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Judith Parkas interview, 1994 November 10

Judith Parkas, the Executive Vice President of FIT’s union, discusses her many roles at FIT. In addition to her union work, Parkas was a professor of Biology and Physical Anthropology as well as the project director of the Tech Prep Grant. Over the years, she helped develop and evolve FIT’s curriculum. She discusses the inception of the union and their early contentions with the Board of Trustees. There were also initial difficulties in unifying adjunct and full-time faculty, but Parkas emphasizes how the inclusivity of the union has been hugely beneficial in affecting change at the institution. She discusses how contracts have evolved to be more effective over time, especially thanks to Lou Stoller. She mentions affiliate unions such as the New York State United Teachers union and how FIT’s supportive working conditions have led to low turnover. Parkas talks about the school’s founding around the time of the G.I. Bill, and Shirley Goodman’s lasting legacy at FIT. While FIT’s deep connection with the city and the fashion industry has remained, the student body has become increasingly diverse and international over time. Parkas briefly discusses the differences between the Board of Trustees and the Educational Foundation. Parkas then discusses the development of a 4-year program at FIT, and goes on to describe the Tech Prep Grant that FIT procured from Cauley-Perkins. This program has allowed FIT to implement preparatory curriculum for mid-range high schoolers as well as secure summer employment. Parkas mentions distinguished alumni, and a couple fond memories of her own at FIT. She finishes the interview with a run down of her political involvement around the city.

Parkas, Judith

Newt Godnick interview, 1994 November 1

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.

Godnick, Newton

December 11-12, 1993

This folder contains correspondence, a column on American fashion and black and white photos of ensembles by Linda Allard for Ellen Tracy, Donna Karan, Emanuel Ungaro, Badgley Mischka and black and white photocopies of photos of ensembles by Anna Sui, Fernando Sanchez, Givenchy, Isaac Mizrahi, Carolina Herrera, Bill Blass, Caroline Roehm, Donna Karan, Go>Silk, Oscar de la Renta, Philippe Venet, Joseph Abboud, Norma Kamali, Yves Saint Laurent, Anouska Hempel one color photo of a suit by Emanuel Ungaro and 8x10" black and white negatives.

1992 January

This folder contains a column on American fashion and contains black and white photos of ensembles by Norma Kamali and Yves Saint Laurent.

CFDA Award 1982/1983

This folder contains press releases, 16 8x10 black and white photographs of CFDA award winners, and biographies of Norma Kamali, Perry Ellis, Bill Cunningham, and Antonio Lopez.

CFDA Award Winners Bios and Photos 1983

This folder contains 26 8x10 black and white photographs pertaining to Perry Ellis, a biography of Perry Ellis, press clippings, press release, 2 photos for Norma Kamali, a photo of Antonio Lopez, 2 photos of pieces by Bill Cunningham, and 2 photos of Karl Lagerfeld and his work at Fendi.

October, November, December 1985

This folder contains articles written for a syndicated column in October, November and December of 1985. Included are 47 8x10 black and white photographs covering various subjects including, Carolina Herrera, Norma Kamali, Hair trends, Pauline Trigere, and Fur trends.

1991 December

This folder contains a column on tradition versus the avant garde and black and white photos of ensembles by Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Bill Blass, Norma Kamali and Christian Lacroix, and Carolina Herrera.