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18 Reasons to Love NYC in the Winter

If there is one thing New Yorkers love to do, it’s complain. We complain about a lot of things – rent, traffic, construction – but the biggest offender by far? Weather. Especially cold weather. Every winter there is incessant whining about slushy sidewalks, freezing rain and wind tunnels created by the grid streets. But with all this Grinch-yness it can be easy to lose sight of why it is some awesome to live in this city all year round! So, even if you’re reading this holed up in your room with hot chocolate and an impending Netflix queue because it is too dang cold to leave the building, let me try to remind you of some awesome things you are experiencing!

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Do you have any winter activities you look forward to doing each year?

–Emily–

How to engineer a light fixture

Hello everyone !

So in fourth semester interior design studio we are asked to make a light fixture , that’s right a real working light fixture . You have to wire it , make an actual blue print of it , and sketch other ways it can be turned into a different light fixtures . This light will then be placed in your restaurant that you will be designing . You will pick a movie and then base your lighting fixture off that movie .

My movie was Julie and Julia , most of you may know it . It’s a classic ,one of my favorites . I was so excited when I recieved it I worked harder on it then any other project I have had in the program. After many sketches and ideas that got passed on , I finally got it !

Overall I spent around 200.00 dollars , there was no limit on what could be used or how much you could spend or not spend . But for mine I went all out .

IMG_0307First I went to home depot, I knew I wanted a perforated metal but I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to find one. This was actually one long strip of metal that my dad bent for me into this oval and drilled holes in.

Next  we used metal tubing to hide wires and also keep the oval steady so it would be able to hold its own weight ( this fixture weighs almost 80 pounds) .

IMG_0312Next in the holes that were created we drilled into spoons I found at a thrift store. True silver spoons, I didn’t realize how hard this would be until I actually did it. There are over 100 spoons of all variations and ages. Serving spoons, dessert spoons, soup spoons, you name it it has it.

IMG_0317I wish I could post the video but I am not great at editing things yet and its to long. But the inner LED is a flexible band with changing colors. I put this on the inside edge of the metal and ran the wire through the top to look like it was apart of the hanging feature.

Remember I said this fixture weighs a lot? Well I carried this from Penn station to the 5th floor of the D building all by myself. I think the excitement of showing the critiques and my classmates gave me a little boost of adrenalin to carry it that far. ( In heels may I add)

In the end I got an A on my project, it was truly a project I put my heart and soul into and also something I couldn’t be more proud of in my career in the interior design program.

is there anything you are excited to do at FIT? Are you excited about the light fixture ?

Let’s talk about it

Final project

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Hey everyone! Finals are finally over , along with final projects! This semester was my last semester as an interior design student. That’s right, I am switching majors! I couldn’t be more excited to join the international trade and marketing major. But before all the new fun begins I had to finish my final fourth semester interior design project.

Fourth semester one of your projects will be designing a light fixture which you will then have to use in a restaurant you design. The light fixture for my project was based off Julie and Julia the movie. ( which you can see along with directions on how to make it in my next blog post ”  How to engineer a light fixture” .

So for restaurant I was assigned Texas BBQ which includes sloppy ribs , cowboy boots and all things big and Texas haha. So I decided to put a little spin on it and design a higher end bbq restaurant.

IMG_0148 (1)This was a screen shot from when I was working on it. My best advice to all incoming interior design students learn Photoshop, lumion, sketchup, all rendering programs as soon as you can . it will make your life so much easier! For this project I used sketchup. I feel that it is very easy to learn, I taught myself with the book ” google sketchup the missing manual” and  by just playing around endlessly. FIT does teach you programs as autocad and revit but not until your bachelors will you learn how to render in these programs and you need to know how by atleast third semester. Also photoshop is offered but not required to take.  The more programs you learn and add to your skill set can only help you not only at FIT but in the real world. Most interior designers aren’t using Revit completely yet and that’s a great skill to have to bring to a company.

Overall my restaurant came out pretty good for my second attempt at using sketchup. I used a lot of dark woods and creative ceiling solutions with all sustainable elements. NEVER FORGET THE CEILING OR THE LIGHTING ! most students do and that’s critical to show you truly understand the floor plan and overall design of the space.

The interior design program was challenging but worth every second of hard work. It has taught me things I know people in other design programs have no idea about. Maybe after my bachelors in marketing I will go back to interior design , only time will tell.

Goodbye FIT interior designers, I will miss you all so much you became my family, along with my  amazing professors ! But its time to start the new chapter of my life!

