I decided to interview Mari a recent fashion design graduate. I thought her point of views were really interesting and she had some great advice that I thought could help a lot of future/current students at FIT.
Why did you pick fashion design? I took classes and worked at a fashion design studio in Seattle for about 6 years. I always knew I wanted to do something artistic, and I really loved how hands on fashion design was. Which made it really easy when picking out schools.
How did you pick FIT? The teacher at my studio went to FIT. When I visited different schools, the students and teachers at FIT really inspired me and strengthened my decision to pick FIT. Being that FIT was in New York was a huge bonus too.
Did FIT meet your expectations? For the most part it did. In the technical aspect of making clothes, I found it challenging and my skills improved tremendously. Coming from a fine arts background, I hoped that the classes would of been more creative. But for an overall education, FIT gave me great knowledge about the industry and also great connections.
What’s next for you now? I decided that costume design is something I really enjoy and want to pursue in. So now I’m looking for jobs in costume. I’m also keeping my options open, because I love activewear, so maybe something in that direction too is something I’m considering.
Has FIT helped you choose this new direction? Yes, I would of never thought of costume design as an industry. FIT showed me that costume design is a possible career option. It also gave me a good base to get me there in terms of skills, connections and the ability to create a concept from start to finish.
What did you think of the Art Concentration? It was a really intense program, but something I really wanted to do. There was a lot of drawing and coming up with concepts, which I feel are really important skills to have in this industry. I loved that at the end of the program, I came out with a great portfolio, that I am really proud of and feel confident showing at interviews.
Do you have any advice for future/current fashion design students? Take advantage of the teachers and the advice and knowledge they have. They know what they’re talking about and have great connections in the industry. Don’t take yourself too seriously, enjoy the freedom to be creative. And most importantly be confident in your ideas!
If you want to check out Mari’s work maristudio.us
Summer is quickly approaching us, with finals and projects winding down, we are all excited for something. This summer I will be switching from being an intern to a full time position! As to most that doesn’t sound exciting but I truly love my job and its a great opportunity for me. I will also be doing a lot of traveling. I have a cruise in august for a late birthday present, Canada in July, Philly June 7th for my birthday and as nerdy as this sounds a Tom petty concert, as well as Boston and a few other short weekend trips for weddings. THEN, Next semester I graduate! and I will be back at school two days a week. I am beyond excited that I am finally finishing , and happy that you all got to live through it with me. College is a great time for finding yourself, your career, and sometimes not sometimes its just a great time. But whatever it may be for you I couldn’t be more grateful to say I have been a student and a voice at FIT.
With 30 majors here at FIT and thousands of students, it can be very easy to get comfortable with your crowd within your major. If you are in a smaller major like Toy Design or Cosmetic and Fragrance Marketing, you are most likely spending endless hours in class with the same exact people. It is important to step outside of your major and not only meet people within the school, but also take advantage of the opportunity to collaborate. FIT is truly seamless (no pun intended). If you are a designer, you can collaborate with a photography major to have your pieces photographed…most likely FOR FREE. If you are a photography major, you can reach out and have clothes, jewelry, and product to photograph….FOR FREE! It’s a win-win situation all around! Photographers should be collaborating with graphic designers who should be collaborating with AMC majors. Every student can create a professional quality final product or project outside of the assignments that they are given by the professors. Once we all graduate, there may be creative restrictions, a lack of budget, or a team premade for the company that you work for. As a student, now is the time to take advantage of the resources that you have at your fingertips!
I just wanted to come here and let you guys know that currently all graduating AAS fashion design students are having an exhibition of their semester work inspired by “Fire & Ice”. I went there yesterday to see my roommates work and was blown away by some of the things I saw. I definitely recommend you checking it out if you have a few minutes to spare. I find it so interesting to see what students come up with and how they bring it to life.
The exhibition is open from April 27 to May 1, 2016 from 9 am-9 pm. It’s located in the John E. Reeves Great Hall.
Let me know in the comments below if you went and what you thought of it!
Looking back on this semester, it truly flew by, but now the time is finally here…FINALS WEEK! While some people absolutely dread it, I kind of enjoy it, but only because I plan ahead (and find joy in planning ahead). As an art and design major, a lot of our finals are final projects, which means the earlier you get your final project done, the sooner you can check that class off your to-do list! Isn’t that a beautiful thing? Here are my top strategies to getting ahead on your final projects and papers:
Write out a list of all the remaining assignments and projects that you have left for each of your classes
Take that list and set dates that you would like each assignment to be completed by
Make a schedule of when you’re going to work on each assignment
Put your phone on the other side of the room, but with the volume on. If someone needs to reach you, you’ll know…otherwise you’ll be too tempted to check it every 5 minutes.
Be in touch with your professor to confirm that the guidelines for the assignments haven’t changed. There’s nothing worse than completing an assignment and putting in your all, only to have the professor change the guidelines completely.
Plan incentives/rewards for yourself once you finish each project. Whether it’s a snack or a nap (my two choices), it helps to motivate you.
Rejoice in the fact that you have finished a semester!