Dean Marion Brandriss interview, 1984 December 19

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Dean Marion Brandriss interview, 1984 December 19
Contributor Names
Brandriss, Marion K.
Finger, Mildred (Interviewer)
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This is an interview with Dean Marion Brandriss, who retired from FIT in 1973. Brandriss explains her work as an English teacher and how she came to work at the City High School of Needle Trades where she met Mortimer Ritter. Brandriss explains how Ritter hand-picked his favorite instructors to help him build what would become FIT. She discusses touring high schools in the spring of 1944 to recruit students for the inaugural class, and offering incentives such as a weekly scholarship to all prospective students. Brandiss started at FIT as the Director of Admissions, but elucidates the vast scope of work she and the small team were expected to take on. Brandriss describes the student body demographics, transitioning settings, and evolving admissions policies of the Institute as it continued to grow. Brandriss then explains how departments were added and goes into depth on the particular success of FIT's Fashion Buying and Merchandising Department. Brandriss ends the interview with a recollection of Mortimer Ritter's insistence on the Institute's name, saying that he wanted it to resemble that of M.I.T. in sound and flavor.
Oral histories
Brandriss, Marion K.
Dean of Students
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.)
New York (State)
New York (State)--New York
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FIT Repository ID: aod_000176
SPARC reference code: US.NNFIT.SC.FITA.


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Fashion Institute of Technology. (1984, December 18). Dean Marion Brandriss interview, 1984 December 19 [Video]. Archive on Demand.
Fashion Institute of Technology. "Dean Marion Brandriss interview, 1984 December 19." Archive on Demand, 18 Dec. 1984,
Fashion Institute of Technology, "Dean Marion Brandriss interview, 1984 December 19," Archive on Demand, December 18, 1984, video,