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Old 02-19-2020, 07:37 AM
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Default FIT apologizes for ‘clearly racist’ alumni fashion show

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FIT apologizes for ‘clearly racist’ alumni fashion show
By Vincent Barone
February 18, 2020 | 5:06pm


A model walks the runway during FIT's alumni show
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The Fashion Institute of Technology apologized Tuesday for its “racist” alumni fashion show that had models strutting the runway in giant prosthetic ears and lips and bushy eyebrows.

FIT president Dr. Joyce F. Brown defended the intent of the concept, saying it was not supposed to be about race, but that the school “failed … to recognize a creative statement that could have negative consequences.”

“Currently it does not appear that the original intent of the design, the use of accessories or the creative direction of the show was to make a statement about race; however, it is now glaringly obvious that has been the outcome,” said Brown in a lengthy statement.

“For that, we apologize — to those who participated in the show, to students, and to anybody who has been offended by what they saw.”

Amy Lefevre, an African American model participating in the show held earlier this month, told The Post last week that she felt deeply uncomfortable and refused to wear the “clearly racist” accessories like “monkey ears” and oversized lips.

“I stood there almost ready to break down, telling the staff that I felt incredibly uncomfortable with having to wear these pieces and that they were clearly racist,” Lefevre, 25, said at the time.

“I was told that it was fine to feel uncomfortable for only 45 seconds.”

The show was staged during New York’s Fashion Week at Manhattan’s Pier59 Studios and was billed to showcase the work of the 10 alumni from FIT’s inaugural Master of Fine Arts class in fashion design.

Observers told The Post that the designs were created by a recent FIT graduate from China who did not appear to understand the racial overtones of his work. The original concept called for highlighting “ugly features of the body,” according to a witness.

The show was directed by Jonathan Kyle Farmer, a FIT professor and chair of the new MFA Fashion Design, and produced by Richard Thornn, creative director of British fashion production company NAMES LDN.

Brown in his statement didn’t mention Farmer or Thornn by name, but said the institution should have stopped the accessories from hitting the runway.

She spoke vaguely of “several steps” that will be taken to prevent offensive output from students and alumni, including discussions with the school’s Diversity Council, Faculty Senate, the United college Employees and the Student Government Association.

“Consequently, we must, as educators, be certain we are providing students the cultural and historical perspectives they need as they realize their artistic vision,” Brown went on. “Simultaneously, we must provide guidance so that they recognize and respect potential risks and unintended consequences of their creativity.”
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Default Re: FIT apologizes for ‘clearly racist’ alumni fashion show

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FIT places dean on leave, hires outside law firm to investigate ‘racist’ fashion show
By Jon Levine
February 22, 2020 | 9:28am | Updated


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The Fashion Institute of Technology has placed two top academic officials on leave after hosting a “racist” fashion show which featured models parading down the runway in oversized red lips and “monkey ears.”

FIT president Dr. Joyce F. Brown said Mary Davis, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, and Jonathan Kyle Farmer, Chair of the MFA Fashion Design Department, had both been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the program, in an email to students Friday evening.

News of the show was first reported in the New York Post.

“We cannot expect our community to trust us without a full examination of how this came about,” Brown wrote. “Those in charge of and responsible for overseeing the show failed to recognize or anticipate the racist references and cultural insensitivities that were obvious to almost everybody else.”

The message came after an earlier lengthy statement from Brown apologizing for the event on Tuesday.

In her latest email, Brown also said the school had retained the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King to conduct an external investigation into what happened and urged the fashion community to take out their anger on FIT — a taxpayer-funded, SUNY-run school — rather than designer Junkai Hunag.


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“It also appears — based upon information available — that the styling and accessorizing used in the show were provided to him rather than chosen at his discretion,” she wrote. “Junkai has said, and his thesis notes and sketches support, that the collection he designed and produced was not aimed at invoking or provoking racial implications.”

She did not specify who may have supplied the racist couture.

