Category Archives: History

A piece about FIT and/or fashion history.

JESSICA, MEET CAROL: AN EXAMINATION OF FIT’S MOST POPULAR NAMES

Ever since FIT’s 2012 Commencement, Hue has been thinking about names. So Hue did what any slightly obsessive personality with statistical leanings would do: make a word cloud out of all the names from the program and see which ones … Continue reading

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DESIGNER CHARLES JAMES WAS NOT A GENIUS: DISCUSS

Hue noticed a rather interesting passage in Charles James, a book about the designer (1906-1978), sometimes called “America’s first couturier,” who designed the famous “clover leaf” dresses, and other garments (some of which are in the collection of The Museum … Continue reading

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ELEANOR LAMBERT STARTED PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING AND NOW FIT OWNS A TON OF HER STUFF

Back when John Tiffany was in high school, he was researching the 1973 Battle of Versailles fashion show for a speechwriting project, and someone suggested he call Eleanor Lambert, the legendary publicist who organized it. “She answered the phone, gave … Continue reading

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HUE THINKS ABOUT BEGINNINGS AND BECOMES CHOKED UP WITH NOSTALGIA

Hue is thinking about beginnings.  The beginnings of the Fashion Institute of Technology, for example:   The above photograph actually represents a second beginning for FIT: In 1958, the college broke ground on West 27th Street, where it remains today.  … Continue reading

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