Category: Event

Ozwald Boateng’s itinerary: FIT October 29th

By , October 15, 2012 3:46 pm

Pinch yourselves. Yes, he’s coming to FIT. Major charisma. A superstar in Europe with an A-list clientele, i.e., Giorgio Armani, Jamie Foxx, Ryan Seacrest, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Branson. Yes, it’s Ozwald Boateng, the British fashion designer (originally from Ghana),  to share his unusual story of breaking into the mensware industry.  A screening of his story “A Man’s Story,” will be shown on October 29 in Haft Auditorium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The film starts at 6 p.m.

“His story is so personal, so real, of an outsider breaking into the establishment — Savile Row — the name of the street that’s renowned for menswear bespoke tailoring” (that is, traditional tailoring at the highest level).  His infusions bring continents closer together. “He’ll do very strict classic menswear tailoring with an African sense of color,” says assistant dean Sass Brown. “

Ozwald Boateng

 “The film is him talking of how he lost everything and started again…It’s a great, great story, not staged,” says Brown, who had a sneak preview of the film. “He’s in back of a taxi, in his atelier, and on the red carpet. His story is relevant to everyone trying to get a foothold in their given industry, whether a design student or a business major.

A Q&A will Mr. Boateng will follow the screening.

Come and find out how to get your own foothold!

Tickets for this event are available in the Dean’s Office, D-350, beginning October 17.

This event is open to the FIT community only.

The take-away from “the worst moments of your life”

By , October 10, 2012 5:53 pm

Debbie Millman, former FIT professor of packaging design and current president of Sterling Brands’ design group, was a commanding presence at the seminar “Overcoming Failure: How the worst moments of your life can turn out to be the best (and visa-versa).” Millman’s talk held at Pratt Institute on September 29, was sponsored by the Graphic Artists Guild.

Ms. Millman has worked on the redesign of over 200 global brands and  authored five books on design including: “Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits,” “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” and “How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer.”

Visual presentation and exhibition design professor Veronica Romano attended the event with three of her  students.

“An objective of my professional practices class is to inform students about the realities of the industry,” says Romano. “Debbie’s presentation was so honest and the take-away incredibly inspirational. The students seemed to hold on to every word. They got it! — her whole career and so much valuable knowledge in just a short two hours!” 

l-r: FIT students Tess Wieloszynski, Robyn Williamson & Vivian Warman; Debbie Millman, Prof. Veronica Romano


Robyn Williamson’s notes from the event:

“Overcoming Failure” notes

“Debbie Millman was a great speaker who definitely had a lot of insightful messages to share and a great way with words,” says VPED student Vivian Warman.  “She was very inspiring.  I think it had to do with her honesty and vulnerability with how she shared her own personal failures.”


BFA – A Fair to Remember

By , October 5, 2012 4:31 pm

your hosts from the Dean’s Office, Amy, Ashley & Kim

A roomful of expertise — department chairs, professors and student advisers — were on hand at the BFA Fair on October 4th to speak with students interested in art and design BFA majors. “Students often don’t realize the offerings and the vast number of programs available to them,” says Professor Ellen Goldstein from accessories design. “The BFA Fair opens their eyes to a vast number of opportunities.”

Suzanne Anoushian, chair of communication department with prospective BFA student

Professor Anne Kong from visual presentation and exhibition design talking to students

“We talked about everything from job opportunities to majors and ours being more 3-dimensional,” said Professor Anne Kong.

Prof. Birgit Schwarz-Hickey from advertising design talking with students

Fashion design chair, Colette Wong talks to a curious student

“The BFA Fair is a wonderful opportunity for all Art & Design students,” says Colette Wong, chair of fashion design. “It’s informative even for students who know what their major will be. They learn more about the study abroad programs and any lingering questions get answered.”

Prof. Frederun Scholz of graphic design providing guidance

Prof. Sarah Mullins & Vasilios Christoflilakos, chair of accessories design

Prof. Sandra Krasovec advising prospective student of packaging design

“I had a very important conversation with students about what they can do after graduation,” said Jeff Way, assist. chair of fine arts. “We have graduates who come to the classroom to talk about what they are doing.”

Student advisors & textile design BFA majors Gabrielle Marino and Samantha Dines help out behind the swatches

Sara Petitt, chair of textile surface design

Ramon Campos holding an octopus  prototype made by alum Andres Garza

 Ramon Campos, a student adviser, switched to toy design after completing his AAS in illustration. He was on hand to help prospective students navigate the waters.



photos: Rachel Ellner


The weekly scoop from fashion innovators

By , September 5, 2012 2:12 pm

The Faces & Places in Fashion lecture series is all straight talk, practical advice, fashion forecasting, and insider dishing delivered by formidable fashion innovators. “This semester we have an outstanding array of entrepreneurs with a focus on footwear and accessories,” says Faces & Places professor Joshua Williams.

