Author Archives: Rachel Ellner

Fashion and travel tips for NYC and study abroad

As resident director of FIT in Milan at Politecnico di Milano, Lisa Feuerherm is a true jet-setter. She’s often escorting students of the two-year fashion design program on field trips to trade and fashion shows, factories and galleries (with espresso stops … Continue reading

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Art from the FIT community 15 floors up!

From the start, artwork was a must for FIT’s new administrative offices at 333 Seventh Avenue.  Written into the plans for the new 22,000 square-foot space are corridors and wall space where art would hang.  Having been mined from faculty, student and … Continue reading

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Dean Arbuckle’s Advice for a “Hot Town” — August in the City

Dear Art and Design Students, It is indeed “Hot Town. Summer in the City,” as the 60s song goes! But if you pace yourself you’ll be able to take advantage of much that New York City has to offer in … Continue reading

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The Greening of Distressed Jeans

Report from the Summer Institute on Sustainability in Fashion & Textiles Jorg Hartmann, from machinery vendor Stoll, started his talk by showing copies of a well-worn 1880s pair of jeans bought at auction for $60,000. The jeans were copied and … Continue reading

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Paul Dillinger of Levi Strauss kicks off Summer Sustainability Institute

Acting Associate Dean Sass Brown welcomed three dozen industry members to the second annual Sustainability and Textiles Summer Institute June 8. The four-day program introduces designers and others from around the world to practical ways of minimizing the industry’s carbon … Continue reading

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Junior Show a Graphical Success

The Graphic Design Junior Show in May–referred to as “the student production”–inventively showcased work that ranged from conceptual, to what might be found in a retail environment.  Two sections of graphic design juniors worked together to create an exhibit flow that … Continue reading

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A-list Critics for Photography Juniors

When it comes to having your accomplishments acknowledged, being a college junior can be like that of a middle child. “The seniors have a graduating show. The associate degree students have a show. What the juniors need is feedback,” says Photography … Continue reading

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SUNY Chancellor Award winner Darlene Levy-Birnbaum

Definition of SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence:  “A system-level honor conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence.” Definition of 2015 SUNY Chancellor Award Winner for Excellence in … Continue reading

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Finishing touches. Fine Arts graduating student show opens May 6

This year’s Fine Arts thesis exhibit, “Not Gonna Hold Your Hand,” includes the work of the 17 BFA graduating seniors. The “defiant and exultant” title,  says Prof. Joel Werring, was chosen by the students. It suggests “This is my life. … Continue reading

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