Xoxo

Kailee

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Influencers at FIT – Valerie Steele

Here at FIT we have a vast resource at our fingertips: the Museum at FIT (located below the Gladys Marcus library). In addition to the numerous exhibitions held every year, students also have access to the study collection where garments, accessories and textiles can be seen up close.  Valerie Steele is the curator of the Museum, a prolific fashion academic, and the editor of the journal Fashion Theory. I sat down with Ms. Steele to discuss her impressive history as well as the museum’s past and future:

Credit: Aaron Cobbett

Credit: Aaron Cobbett

This interview has been edited and condensed for publication


Since this interview is for the Admissions Blog, I wanted to ask you a little about your own education. What did you find most helpful about your university education?

Hmm…well, I’ve never been asked that before. I guess that the most important thing I learned, both as an undergraduate at Dartmouth and a graduate student at Yale, was how to do research–learning how to use primary research. I know when I used to teach in the graduate school here at FIT, that was something I pounded into the students, the difference between primary and secondary research. That was something I thought was especially important.

You said that while getting your PhD the study of fashion was really vilified. Being here in New York, which is one of the “big four” fashion capitals, and also being here at FIT one of the best design schools, it may seem like this has passed, but do you think there has actually been change outside of this bubble?

Well, I think fashion is much more accepted as a field of serious study. There are many more people around the world working on articles, books and exhibitions about fashion. On the other hand, there are still very few places that offer a doctorate in fashion studies. It is still very much an interdisciplinary field. So, if you want to go ahead and study fashion you still have to think, “Will I be in an art history department or history or cultural studies? Where can I find someplace to study that?”

And you never studied museum-ology or museum theory, so was it difficult to transition from academic writing to more creatively focused exhibitions?

It’s interesting you should ask that. My doctorate is in Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History, but I did every single class, except one, and my dissertation in the history of fashion. When I started teaching in the graduate school at FIT, it was in what was then the Museum Studies Costume and Textiles Department, now it is called Fashion and Textiles Studies: History, Theory and Museum Practice. So I was teaching fashion history, but within the framework of a museum studies program. Obviously it was exciting and new to actually be putting on exhibitions here. That was a big thrill. It is not that different from the kind of research you do for putting together a big article or a book. In fact, all my big exhibitions here are accompanied by a book as well, so it is the same kind of research procedure.

In that same vein, who do you see as the audience of the Museum at FIT, and how do you pique their interests?

Well, our audiences are multiple. Obviously the FIT community is one of our core audiences, and then people in fashion and design-related fields are another. A third is just the museum-going public, and that is very much an international public. So, we try to do shows that represent original research, but that are also accessible to people at all levels of sophistication. A lot of the FIT community or designers who come to shows really know a lot about fashion history and design so you have to give them more, extra in-depth things. But you also want to be accessible to people who walk in off the street. They might be anyone from a six-year-old to a grandma who might not know very much about fashion, but you have to intrigue them as well. That is the idea to try and present it in a way which is visually stimulating and exciting so that whether they know anything about the topic or if they bother to read anything, they can still get something out of the show.

I actually have noticed a lot of children when I am in the museum, and I am amazed they are not only interested, but they comment on stuff!

Oh they will! Absolutely! A colleague of mine brought her two-year-old son to the corset show, and she said he just sat down on the floor and gazed up at this Vivenne Westwood corset-dress. She thought it was wonderful, she said, “oh there he is fantasizing about the eternal feminine.”

What do you think the hardest part about developing a show is? Is it picking the topic or is it finding people to work with or…?

Oh, I don’t know if there is a “hardest” part. I think one of the challenges is actually getting your hands on the things you want to put in the show. You’ll do all kinds of research, and you’ll think, “Okay I want this dress, I want this dress…” but then you have to find out who owns that? And will they lend it to me? And how much will it cost to borrow it, how can I raise the money to borrow it? Et cetera, et cetera.

Well, that leads me into my next question. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute collection is the only one, at least in New York, that can even compare to the one at the Museum at FIT. So what is your relationship with them, do you borrow and lend a lot for shows?

We do borrow and lend with them. I wouldn’t say a lot, but every few shows they will borrow something from us or we will borrow from them. Two pieces in the dance exhibition are from the Met, and we’re lending I think four pieces to their China exhibition which will open in the Spring.

So it is only a few pieces then. I guess you both have such huge collections neither of you need to borrow anything.

Well, it is interesting, we will borrow back and forth for a few key pieces, and both of us have a pretty good idea of what is in the other collection. We also borrow and lend from the Museum of the City of New York, which also has a fantastic collection. Most of the older things, for example, if there is a 19th century thing, we will try and borrow from them. We also loaned to their Stephen Burrows show a year ago.

Oh yes, I saw that show and I have to admit I was a little surprised. I didn’t think the Museum of the City of New York had that much fashion, but I guess they do.

Oh, they do! They have a really wonderful fashion collection.

Is there one specific exhibit that sticks out in your mind as being particularly exciting or difficult or just interesting for you?

