Category: Certificates

ESL / Fashion Business Program

By , May 4, 2012 11:50 am

English is the language of the global fashion business!

Do you want to improve your English language skills?
Are you interested in fashion design, promotion, retail buying, the fragrance business, fashion trend forecasting or global fashion business development?  
Would you like to spend several weeks in New York City?  
Then FIT’s Summer English as a Second Language / Fashion Business Program is for you!

July 5, 2012 – July 26, 2012
This three-week intensive session offered in partnership with FIT’s Educational Skills department includes an ESL course and classes in fashion business and design topics. Attendees meet a variety of fashion-related industry experts in the classroom and at special events.
Earn a Professional Studies Certificate of Completion.

ESL photos
Standard Programs:
Fashion Design
Fashion Merchandising
Fragrance Product Development
Fashion Promotion

Elite/Accelerated Programs:
Fashion Trend Forecasting
Global Fashion Business

For a complete brochure, download this PDF.
To register, go to, select ESL Programs, choose the track of your choice, and proceed to check out.


Costume Designer: Eiko Ishioka

By , March 30, 2012 12:59 pm

Costume Designer Eiko Ishioka passed away in January. Her latest film comes out today, Mirror Mirror. Check out her designs!

Check out this blog post from -
A Look Back at the Magical Work of Mirror Mirror Costume Designer Eiko Ishioka

Mirror Mirror Costume Designer Eiko Ishioka

Mirror Mirror Costume Designer Eiko Ishioka

Check out this article from the New York Times -
Summoning the Fairest of Them All

“Mirror Mirror,” the Snow White film

“Mirror Mirror,” the Snow White film



By , February 10, 2012 11:26 am

Some of you may have noticed that the lovely little  has now appeared to the right. What is it? It’s Pinterest! Have no idea what Pinterest is?

Well, let me give it to you in a nutshell…

For our purposes, it’s our Instructor & Student Think Tank with topics relating to our Certificate Programs and noncredit classes.

It’s an online scrapbook that students and instructors can use to clip and contain ideas / images, so they are put together as a giant ‘think tank’.

Pinterest Screen Shot

Let us know what you think!

Love is in the air!

By , February 8, 2012 3:41 am

It’s that time of the year again! Love is in the air! Now, I think you should love yourself EVERYDAY and receive love EVERYDAY but on this day, you might want to show it just a little more. We could all use a little more love.

Whether you’re going on a date with your Valentine or hanging out with friends, you’ve got to look good to feel good! It doesn’t have to break the bank either.

Rule #1: When buying outfits for a “themed” holiday or special occasion, you should make sure you can wear it more than once a year.

Rule#2: You should be comfortable!

Rule #3: Don’t over spend. Come up with a budget and stick to it.

I found a few looks to fit whatever mood you find yourself in on Valentine’s Day.

If you’re feeling sophisticated, try this Classic look

Asos red dress

Are you a free spirit? Try this Boho look

Asos white dress

Do you like to be different? Here’s a Modern look

Asos green pattern dress

Is “Bling” a major word in your vocabulary? Here’s a show stopping Glam look

Asos bling dress


All of these looks can be worn through out the year and probably go with a pair of shoes you already own. They are also all under $100 and can be found on! You can look fantastic on a budget. Just because it’s Valentine’s Day, you don’t have to wear red! Be adventurous. Be unique.

So love yourself and look your best this Valentine’s Day. Send a picture to show us your look!

Sadia Seymour teaches SXS 100: Intro to Fashion Styling, SXS 110: Fashion Styling Confidential, and SXM 010: Styling Fit Fundamentals.

Winter Classes!

By , November 17, 2011 12:26 pm

Register for Winter you know that you can register for Winter classes online?


Jewelry is Getting More Colorful!

By , October 12, 2011 10:10 am


Precious and semi-precious colored stones galore in jewelry, the more colorful the better!
Strange and exotic mixtures in multi-colors using fuchsia stones mixed with turquoise and coral.
Asymmetrical jewelry in precious stones that are ombre and mixed and matched.
Different colored metals mixed together with stones.
Great pieces coming from Erickson Beamon, Chrishabana, Lulu Frost, Amanda Pearl Dannijo Jewels, Kara Ross, etc.
Great contemporary uses of materials. Crochet, macramé, rope, knotting along with diamonds gold and silver.

Barbara Arlen teaches SXC 100: Color Theory and Culture, SXC 110: Color Discovery Interactive Workshop, SXC 260:Color Painting Studio, and SXF 840: Career Opportunities for Working with Color.

Lecture and Book Signing

By , October 12, 2011 6:00 am

Lecture and Book Signing: New York Fashion Week by Eila Mell

October 12, 2011  |  5:00 PM  |  Barnes & Noble at FIT

Journalist Eila Mell discusses and signs copies of her new book, New York Fashion Week: The Designers, the Models, the Fashions of the Bryant Park Era. For more information, contact Barnes & Noble at FIT, 212-217-5690.

Our Fashion Events Planning facilitator and instructor Barbara Berman
is featured in this book!



Free Event: It’s not what you know, but who you know!

By , October 5, 2011 7:00 pm


Deb Seidman, President, Green Silk Associates, LLC

Deb works with business leaders to design and implement high-performing organizations. Deb has over 25 years experience both as a consultant and as an internal HR manager in global organizations. She has extensive experience in human capital management, including organization design and change management, team effectiveness, meeting facilitation, performance management, talent management, leadership development and process improvement.
Deb holds an M.A. from New York University in Politics with a concentration in International Politics and Business, and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Heidi Wooden, Managing Director, The Wooden Hub

Heidi Wooden is the founder of The Wooden Hub, a business strategy and marketing services firm that provides best practices-based, business focused solutions to small and mid-sized organizations. With a commitment to excellence in service, Heidi is responsible for formulating and executing transformational strategies that yield measurable results. She is an accomplished and sought after global marketing executive with 18 years of experience in the technology, financial services, and professional services sectors.
Heidi holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a B.A. in English Literature from U.C. Berkeley.

Offered by the Enterprise Center at FIT, 7th Ave @ 27th St, Suite D130, NYC


By , September 7, 2011 12:30 pm


The Native American Clothing Contest took place on the Plaza in Santa Fe on Aug 21 on the last day of SWAIA’s famous 90 year old Indian Art Market. One of the judges was Tom Ford (who lives in Santa Fe) and it was a very high profile event. Ford said in the New Mexican Newspaper that “color, composition and creativity are all essential to good design…..but the energy and effort put into each piece of clothing….creates the winning style”.  Some of the outstanding pieces of clothing had deep meanings to the many tribal designers who created them. Against the cityscape of Santa Fe’s Plaza, the light and color made the event irresistible. These photos taken by me, include many of the winners along with street wear on ordinary people. It is a must-see for 2012.

Barbara Arlen teaches SXC 100: Color Theory and Culture, SXC 110: Color Discovery Interactive Workshop, SXC 260:Color Painting Studio, and SXF 840: Career Opportunities for Working with Color.

Pet Fashion Program Takes a Bow Wow!

By , September 7, 2011 9:05 am

On Sunday August 14th, Lauren Collier, host of News 12CT’s PET TALK interviewed Pet Product Design and Marketing certificate students Lisa Barnes and Jessica Linder along with CPS Managing Coordinator Joan Volpe for a segment that aired the following week. It was a terrific opportunity for both students who already have launched businesses and a great opportunity for pet lovers  in Connecticut to learn that FIT offers this training. HOT TOPICS INSIDER thought you’d enjoy at look at what went on.

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