FIT Students Hira Ali and Tyisha Kellman designed the 75th Anniversary visual design system under the direction of professors CJ Yeh and Christie Shin.

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  • Isabel Cabrera Croasdaile, Fashion Merchandising Management...
    on June 29, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    FIT Salsa Club Members at the Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC in 2012. From left: Alexa Wright, Fashion Design ’13; Croasdaile, and Jane Jang, Advertising and Marketing Communications ’13. Not shown: Amiko Simonetti, Fashion Design ’13. Isabel Cabrera Croasdaile, Fashion Merchandising Management ’13One of the greatest memories I have from FIT is the freedom through its clubs to showcase art in the form of dance. I became president of the Salsa Club in 2013.The above photo was taken on the seventh floor lounge with some of my fellow Presidential Scholars. We had won first place in a diversity project we presented, about bridging the gap between food and culture in New York City. 

  • Vanessa A. Coyle, Fashion Buying and Merchandising ’94My...
    on June 29, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    With Nakita Johnson, Advertising and Communications ’95, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design ’94, in front of Co-ed Hall, 1993. With Jessica Droppa outside of Co-ed Hall, 1992. With Amber Gardner in Co-ed Hall, 1993. Coyle with Nakita Johnson, Advertising and Communications ’95, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design ’94, getting ready to go out dancing at “the Halls of Webster," 1993. Vanessa A. Coyle, Fashion Buying and Merchandising ’94My memories: Getting ready to work the “Halls of Webster” [her name for Webster Hall], running to Kinko’s to complete my projects, and my friends Nakita, Amber, Jessica, Jordy, and Sergio.

  • Kathryn Ketcham Acierno, Illustration ’86I was a member of the...
    on June 29, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    FIT's tennis team, 1981-82. FIT's tennis team, 1983-84. Kathryn Ketcham Acierno, Illustration ’86I was a member of the FIT Women’s tennis team for five years. I was a player for the first two years and a manager for the last three years. I loved all the players, our adventures, and especially our beloved coach Stephanie Bird. We usually came in first in the city division and second in the regional division. One year we won regionals and went to nationals to compete in Midland, Texas. We also had a lot of fun. Every year we scrimmaged against SUNY New Paltz and climbed Mount Mohonk.

  • “The campus was under major construction, and many of my classes were in trailers.”
    on June 22, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Deyanne Haarhaus Hinman, Fashion Buying and Merchandising ’71

  • Dani Des Roches, Fashion Design ’10I moved to New York City from...
    on June 22, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    "Showing my mom the knit lab at FIT." Sewon "Kim, Myself, Joy Glass, Danielle Blum (carried), Liz Klein posing in our dorm." My (half) term garment was inspired by Rainbow Brite (we had to use muslin so I used RIT dye to color it). Dani Des Roches, Fashion Design ’10I moved to New York City from Vancouver to attend FIT in the Summer of 2006. FIT brought me to the most incredible city and introduced me to my forever friends … half of them I actually met during orientation week! I found my passion in knitwear at FIT, a focus I have continued to pursue through the course of my career. I always credit the amazing knitting lab and professors for giving me the fundamentals and confidence that have been the base of my expertise!

  • Claudia Jarvis Gervais, Fashion Design ’77We came to New York...
    on June 22, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Haidee Johnstone, Fashion Design ’76; Gervais; Rochelle Clementson, Fashion Buying and Merchandising ’76; and Cherie Ingraham, Fashion Design ’76—together for Clementson’s wedding in 1986. Johnstone, Clementson, Gervais, and Ingraham in their 33rd Street apartment on a break from their studies. The foursome today. Claudia Jarvis Gervais, Fashion Design ’77We came to New York from four tiny towns across the U.S., meeting on the Staten Island Ferry for our FIT orientation! Thus forming a lifelong, life-affirming friendship.The unique location of FIT, the faculty standard of working within the industry, and job placement availability were instrumental in opening doors for our careers in fashion design and merchandising.Cherie still has her and her husband’s very successful design company in Manhattan. Haidee was senior vice president and director of a bra design company and now works on her own creative design enterprise. Rochelle, a buyer for many years became an art teacher, and I too taught fashion classes at two Central New York colleges including Syracuse University, after having my own small couture business.The four of us continue to spend time together every few months, sometimes visiting The Museum at FIT and old haunts in New York. I’m always thankful for FIT!

75th Anniversary Merchandise

A selection of items are available for sale at FIT’s Barnes & Noble and at the Style Shop on FIT’s campus.

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