Jack Rittenberg interview, circa 1994-1995

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Jack Rittenberg interview, circa 1994-1995
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Poll, Carol (Interviewer)
Rittenberg, Jack
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Dean Emeritus at the Department of Business and Technology at the time of this interview, Jack Rittenberg discusses his many roles while at FIT between the years of 1963 and 1992. He talks of the development of degrees within the baccalaureate program such as those in advertising and menswear, the latter being a degree that Rittenberg co-developed with Ted Roberts. He talks extensively about the school's early existence in the C Building and the growth of the physical campus as FIT became more than a commuter school. Rittenberg remembers the building of the library and how space for the clothing collection allowed them to split from a storage arrangement with the Brooklyn Museum. Formerly a buyer for Bond Stores, Rittenberg has enjoyed showing FIT's collections off to friends and visitors. Though Rittenberg was retired at the time of the interview, he was still teaching a spring merchandising course as well as industry seminars. He talks about strong relationships with alumni of the school and how retirement has allowed him to keep in touch with many of them through travel. Rittenberg talks about the faculty tendency to continue to work in the Industry so as to remain current. He also discusses the uniquely driven nature of the FIT student body. Rittenberg then goes into detail about the liberal arts program and gives a deep history of the founding and development of FIT from its roots as the Central High School of Needle Trades. He briefly discusses international students and changing demographics of the school and then launches into a discussion of the evolution of attitudes within the industry in regards to race and sex. The interview ends with a brief discussion of the decline of the fur industry.
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Oral histories
Rittenberg, Jack
Green, Annette
Goodman, Shirley, 1915-1991
Winders, Arthur
Feldman, Marvin
Roberts, Ted
Bishop, Hazel
Marcus, Gladys
Volpe, Joan
Liz Claiborne Inc.
Coach, Inc.
Jarnow, Jeannette A.
Madison, Lucile
Godnick, Newton E.
Levenson, Clara
Brooklyn Museum
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Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.). Business and Technology Department
New York (State)
New York (State)--New York
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Fashion Institute of Technology. (1993, December 31). Jack Rittenberg interview, circa 1994-1995 [Video]. Archive on Demand. https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/136323
Fashion Institute of Technology. "Jack Rittenberg interview, circa 1994-1995." Archive on Demand, 31 Dec. 1993, https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/136323
Fashion Institute of Technology, "Jack Rittenberg interview, circa 1994-1995," Archive on Demand, December 31, 1993, video, https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/136323