The FIT Institutional Repository is an open access digital archive designed to collect, preserve, and provide access to the intellectual and creative output of the FIT community. With this new platform, members of our community can reach a larger audience, make meaningful contributions to the scholarship of their field, and ensure long-term preservation and access to their works. 

The FIT Institutional Repository is a proud initiative of the Gladys Marcus Library.

What Content is Included?

The initial launch is focused primarily on student work from the School of Graduate Studies—a full collection of graduate theses, with additional qualifying graduate work, such as runway collections from the Fashion Design MFA program and capstone presentations from the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management program. We also have materials from FIT undergrads, including text, image and video-based resources. We will continue to collect new content from students, faculty and the FIT community as the Institutional Repository develops.

Rights and Permissions

Copyright for all works appearing in this repository is held by its author/creator(s). Unless indicated otherwise with a Creative Commons license, usage of any material beyond what is permitted by copyright law must first be cleared with the rights-holder(s). All work has been made available online by the Fashion Institute of Technology Gladys Marcus Library strictly for research and educational purposes. If you are the copyright holder for a work held in this repository and have any objections to it being made available online, please notify us immediately at [email protected].

Want to Include your Work?

If you are a member of the FIT community (students, faculty and staff), we would like to include your projects in this publicly accessible collection! Your scholarly and creative work–graduate theses, capstone projects, student fashion shows and designs, illustrations, animation and sketches, faculty research and preprints, etc.–are important contributions to the study and scholarship of your respective field. The scholarly community will benefit from having greater access to your work, and you will benefit when your work has greater exposure.

When you submit your work to the FIT Institutional Repository, you will grant FIT a non-exclusive license to make your work available open access through the FIT Institutional Repository, meaning others can view, search and link to your work without any barriers. You will still retain full copyright to your work and the ability to publish it elsewhere. Users of the FIT Institutional Repository are not permitted to share/reuse your work without your express permission, except in cases permitted by copyright (i.e. fair use). You can also opt to apply a Creative Commons license to your work, allowing others more permissions to share, reuse and repurpose your work.

If you are interested in submitting or have any questions about the submission process, please contact us at [email protected]. If you would like to submit, but, due to research scope, pre-existing publication agreement, or other consideration, you are currently prevented from providing open access to your work, be sure to let us know so an embargo period or another arrangement can be made.

What is Open Access and Why is it Important?

Open Access refers to the availability of scholarly works under a license which permits users to read, search, or link to these resources for any lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers. This means that the works are freely available online for all. Additionally, Open Access licenses can also in some cases remove limitations on reusing and repurposing works. Offering Open Access to scholarship has been a SUNY-wide priority in alignment with SUNY’s mission as a state institution. FIT, as a publicly funded institution, and part of the network of SUNY colleges, is committed to the democratization of knowledge through Open Access and to ensuring the greatest possible public access to the scholarship and creative works of members of our community. Depositing your work in this IR under an Open Access license will help FIT to achieve these goals and will ensure that your work is available to the widest possible audience. Please note: this IR features works subject to a Creative Commons license and works where all rights are reserved to the creator. While all works featured in this IR can be read, searched, or linked to without limitation, unless indicated otherwise with a Creative Commons license, any additional usage must first be cleared with the rights-holder. Please review the Rights statement for each work.