Fashion Institute of Technology
Overview
 
The Fashion Institute of Technology, generally known as FIT, is a State University of New York
State University of New York
The State University of New York, abbreviated SUNY , is a system of public institutions of higher education in New York, United States. It is the largest comprehensive system of universities, colleges, and community colleges in the United States, with a total enrollment of 465,000 students, plus...

 (SUNY) college of art
Art
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, business
Business
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, design
Design
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, and technology
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 connected to the fashion industry, with an urban campus located on West 27th Street between Seventh
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 and Eighth
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 Avenues in the Chelsea neighborhood
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 of Manhattan
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 , New York City
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. It was founded in 1944, accredited in 1957, and is ranked among the top five fashion schools in the world. It has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students.
Seventeen majors are offered through the School of Art and Design and ten through the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology leading to the A.A.S., B.F.A., or B.S.
Encyclopedia
The Fashion Institute of Technology, generally known as FIT, is a State University of New York
State University of New York
The State University of New York, abbreviated SUNY , is a system of public institutions of higher education in New York, United States. It is the largest comprehensive system of universities, colleges, and community colleges in the United States, with a total enrollment of 465,000 students, plus...

 (SUNY) college of art
Art
Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging items in a way that influences and affects one or more of the senses, emotions, and intellect....

, business
Business
A business is an organization engaged in the trade of goods, services, or both to consumers. Businesses are predominant in capitalist economies, where most of them are privately owned and administered to earn profit to increase the wealth of their owners. Businesses may also be not-for-profit...

, design
Design
Design as a noun informally refers to a plan or convention for the construction of an object or a system while “to design” refers to making this plan...

, and technology
Technology
Technology is the making, usage, and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, crafts, systems or methods of organization in order to solve a problem or perform a specific function. It can also refer to the collection of such tools, machinery, and procedures. The word technology comes ;...

 connected to the fashion industry, with an urban campus located on West 27th Street between Seventh
Seventh Avenue (Manhattan)
Seventh Avenue, known as Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard north of Central Park, is a thoroughfare on the West Side of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. It is southbound below Central Park and a two-way street north of the park....

 and Eighth
Eighth Avenue (Manhattan)
Eighth Avenue is a north-south avenue on the West Side of Manhattan in New York City, carrying northbound traffic. Eighth Avenue begins in the West Village neighborhood at Abingdon Square and runs north for 44 blocks through Chelsea, the Garment District, Hell's Kitchen's east end, Midtown and the...

 Avenues in the Chelsea neighborhood
Chelsea, Manhattan
Chelsea is a neighborhood on the West Side of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The district's boundaries are roughly 14th Street to the south, 30th Street to the north, the western boundary of the Ladies' Mile Historic District – which lies between the Avenue of the Americas and...

 of Manhattan
Manhattan
Manhattan is the oldest and the most densely populated of the five boroughs of New York City. Located primarily on the island of Manhattan at the mouth of the Hudson River, the boundaries of the borough are identical to those of New York County, an original county of the state of New York...

 , New York City
New York City
New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. New York exerts a significant impact upon global commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and...

. It was founded in 1944, accredited in 1957, and is ranked among the top five fashion schools in the world. It has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students.

Degrees offered

Seventeen majors are offered through the School of Art and Design and ten through the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology leading to the A.A.S., B.F.A., or B.S. degrees. The School of Liberal Arts currently offers a BS degree in Art History and Museum Professions. The School of Graduate Studies offers seven programs leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts or Master of Professional Studies degree.

FIT is an accredited institutional member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools is a voluntary, peer-based, non-profit association dedicated to educational excellence and improvement through peer evaluation and accreditation...

, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
The National Association of Schools of Art and Design , founded in 1944, is an accrediting organization of colleges, schools and universities in the United States. The organization establishes standards for graduate and undergraduate degrees. Member institutions complete periodic peer review...

, and the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research.

Campus

The nine-building campus includes classrooms, television and radio studios, labs, design workshops, and multiple exhibition galleries.

The campus has a Barnes & Noble College Bookstore
Barnes & Noble College Booksellers
Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, Inc. operates bookstores at more than 600 U.S. colleges and universities. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers is a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc., which acquired it in 2009. It was formerly a separate company, and Barnes & Noble chairman Leonard S. Riggio...

