Ingrid Johnson interview, circa 1994-1995

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Ingrid Johnson interview, circa 1994-1995
Contributor Names
Poll, Carol (Interviewer)
Johnson, Ingrid, 1951-
Date Digitized
Chair of the Textile Development and Marketing Department Ingrid Johnson discusses developments in textile studies since her start at FIT in 1981. Johnson notes that course work has evolved from a more science-oriented approach to one that favors reverse-engineering textiles to fit end-use applications. She then illustrates the end-use applications of various fibers. Johnson describes her work as a home furnishing fabric developer before being recruited by Arthur Price to join FIT, and goes on to discuss successful alumni placement at companies such as Liz Claiborne, J. Crew, and Patagonia. Johnson notes the complexity of international sourcing and product development, and then describes the invention of EcoSpun, a recycled polyester textile, patented by alumni of the program. She discusses close connections with the industry and professional organizations such as the Textile Distributors Association. Finally, she describes the demographics of FIT's student body and how the school attracts students with its international reputation.
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Oral histories
Johnson, Ingrid, 1951-
Textile design
Interior decoration
Fashion design
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.)
New York (State)
New York (State)--New York
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FIT 50th Anniversary oral history series, 1994-1996


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Fashion Institute of Technology. (1993, December 31). Ingrid Johnson interview, circa 1994-1995 [Video]. Archive on Demand.
Fashion Institute of Technology. "Ingrid Johnson interview, circa 1994-1995." Archive on Demand, 31 Dec. 1993,
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