New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) are partnering to present the Fashion Future Graduate Showcase, a curated, Made in NY: Fashion physical and digital exhibition of up to 100 top fashion graduates from leading New York colleges and universities, as well as two additional design institutions. Participating schools include Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design and Academy of Art University.
?This is an industry that constantly reinvents itself with new talent, new ideas and new generations of designers. Today?s graduates from FIT, Pratt and Parsons represent the future of fashion. We?re proud to partner with CFDA to invest in this first-ever showcase to market their incredible work and give them this important exposure,? said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen.
NYCEDC and the CFDA recognize the vital need to support fashion graduates? transition from education to career development. Collaboratively, the showcase furthers the City of New York?s commitment to strengthening the fashion industry through Made in NY: Fashion initiatives. The NYCEDC and the CFDA will connect exemplary graduates to professional opportunities across all design specializations including Apparel, Accessories, Jewelry, Textiles/Materials, Technical Design, and relevant emerging career pathways such as sustainable fashion.
The central aim of the showcase is to provide elevated exposure, create instrumental networking opportunities, and to engage and educate these rising talents through curated panels, roundtable conversations, workshops and mentorship opportunities.
?FIT is extremely pleased to participate in this outstanding opportunity created by the NYCEDC and the CFDA,? said President of the Fashion Institute of Technology Dr. Joyce F. Brown. ?Although FIT is best known for its Fashion Design program, the college offers nearly 50 programs, including Accessories Design, Jewelry Design, Textile/Surface Design, and Technical Design, among other areas relevant to this initiative. FIT is committed to sustainability; it is infused throughout our curriculum and is reflected in the work of many of our graduates.?