Lectures are open to the public.

Lectures are held in the Katie Murphy Amphitheater  in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center (D building),  Seventh Avenue at 27th Street.

Schedule subject to change

Meet Oliver Amato-Muzzy

By , August 28, 2012 3:44 pm

Please welcome Oliver, the latest member of the photography department’s extended canine family. The five-year-old Smooth Fox Terrier was adopted from a Rhode Island rescue facility by Ron Amato, chair of the photography department and his husband Seth Muzzy. “He’s changing every day,” says Amato. Oliver it appears has discriminating tastes. “Last night he was playing with all his toys. This morning he wanted nothing to do with them.” 

Oliver Amato-Muzzy

“Why the long face Oliver?” asks assistant chair Brad Paris the owner of a mutt named Pill.  Well for one thing Oliver had 11 teeth extracted last week, not long after being neutered. It’s a lot for a little fellow to go through, but Amato says his boy is very resilient.

Ron Amato, Oliver & Seth Muzzy

We hope for Oliver’s speedy recovery.

 photos: Ron Amato


By , May 27, 2012 6:53 pm

Delayed gratification may be coming back in style. Recent graphic design grad Amanda Camodeo is putting an artistic emphasis on writing cards and letters — those that get delivered to your mailbox rather than your inbox.

Amanda Camodeo with her book of mail

“I’m a big fan of mail,” said Camodeo, whose writing booth at the Media Design Club exhibit at Center548 on Thursday was equipped with 60 handmade, Victorian-style, ready-stamped postcards and a make-shift drop-off box.  “When you get something in the mail that isn’t a bill,  promotion or coupon, you just smile,” she said.

Suzanne Anoushian, Communication Design Chair, checking out the mail book

“With the advancement of technology people forget how beautiful mail is,” said Camodeo. The postcards seduced many hardened instant-message writers.   An hour and a half into the exhibit  so many postcards had been, well, dashed off, that Camodeo’s supply was running low.  “I wanted to promote with the help of my drop off box sending mail and give people a chance to do so.”

Liat Alon and Natalie Eichengreen marvel at hand-written mail

Many more lingered over Camodeo’s hand-fashioned book containing old letters and quotes about mail.

A favorite of Camodeo’s is by an unknown author:

“Sending a handwritten letter is like sending a small part of yourself.”

Mark Twain was less gushy: “Great letters are something everyone wants to get but hardly anyone wants to write, at least not at just this moment.”

Suzanne Anoushian, Chair of Communication lingered over the book’s contents and design.  “Her research is very thoughtful. She’s created an art form out of what was the previous form of communication. Here we are at a show that’s about ‘process’ — how you get to where you get,” said Anoushian. “This is the precursor to communication as we know it now.”

This is not, but the real thing.

Camodeo sent out the postcards after photographing them to complete the project. The cash-strapped post office should be glad. Perhaps they will mail Camodeo a marketing contract.

To see more of Amanda Camodeo’s work go to:

Photos by: Rachel Ellner

Catering to Barbie’s every whim and loving it!

By , May 16, 2012 8:12 pm

With Barbie now ensconced in her parlors, bedrooms, and other habitats, and with a wardrobe to kill–and with Ken looking on–it was time for thinking of food and pink!  An awards ceremony recognizing those who catered many long months to Barbie’s every fashion whim took place May 10 in the Katie Murphy Amphitheater.  Cotton candy, pink cupcakes, popcorn, pink drinks, watermelon and strawberries were served to a jubilant gathering of students, parents, FIT faculty and Mattel representatives.

pre-award photo op w/ student finalists

“Play with Fashion” encompassed student work from five Art & Design departments. For the Visual  Presentation and Exhibition Design (VPED) department, their installation “The Pink Issue” serves as the graduating exhibition.

Prof. Ann Kong of VPED with students

Barbie luxuriates in her many settings and styles in the lobby of the D Building.

Maor Tapiro's winning Shopaholic design. "Barbie & I share the same shopping addiction."

Veronica Zhou beside her winning shoulder sparkle design

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the pinkest of them all?  Admirers (l-r) Colette Wong, Chair, Karen Scheetz, Assist. Chair, and Prof. Eileen Karp all of Fashion Design caught fawning over Barbie’s new digs and finery.

Elyse Falato next to her winning little girl’s jewelry box containing Barbie’s shoes and accessories

A proud VPED instructor Prof. Glen Socoli with winning students Mike Jonhston, & Phoebe King

 FD Chair Colette Wong,  and A&D Dean Joanne Arbuckle toast the event 

The evening celebrated Barbie’s new looks and environments created by Art & Design students

Binh Nguyen who won for "A Helping Hand" photos inspired by girls without dolls

Katie McTammany and her proud dad. McTammany won for Barbie's "green" digs. Her Interior Design showcase was made with reused and repurposed old clothes and accessories.

