We’ve heard of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but Menswear Dog, an Instagram sensation with more than 200,000 followers, is a whole other animal (in a way cooler wardrobe). In 2013, Yena Kim, a graduate of FIT’s Fashion Design program, and her husband, David Fung, landed a record number of Facebook likes for a shot of Bodhi, their shiba inu, wearing one of Fung’s cardigans. They launched a Tumblr account with more photos, and queries from magazine editors and TV producers flooded in. “He’s always had a confident air about him, but it wasn’t until we stuck a camera in his face that he really lit up,” they say. Their book, Menswear Dog Presents the New Classics: Fresh Looks for the Modern Man (Artisan Books, 2015), pairs adorable photographs of Bodhi with sensible tips for the well-dressed gent. The dapper dog has been featured in The New York Times, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, and GQ.
Kim and Fung’s success shows that fashion and media careers can be born in ways that are not exactly traditional. FIT’s Center for Continuing and Professional Studies offers a wide range of practical programs in design (including pet product design and marketing), business, communications, and technology that can help you enhance your career or start a new one.
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