. The Conference Center at FIT features the John E. Reeves Great Hall, a space suitable for conferences, fashion shows, lectures, and other events. The campus also has two large theatres: the Haft Auditorium and the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre.

FIT serves over 6,500 full-time and 3,000 part-time students. Four dormitories, three of which are on-campus, serve approximately 2,300 students and offer a variety of accommodations.The George S. and Mariana Kaufman Residence Hall located at 406 West 31st Street - formerly a book bindery factory - was converted into residential apartments, to offer more housing near the campus for FIT students. The campus also has a retail food court/dining hall, a deli and a Starbucks
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.

Academic facilities

The Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center offers facilities for design studies: photography studios with black-and-white darkrooms, painting rooms, a sculpture studio, a printmaking room, a graphics laboratory, display and exhibit design rooms, life-sketching rooms, and a model-making workshop. The Shirley Goodman Resource Center houses the Museum at FIT and the Library/Media Services, with references for history, sociology, technology, art, and literature; international journals and periodicals; sketchbooks and records donated by designers, manufacturers, and merchants; slides, tapes, and periodicals; and a clipping file. The Gladys Marcus Library houses books, periodicals, and nonprint materials. FIT also has many computer labs for student use. The Instructional Media Services Department provides audiovisual and TV support and an in-house TV studio. Student work is also displayed throughout the campus. Fashion shows featuring the work of graduating B.F.A. students occur each academic year.

The Design/Research Lighting Laboratory, a development facility for interior design and other academic disciplines, features 400 commercially available lighting fixtures controlled by a computer. The Annette Green/Fragrance Foundation Laboratory is an environment for the study of fragrance development.

Union

The United College Employees of Fashion Institute of Technology/SUNY (UCE-FIT) is a wall-to-wall union of faculty and staff that was formed in 1967 to win one of the first public higher education union contracts in New York State. Since that time the Union has continued to define and protect the rights of its members.

Notable alumni

  • Amsale Aberra
    Amsale Aberra
    Amsale Aberra is an Ethiopian fashion designer and entrepreneur.She is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers and a Trustee of the Fashion Institute of Technology....

     – fashion designer of couture
    Couture
    -Places in France:* Couture, Charente, in the Charente département* Couture-d'Argenson, in the Deux-Sèvres département* Couture-sur-Loir, in the Loir-et-Cher département-People:* Randy Couture , American mixed martial arts fighter...

     bridal gowns and eveningwear
  • Reem Acra
    Reem Acra
    Reem Acra is an internationally known Lebanese fashion designer. She studied in Paris, as well as New York. She is known for her bridal designs. Her designs are sold in famous clothing boutiques such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. She has been on several popular magazines including In...

     – fashion designer of couture bridal gowns and eveningwear
  • Karen Allen
    Karen Allen
    Karen Jane Allen is an American actress best known for her role as Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull...

     – actress
  • Timothy D. Bellavia
    Timothy D. Bellavia
    Timothy D. Bellavia is an American children's author, illustrator and educator.- Awards :• Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture – Fellowship Grant −1997• Christopher Award Nomination – Best Children’s Book 2001...

     – children's author and illustrator
  • Fonzworth Bentley
    Fonzworth Bentley
    Derrick Watkins, in Atlanta, Georgia and popularly known as Fonzworth Bentley or Farnsworth Bentley, is a musician and author. He is perhaps best known for being Sean Combs' former personal valet and assistant, as first seen in Making the Band 2, and is currently the host of MTV's From G's to Gents...

     – hip-hop artist, entertainer, fashion designer
  • Gessica Brooke
    Gessica Brooke
    Gessica Brooke is a New York-based modern luxury womenswear and accessories label, founded in 2009 by designer Gessica Brooke.In 2011, Gessica Brooke's S/S 2011 Collection was featured in fashion magazine FOAM....

     – fashion and accessories designer
  • Carolina Bucci
    Carolina Bucci
    Carolina Bucci is a jewelry designer and synonymous jewelry brand. Originally from Florence, Italy, Carolina Bucci now lives in London, UK.----- Education and Background :...

     – jewellery designer
  • David Chu
    David Chu (designer)
    David Chu, born Chu Hsin-chi in 1955, is a Taiwanese American fashion designer best known as the founder of Nautica, a men's designer outerwear company.-Early life and education:...