Jessica Mazur winner of "Timeless Barbie Powder Room" and Eirc Daniels Assist. Chair from Interior Design

Plenty of pink to go around: Prof. Johannes Knoops and Asst. Chair Eric Daniels of ID, with Craig Berger, VPED Chair


Luci Alpers' "Strike a Pose" bedroom for Barbie

Barbie finally gets  a moment to kick up her heels.

The Barbie exhibit will remain on view in FIT’s D-building lobby, corner of 27th & 7th Ave, until September 3, 2012.

photos: Rachel Ellner

Creative directors speak about “voice, vision and narrative”

By , September 27, 2011 5:00 pm

An engaging hour’s talk filled with industry experience and trend observation of who, and what, dictates fashion, was held in Katie Murphy Amphitheater on Thursday.  “What Makes a Good Creative Director?” was moderated by Faces & Places instructor Joshua Williams.

L-R David Wolfe, Emmett Shine, Piera Gelardi

One challenging topic was the response to fashion in the economic downturn. “There was never more luxury than in the 30s,” said David Wolfe of The Doneger Group.  “Will the middle class find a way to be inspirational or feel trapped in the new financial landscape that they’ll go for the generic…Some will have called it correctly and others will be off by a mile.”

Piera Gelardi of Refinery99 noted regional differences in fashion. “Even though fashion is becoming worldwide there’s still a lot that’s local…Cities have their own style.”

“There’s a degree of homogenization…brands have leveled out,” said Wolfe. “I don’t think we have a fashion dictatorship. We don’t have to buy something to be in style.

“Customers are playing a larger role,” in fashion said Emmett Shine of Gin Lane Media.  Yet creative directors he said still need to call the shots when they have a “gut feeling.”

Emmett Shine of Gin Lane speaking

“Staying true to your customers but not staying irrelevant,” is Gelardi’s approach. “People are trying new ways of testing products–to have people vote on products–it’s changing the whole brand system.”

Shine said he liked the “democratization” of social media. “I have my own taste but it’s fine for people to figure it out on their own.”  But you have to know your “voice, vision and narrative” he said.

A diverse panel of creative directors

Social media, the panel agreed, doesn’t replace meeting people and sharing ideas. “People who are at the right place and the right time put themselves at the right place and the right time 10 times,” said Shine.

On that note Piera, was keen to advise students “exceed expectations.”

Students lingered to ask questions. “It’s an awesome for students to be in touch with the brands they admire and the people who make the brands go round,” said FMM student, Claudette McQueen. “It makes it less fantasy and more tangible.”

Photos provided by The Doneger Group


Hurly-Burly comes to The Museum @ FIT

By , June 23, 2011 6:10 pm

A Hurly-Burly Capstone Exhibition might be defined as a commotion of artistic expression and wonderment that lures and intrigues the viewer.  The Hurly-Burly, an exhibit of master’s in Illustration works, is on display at The Museum through July 2nd.

“The show is a wonderful way to bring my ‘mythological hybrids’ to life,” says Lisa Murgo, Class of 2011. Her works are an invitation to other-worldly lands and playful beasts.  “It is great when feedback from unbiased sources reinforces what you are planning to do.”

“Allpaku” by Lisa Murgo

Illustration is “a constant love,” says Murgo. “It’s the heartbeat of everything I do.”

“Basilisk” by Lisa Murgo

Murgo invested in a master of arts degree in Illustration in order to forge a career change in illustration, which she hopes will include teaching. “I loved the program. It woke up my brain,” she says. “I even loved working on a thesis–It’s a discipline that makes the other side of the brain better-–it balances the creative with the logic.”

The illustrations in the Capstone Exhibition, according to the Museum website, “reflect the independently-minded mission of the program.”

In fact, “The class (of 2011) was as diverse and colorful as the artwork on the walls of Hurly Burly,” says Elena Ambotaite. “We all came from different walks of life and backgrounds, yet we managed to become a cohesive unit, influencing and challenging each other.”

“Hippie Fiesta” by Elena Ambotaite

“It was nothing less then a pleasure to learn and grow alongside people who share the same passion,” says Ambotaite of her experience in the MFA class of 2011.

For more info visit The Mueum at FIT website:

Images used with permission

FIT Senior BFA Photography Exhibit

By , May 13, 2011 2:47 pm

May 12th  marked the opening of the BFA Photography Exhibit at the Salt Space.  Fortunately, there’s more time, until May 25th, to be transported by its wonder and magic.  See details below.Spirit Photograph by Jolene Lupo

Spirit Photograph by Jolene Lupo

“42″ the Fashion Institute of Technology BFA Photography 2011 Senior Show is on view from May 12 – May 25 at Salt Space,1158 Broadway @ 27th St., floors 4 & 5. For more information go to:

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