FIT stakeholders packed into FIT’s new broadcast studio on November 18, the official opening of the labs and studios in the David Dubinsky Student Center, for speeches by politicians, FIT VIPs, and others involved in the project. Guests toured the dozen new, light-filled spaces, for Toy Design, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, Jewelry Design, and others.
The real scene-stealer that morning, however, was the gigantic pair of scissors that President Joyce F. Brown used to snip the ceremonial ribbon.
President Brown with FIT's Super-Size Scissors. Also in the picture: Edwin A. Goodman, chair of FIT's board of trustees, Giacomo Oliva, vice president of academic affairs, and assembly member Dick Gottfried.
These 34-inch shears, purchased from Golden Openings Inc., have handles in FIT’s blue and our logo on one side. This was their debut performance; expect to see them at future openings—or whenever anything important needs to be cut.
Hue thinks it might get a pair to complement its collection of keys to the city and giant sweepstakes checks.
Hue recently learned that Marie Mirisola ’46, an alumna from FIT’s first graduating class, died at 84 on September 23.
Marie Mirisola '46
In 2004, Network (Hue’s forebear) profiled Mirisola. She and her husband Charles founded a Greenwich Village boutique called Etcetera, which sold customized outfits for women. Her star rose through the decades, and soon she was selling her coats to Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, and Bloomingdale’s. She invented a spandex dress that could be stuffed into a handbag without wrinkling, worn in prominent ads by Warhol darling Baby Jane Holzer. She closed the last Etcetera store in 1986 and worked until the early oughts.
Hue salutes her achievement.