     – President, Designer and CEO of Nautica International, Inc.
  • Mandy Coon
    Mandy Coon
    Mandy Coon is a New York-based fashion designer of her eponymous line.- Career:Growing up in a small Houston suburb of Katy, Texas, Coon began her career in fashion as a model, after being approached by a model scout in a local shopping mall...

     – fashion designer
  • Francisco Costa – designer, Calvin Klein
    Calvin Klein
    Calvin Richard Klein is an American fashion designer who launched the company that would later become Calvin Klein Inc. in 1968. In addition to clothing, Klein has also given his name to a range of perfumes, watches, and jewelry....

     collection for women
  • Angie Cruz
    Angie Cruz
    Angie Cruz is an American novelist.Cruz was born in Washington Heights, New York City. She is of Dominican descent, and often traveled back and forth between New York City and the Dominican Republic while growing up. She is currently a professor at Texas A&M University.Cruz treats themes of home,...

     – novelist and author
  • Laura Dahl
    Laura Dahl
    Laura Dahl is an American fashion designer. A native of Las Vegas, NV, she attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona and continued her studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.-Career:...

     – fashion Designer
  • Chloe Dao
    Chloe Dao
    Chloe Dao , is an American fashion designer of Vietnamese ancestry who lives and works in Houston, Texas. She was the winner of the second season of the reality show Project Runway with a collection of women's evening wear...

     – winner of the TV series Project Runway
    Project Runway
    Project Runway is an American reality television series on Lifetime Television, previously on the Bravo network, which focuses on fashion design and is hosted by model Heidi Klum. The contestants compete with each other to create the best clothes and are restricted in time, materials and theme...

    (season 2)
  • Amber Lee Ettinger
    Amber Lee Ettinger
    Amber Lee Ettinger is an American actress, internet celebrity, and model. She first rose to fame as Obama Girl in her Internet video "I Got a Crush... on Obama", in which she expressed her admiration of then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama...

     – model and actress
  • Nina Garcia
    Nina Garcia
    Nina García, is a Colombian fashion journalist and critic who has held the post of Fashion Director at Elle and Marie Claire magazines, and is currently a judge on the Lifetime reality television program Project Runway....

     – Project Runway
    Project Runway
    Project Runway is an American reality television series on Lifetime Television, previously on the Bravo network, which focuses on fashion design and is hosted by model Heidi Klum. The contestants compete with each other to create the best clothes and are restricted in time, materials and theme...

    judge; editor-at-large, Marie-Claire
    Marie-Claire
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     magazine
  • Carolina Herrera
    Carolina Herrera (fashion designer)
    Carolina Herrera Carolina Herrera Carolina Herrera (born María Carolina Josefina Pacanins y Niño (born January 8, 1939) is a Venezuelan and naturalized American fashion designer and entrepreneur who founded her eponymous company in 1980.-Early life:...

     – fashion designer, President of Carolina Herrera New York
  • Calvin Klein (1962) – founder of Calvin Klein, Inc.
    Calvin Klein
    Calvin Richard Klein is an American fashion designer who launched the company that would later become Calvin Klein Inc. in 1968. In addition to clothing, Klein has also given his name to a range of perfumes, watches, and jewelry....

  • Michael Kors
    Michael Kors
    Michael Kors is an American fashion designer. He is best known for designing classic American sportswear for women.-Personal life:...

     – President and CEO of Michael Kors
  • Nanette Lepore
    Nanette Lepore
    Nanette Lepore is a well known fashion designer based in New York City. New York magazine has said that she is "Known for her feminine style and fine detailing, Nanette Lepore makes ultra-chic clothes that are at the same time easy to wear."-Biography:Lepore's father, James, was a professor of art...

     – fashion designer and owner, Robespierre, Inc.
  • Antonio Lopez
    Antonio Lopez (illustrator)
    Antonio Lopez was a fashion illustrator whose work appeared in such publications as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Interview and The New York Times. Several books collecting his illustrations have been published...

     – fashion illustrator
  • Roxanne Lowit
    Roxanne Lowit
    Roxanne Lowit is a New York-based fashion and celebrity photographer who is said to have "become as much a celebrity as those she photographed." She is represented by Stockland Martel.- Career :...

