dean

Mary Davis, Former Graduate School Dean, Files $10M Claim Against Joyce Brown and FIT

The Fashion Institute of Technology had no comment in response to a complaint filed by Mary Davis, its former graduate school dean, against the college and Joyce F. Brown, its president.

Davis, who was dismissed from her position last November, filed a complaint in the Supreme Court of the State of New York County on Feb. 19 over what she claims are false statements over her leadership failures arising out of a fashion show that FIT sponsored on Feb. 7, 2020, that featured work by alumni of FIT’s master of fine arts in fashion design program. The show resulted in criticism about racial insensitivity with respect to accessories used by one of the designers, Junkai Huang.

Davis is seeking an amount to be determined at trial, but no less that $10 million.

According to an FIT spokesman, “FIT does not comment upon matters in litigation except to say that

Read More

Ex-FIT dean says school made her scapegoat in ‘racist’ scandal

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

Read More