In her note, Brown also revealed plans for a series of meetings next week including Monday sitdowns with the college’s Diversity Council, and executive committee of the Faculty Senate. “More such meetings with students, faculty and staff will follow,” she said.

Brown additionally said she sent a letter of apology to every model who participated in the fashion show expressing her regrets, including to Amy LeFevre — who refused to wear the pieces.

LeFevre, 25, said she was pressured by show organizers to wear the accessories, though ultimately walked the runway without them.

“I was told that it was fine to feel uncomfortable for only 45 seconds,” she told The Post, recalling the moment. “I was literally shaking. I could not control my emotions. My whole body was shaking. I have never felt like that in my life.”
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Default Ex-FIT dean says school made her scapegoat in ‘racist’ runway scandal: suit

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Ex-FIT dean says school made her scapegoat in ‘racist’ runway scandal: suit
By Priscilla DeGregory
February 22, 2021 | 3:47pm | Updated

An ex-dean of the Fashion Institute of Technology claims that she was made to be a scapegoat in a school scandal after a black model came forward with accusations that a school runway show was racist, new court papers show.

Ousted dean Dr. Mary Davis filed a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit Friday alleging that FIT President Joyce Brown threw her under the bus and defamed her days after The Post revealed that black model Amy Lefevre was allegedly pressured to wear oversized “monkey ears”, red lips and bushy eyebrows that were “clearly racist” — though Lefevre ultimately walked the runway without them.

On Feb. 21, 2020, Brown announced she was placing Davis and MFA Fashion Design Department chair Jonathan Farmer on leave while they investigated the incident.

Brown said in the same statement that “those in charge of and responsible for overseeing the show failed to recognize or anticipate the racist references and cultural insensitivity that were obvious to almost everybody else,” adding it was “inexcusable and irresponsible,” the court papers highlight.

Davis’ suit alleges that “Brown’s falsehoods clearly asserted and/or implied that Dr. Davis was a racist and lacked fitness for her profession.”

The statements were “especially believable and damaging” since Brown is black — and “someone with authority in the areas of racism,” the court filing claims.

But Davis claims she “had no advance knowledge of the accessories that were used” during the Feb. 7, 2020 show featuring FIT alumni designer Junkai Hunag, the court documents say.

Davis says she also didn’t know that Lefevre had raised any objections right before the show had begun, the suit says.

Davis and Brown — sitting feet apart from each other at the Pier59 Studios show during fashion week — both first saw the accessories as other models hit the runway sporting them and Brown “applauded them enthusiastically,” the court filing claims.

Afterwards, Brown and the school continued to praise the show and even made a promotional video about it — including the allegedly offensive accessories — lauding the school’s “values of ‘diversity and inclusion,'” the suit claims.

The school did an about-face on its stance of the show only after The Post’s exposé, the court papers claim.

“In response, to the stinging criticism, Dr. Brown invented a story that shifted attention from her own culpability onto Dr. Davis,” the suit charges.

Further, employees in the communications department had previewed the show and “said and did nothing to prevent [the accessories’] inclusion and display in the show,” the suit alleges.

Professor Farmer, who directed the show, and Richard Thornn, the creative director of British fashion production company NAMES LDN, who produced the show, had already publicly taken responsibility and apologized for their involvement in the debacle, the court papers say.

Still, the school fired Davis in November, delivering her a “death blow to her academic and professional career,” the court filing alleges.

“It is highly unlikely that Dr. Davis, who is 61 years old and now widely and publicly labeled as a racist, will ever secure another job in her profession,” the court documents allege.

Davis is suing for unspecified damages.

Davis’ lawyer, Marjorie Berman, told The Post, “My client believes she was definitely the scapegoat for the incident at FIT.”

“This defamation was unfounded, opportunistic and unjust,” Berman said. “This lawsuit will bring the full details of the allegations of FIT’s mismanagement and misconduct to light.”

A university spokesperson said: “FIT does not comment upon matters in litigation except to say that we look forward to presenting our case to the court and seeking the suit’s dismissal at the earliest possible juncture.”
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