     – fashion and celebrity photographer
  • Leon Max
    Leon Max
    Leon Max is a Russian-born American fashion designer and retailer.-Early life:Leon was born Leonid Maxovich Rodovinski born in 1954 in Leningrad, Soviet Union . The son of a playwright, he attended an English school and read the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald...

     – President and CEO of Max Studios
  • Angela Simmons – TV personality, fashion designer, CEO of Pastry Kicks
  • Audrey Quock
    Audrey Quock
    Audrey Quock is an Asian American model and actress.-Biography:Quock was born in New York, New York in Manhattan and is of Chinese descent. She is perhaps most famous for being a swimsuit model for Sports Illustrated. In addition, she has also modeled for Elle magazine and Cosmopolitan...

     – model and actress
  • Ralph Rucci (1980) – fashion designer, Chado Ralph Rucci
    Chado Ralph Rucci
    Ralph Rucci is an American fashion designer and artist. He is known in particular for Chado Ralph Rucci, a luxury clothing and accessories line. Rucci's clothing designs have appeared in a number of major exhibitions, and he has won some significant fashion-industry awards...

  • Joel Schumacher
    Joel Schumacher
    Joel T. Schumacher is an American film director, screenwriter and producer.-Early life:Schumacher was born in New York City, the son of Marian and Francis Schumacher. His mother was a Swedish Jew, and his father was a Baptist from Knoxville, Tennessee, who died when Joel was four years old...

     – director, producer, writer ,costume designer
  • Fabrice Simon
    Fabrice Simon
    Fabrice Simon was an award-winning artist and fashion designer, best known for his hand-made beaded dresses....

     – fashion designer and artist
  • Naomi Sims
    Naomi Sims
    Naomi Ruth Sims was an African American model, businesswoman and author., who is widely credited as being the first African American supermodel.-Early life:...

     – model and author
  • Ramona Singer – New York socialite, starred on Bravo TV series The Real Housewives of New York City
    The Real Housewives of New York City
    The Real Housewives of New York City is an American reality television program on the Bravo cable TV network, a spin-off of the Bravo series The Real Housewives of Orange County. New York is the second city featured in The Real Housewives of... franchise...

  • Stephen A. Smith
    Stephen A. Smith
    -Early years:Smith was raised in the Hollis neighborhood of the New York City borough of Queens. He lived with his parents and four older sisters.He attended Winston-Salem State University, a historically black university in Winston-Salem, North Carolina...

     – sportscaster, former host of Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith
    Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith
    Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith was a nightly one-hour television show on ESPN2 hosted by Philadelphia Inquirer columnist and ESPN reporter Stephen A. Smith. The show premiered on August 1, 2005. It was cancelled on January 11, 2007 because of low ratings. Smith called the cancellation a...

  • Ivy Supersonic
    Ivy Supersonic
    Ivy Supersonic is a New York fashion designer, self-promoter, event planner, and animated character designer. She is the daughter of Jerome Silberstein, co-founder of Silberstein, Awad & Miklos.-Fashion and promotion:...

     – hat designer
  • Isabel Toledo
    Isabel Toledo
    Isabel Toledo is a Cuban-American fashion designer based in New York.-Personal life:Isabel Toledo was born in Cuba and moved to New Jersey where she attended high school and met her future husband and collaborator, Ruben Toledo...

     – fashion designer
  • Nathan Thomas, – winner of Bravo's TV series Top Design
    Top Design
    Top Design is an American reality television series. Interior designers compete to win cash and receive a spot in New York's Designer showcases....

    (season 2)
  • Daniel Vosovic
    Daniel Vosovic
    Daniel Vosovic is a fashion designer and a finalist in season 2 of the reality show, Project Runway. He was the winner of the Project Runway All-Star Challenge, which aired on August 20, 2009.-Biography:...

     – runner-up of TV series Project Runway
    Project Runway
    Project Runway is an American reality television series on Lifetime Television, previously on the Bravo network, which focuses on fashion design and is hosted by model Heidi Klum. The contestants compete with each other to create the best clothes and are restricted in time, materials and theme...

    (season 2)
  • Jennifer Welker
    Jennifer Welker
    Jennifer C. Welker is an American filmmaker and writer, best known for the projects War-Angels and the documentary Beyond the Ribbon, which she wrote, directed and edited....

