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Newt Godnick interview, 1994 November 1

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Newton Godnick, 18 year Chair of the Fashion Buying and Merchandising Department (FBM) at the time of this interview, discusses his introduction to the school and its close-knit nature. He describes the 1965 groundbreaking for new buildings and various delays in their construction. He goes on to comment on how the student body and departments have evolved over the years in positive and negative ways. He mentions FIT’s former dress code and then goes into the history of the buying and merchandising department. He describes the development of the four year program and effects of the 1970s recession. Godnick then details close relationships with the industry, distinguished alumni, and how the Fashion Buying and Merchandising Department (FBM) Industry Advisory Board has affected his department’s curriculum. He discusses the social unrest of the 1960s and 1970s and how FIT changed over those years. Finally, he discusses the formation of the UCE Union and its positive effect on FIT’s standard of education

Topics: Godnick, Newton, Kamali, Norma, Klein, Calvin, Jarnow, Jeannette, Brandriss, Marion K., Winters, Arthur, Fashion education, Dress codes, Labor unions, Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.). Fashion Buying and Merchandising Dept.
Publisher: FIT Special Collections and College Archives
OAI identifier: oai:archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu:1143
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