TDA GETS FIT SALUTE
Byline: Allegra Holch
NEW YORK — A sellout crowd of 450 gathered at the United Nations last week for the Fashion Institute of Technology’s annual scholarship fund-raiser dinner saluting distinguished alumni. It was an evening that put textiles in the spotlight.
For the first time, one of the honorees was not a faculty member or a graduate but an organization, the Textile Distributors Association, which was cited for its continuing contributions to the school.
Accepting the award, Martin Tandler, president of Tandler Textile and president of the TDA, underscored FIT’s importance to the textile industry.
“FIT is especially important to attract young people to the business — it bridges the gap between creativity and the real world,” he said.
“We need to make an FIT education relevant to the industry. FIT and the industry have to reach out to each other more.”
Other honorees were men’s wear designer Andrew Fezza, a 1977 graduate; Judy Ellis, the chairwoman of the toy design department, who received the distinguished professor award, and Paula Hayden, production director at CondA Nast Publications, who graduated in 1970.
The evening’s chairs were David Chu, chief executive officer and president of Nautica International, who was unable to attend because of the flu, and Carole D’Arconte, president of Color Portfolio Inc.