     – fashion designer and filmmaker
    Filmmaking
    Filmmaking is the process of making a film, from an initial story, idea, or commission, through scriptwriting, casting, shooting, directing, editing, and screening the finished product before an audience that may result in a theatrical release or television program...

  • Joe Zee
    Joe Zee
    Joe Zee is an American stylist and creative director of Elle.Zee was born in Hong Kong and moved to Toronto at 1 year old...

     – Creative Director of Elle Magazine, host of the Sundance Channel's original program All on the Line

The Museum at FIT

The Museum at FIT includes important collections of clothing
Clothing
Clothing refers to any covering for the human body that is worn. The wearing of clothing is exclusively a human characteristic and is a feature of nearly all human societies...

, textile
Textile
A textile or cloth is a flexible woven material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibres often referred to as thread or yarn. Yarn is produced by spinning raw fibres of wool, flax, cotton, or other material to produce long strands...

s, and accessories
Fashion accessory
Fashion accessories are decorative items that supplement and complement clothes, such as jewelery, gloves, handbags, hats, belts, scarves, wigs, watches, sunglasses, pins, stockings, bow ties, hand fans, leg warmers, leggings, neckties, suspenders, and tights....

. The Museum was founded in 1967. Known then as the Design Laboratory, The Museum at FIT began presenting exhibitions in the 1970s, utilizing a collection on long-term loan from the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Over time, The Museum at FIT acquired its own collection, as well as thousands of textiles and other fashion-related material. In 1993, the Board of Trustees of FIT, noting the significance of the Design Laboratory’s collections and exhibitions, changed the institution's name to The Museum at FIT.

The Museum’s permanent collection now includes more than 50,000 garments and accessories from the 18th century to the present. Important designers such as Adrian
Adrian
Adrian is a form of the Latin given name Hadrianus . Several saints and six popes have borne this name, including the only English pope, Adrian IV, and the only Dutch pope, Adrian VI...

, Balenciaga
Balenciaga
Balenciaga is a fashion house founded by Cristóbal Balenciaga, a Basque designer, born in the Basque Country, Spain. He had a reputation as a couturier of uncompromising standards and was referred to as "the master of us all" by Christian Dior. His bubble skirts and odd, feminine, yet ultra-modern...

, Chanel
Chanel
Chanel S.A. is a French fashion house founded by the couturier Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, well established in haute couture, specializing in luxury goods . She gained the name "Coco" while maintaining a career as a singer at a café in France...

, and Dior
Dior
Dior can mean:* Christian Dior SA, a French clothing retailer* In J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional Middle-earth legendarium:**Dior Eluchíl, a Half-elven of the First Age**Dior , a Steward of GondorDior is a surname, and may refer to:...

 are represented. The collecting policy of the Museum focuses on aesthetically and historically significant clothing, accessories, textiles and visual materials, with emphasis on contemporary avant-garde fashion.

There are three galleries in the Museum. The lower level gallery is devoted to special exhibitions. The Fashion and Textile History Gallery on the main floor features a rotating selection of approximately 200 historically and artistically significant objects from the Museum’s permanent collection. Gallery FIT, also located on the main floor, is dedicated to student and faculty exhibitions.

Past exhibitions include: London Fashion, which received the first Richard Martin Award for Excellence in Costume Exhibitions from The Costume Society of America, The Corset: Fashioning the Body, and Gothic: Dark Glamour. Other special exhibitions have included Isabel Toledo: Fashion From the Inside Out, in which the inauguration day ensemble Isabel Toledo
Isabel Toledo
Isabel Toledo is a Cuban-American fashion designer based in New York.-Personal life:Isabel Toledo was born in Cuba and moved to New Jersey where she attended high school and met her future husband and collaborator, Ruben Toledo...

 designed for Michelle Obama in 2008 was on display, and a look at sustainable fashion
Sustainable fashion
Sustainable fashion, also called eco fashion, is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability, the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of environmentalism and social responsibility...

 with Eco-Fashion: Going Green, an exhibition from 2010 examining the past two centuries of fashion’s good—and bad—environmental and ethical practices.

More than 100,000 people visit The Museum at FIT each year, attending exhibitions, lectures, and other events. Admission is free to the public.

Fashion historian Valerie Steele
Valerie Steele
Valerie Fahnestock Steele is a fashion historian, curator, and director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York...

was named Director of the Museum in 2003.

External links

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