The weather hitting above 50 degrees this weekend felt like the perfect opportunity to get some sun and fresh air… and a quick break from projects. I decided to head to the Bronx and visit the Bronx Zoo. Did you know that the Bronx Zoo offers free admission for any FIT student? Neither did I, until today! Any New York City college student gets free admission into the zoo. Have a friend who is not a NYC college student? No problem- the zoo has free admission for every guest every Wednesday!
It was refreshing to step right outside of Manhattan and visit a neighboring area. I am rarely ever in the Bronx, so I am glad to have had the chance to check it out. People typically spend a few hours at the zoo; I myself arrived at 2pm and stayed until closing at 5:30pm. I’m glad I took my time-the lions finally woke up from their nap at the end of the day!
From Herald Square, you can take the D Train to Fordham Road Station, and then the Bx12 bus from E Fordham Rd/Grand Concourse to Fordham Rd/Southern Bl which is only a three minute walk to the zoo. The trip is about an hour, but well worth it. The zoo is open seven days a week, 10am-5pm Monday through Friday, and until 5:30 on the weekend. Be sure to check it out!
Alvanon is highly regarded within the fashion industry as a sizing and fit consultant. They create some of the best dress forms in the world. They host a competition open to all fashion design students in the US every year with a chance to win one of their Premium Full Sized AlvaForms. Designs must be created on Alvanon’s half-scale forms, which luckily enough FIT has several of. Enter for a chance to win a free dress form, or to be featured on their social media!
What: A fashion design contest for any student in the US with a chance to win a full sized Alvanon dress form.
How: Visit the application page here and look at past winners here
As I’ve mentioned in my last post, like most FIT students I waited in line to get a chance to volunteer for NYFW. Thankfully I got a spot and it was for Sies Marjan, a designer I’ve never heard of, but I wasn’t going to let it dissuade me from going. This was a completely new volunteer experience for me, nothing like I’ve done previously. It was a rehearsal, so I wasn’t going on the actual show day, but a few day prior. Basically what they had me and 22 other volunteers do was pretend to be the model and walk the catwalk, so that they could time us, and see how long it would take on the actual day and see if all the models would have enough time to walk the finale. I wasn’t expecting that at all, but I really enjoyed pretending to be a model for a few hours. It felt really weird at first, because everyone was watching us and video taping, so I felt a little self-conscious, but after the 4th time walking it was better. We helped from 6pm to 8pm and walked about 6 times, but after each walk we had to run these stairs to get to the 2nd floor, so we could get back to the start, without interfering with the other girls walking. It was a good two hour workout! At the end they were really sweet and gave every volunteer a gift. The gift was a clothing item from the designer (not sure if it was from the actual collection). All in all I had a really great experience with them and never knew how much I would enjoy walking a catwalk.
The fall semester is an exciting time for fashion students, because it means fashion week season! A lot of us want to volunteer but often don’t know how or don’t have the connections to do so, especially if you are a freshman. I was in the same boat when I started at FIT. Fortunately, FIT’s Student Life offers students the opportunity to volunteer through the school. Every fall there is a signup where you are randomly placed (based on your availability) to volunteer for a designer. Some are luckier than others, but it’s still a great experience to have. Below are the dates and time when the signups will take place this semester. I would highly recommend going there as early as possible, because the lines can get very long.
The SVCS Fashion Week signups are on Tuesday, August 29 from 12 to 5pm in the Haft Auditorium and on Thursday, August 31 (time TBA) in the Haft Theater.
From June 5-8th, you can register to attend a four-day series of lectures, discussions, panels, and hands-on workshops focusing on sustainability and technology in fashion and textiles.
This program is designed for industry professionals as well as academics wishing to broaden their understanding of sustainability and how to support its integration into the industry.
Sessions have a broad-based focus on sustainability and the business of fashion from corporate, small and medium-sized enterprises, and educational viewpoints, giving participants from all areas of the fashion and textile industry an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and expand their outlook.