entrepreneurs and small-business owners, industry groups, and serious hobbyists. Come learn about various study options, non-credit courses, part-time college credit courses and evening/weekend degree programs in areas such as fashion business, design, computer technology, and marketing. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.
|Student View: Alumni Shadow Day
As part of the Alumni Shadow Program, Justin Xaisanasy, an Advertising Design student, spent a day shadowing FIT alumna Sarah Hall. Hall, who also studied advertising at FIT, is the founder of Sarah Hall Productions, Inc., an award-winning, full service PR firm focusing on entertainment and lifestyle accounts. Hear what Justin had to say about this great learning experience and check out his interview with Sarah on our blog.
|FIT’s Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management Master’s Program Present Capstone Research
In partnership with Unilever U.S., graduating students in the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management (CFMM) Master of Professional Studies program have revealed findings about and insights into future beauty consumers, and methodologies that beauty companies should adopt to keep up with burgeoning trends. Each year the graduating class presents in-depth, forward-thinking capstone research along with industry predictions and proposals for beauty companies. Full research white papers for The Changing Face of the Beauty Consumer, along with white papers for past presentations, are available here.
|NYCEDC and FIT Announce Design Entrepreneurs NYC Class of 2014
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and FIT have announced the 2014 class of New York City-based fashion companies selected for Design Entrepreneurs NYC. The new class is comprised of 35 businesses selected from a field of 270 applications, which includes FIT alumni David Hart of David Hart & Co.; Jackie Hopson of bodybinds; Sha Liu and Tiffany Liu of Lala & Sasi; Geraldine Morley of Mods and Rockers; Natalya Nyn of Toy Syndrome; Cristina Ottaviano of Cristina Ottaviano New York; and Brittany Weiss of W. BRITT. The program is a free, intensive “mini-MBA” program that teaches emerging fashion designers how to run a successful label.
We recently shared a Throwback Thursday photo pulled from FIT's archives of Fashion Illustration students, circa 1961, and asked alumni from that decade to comment. Read what some of them said and be sure to join the conversation!
"I graduated in 1966 in Fashion Buying Merchandising. Super education! I still use a lot of my knowledge in writing my ads for Ebay and Etsy!"
"Beautiful! I was Textile Design, graduated 1968."
"I graduated with Fashion Buying & Merchandising."
"Graduated FIT in 1962, Textile Design"
"Those were the days! Served me well, had a great career. Textile Design"
"This picture is amazing, love it! Love seeing work prior to computers."
"All of that is so fabulous!"
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