Well, a couple. I loved working on Gothic: Dark Glamour. That was the first time we did a really immersive mise-en- scène with a graveyard, a laboratory, and a ruined castle and things. That was great fun, and I think good preparation for upcoming shows like our fairy tale show, which we will do in 2016 that will similarly have dramatic mise-en-scènes. And then, of course, A Queer History of Fashion won us a lot of prizes, particularly for the work that we did both in reaching out to the LGBT community and doing media online. I think that was also good preparation for remembering to focus on diversity themes in all of our shows and also remembering to emphasize media media media! It is a great way to reach out to people. Even if they cannot come in the door of the exhibition, they can still get information and images online.

Who writes for Fashion Theory, which is your journal?

It is mostly curators and professors and graduate students.

So is it mostly people you have met? Or do people apply?

No, no it is a peer-reviewed journal which means that people send things in, and then I have to find one or two experts in their field who will peer review it and say whether or not it is good enough to go in, or absolutely not, or can it go in only if they make x, y, z changes. It is much more prestigious and important for scholars to be published in a peer-reviewed journal than just a regular magazine.

I just wanted to introduce the readers to the Couture Council, because I think a lot of people don’t even know that it exists. And to be honest, I don’ t know that much about it because there isn’t that much information available.

Yes, the Couture Council is a friends group, which many museums have. It is a membership group; members pay $1,000 a year and young members under 35 pay $350 a year. They can come to various events, and the money–their membership fees along with the awards luncheon–help fund exhibitions, public programs and acquisitions for the museum. We get some money from corporations and foundations, but the Couture Council is nice because it is reliable. No matter what our show is about, whether it is a kooky one that we can’t get any corporate sponsors to fund, or it is controversial in some way, we know the Couture Council is there to help support all our exhibitions and all our public programs.

Lastly, is there anything you would like to do professionally that you haven’t had the chance to do yet?

Well, of course, if you had your own television show, you could reach a bigger audience. I do a lot of [appearances on] TV shows, but I think there is a lot more that could be done. Now, of course, television is becoming a bit outdated, so you really have to think in terms of the world-wide web. We have a new department specifically focusing on media and new initiatives. Many of the videos shown in the lobby are on the YouTube page. On YouTube there’s a little of this and a little of that. Each of the fashion exhibitions has its own website and we’re increasingly doing videos for those.

Yes, I have used the exhibition websites for information for some class projects. They are done really beautifully. Well, thank you so much for sitting down with me. It was a pleasure talking to you!

Of course, with pleasure! Thank you, it was nice talking to you!

–Emily–

Curious About the Dorms?

Wondering what the dorms are actually like? Take a look at some FIT student’s room tours!

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Hope that answers some questions!

–Emily–

Nothing Left to Do but Network

Hi guys,

Can’t believe this semester flew buy SO fast. I mean I’ve got only three more weeks to go before finishing forever (wow, right?) but I know it in my heart these are going to be the three longest, most intense weeks in my college career. With that in mind, I have been non-stop applying to jobs. Wherever, whenever I can I send in a resume. Technically I can’t start working until Jan.6 (because of OPT permit, F-1 student problems) so I shouldn’t start looking until one month before. Personally, I do not care at all about technically and already started the hunt. What I have encountered after a great amount of emailing is that knowing someone from the company you are applying to is your first step inside the door.

For this reason I have been secretly stalking the companies I intend to apply too and see if there are any events coming up. My friend EventBrite has really come in handy. Sometimes you just have to get out there and live to learn. At one point you just have to stop depending on books and start depending on life. To prove that this is not some gibberish (even though it might sound like it haha) here are two events I have attended lately, which have made me realize that every networking opportunity is a potential job opportunity.

  1. A Night of Empowering Conversations hosted by PureWow New York and Fidelity Investments. To say this event blew my mind is an UNDERstatement. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
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Oh and the cherry to my ice cream week was being featured in the ANN INC Facebook page. How many times shall I say it? HARD work, PAYS off.

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Sadie

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Spa to my Soul

Hi there,

This past weekend could NOT have been better! Thanks to Cosmo’s Fun Fearless Life Conference I’m psyched about graduation and starting my own journey (as opposed to s*i*t*i*n* my pants, pardon mon francais). safe_imageMy friend the CEO of Streben Marketing got us press passes to cover the event as Dominican Press (say what?! and thats why you need entrepreneur friends). Little did I know, this was going to be quite frankly MIND BLOWING. I could proceed to write about the entire event, but it is one of those things you have to live to believe (sorry, NOT so sorry lol).

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Wise words from the incredible speakers of this event (they are too much to list but click here for the entire schedule and click on their names for more info and inspiring videos).

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Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine:

When we don’t see the opportunities, we must create them.

Sara Blakely, CEO Spanx

The best revenge is your own success.

Jason Silva, Futurist Filmmaker

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Some other ideas I jotted down without speaker credits (bravo Sadé), but which I must share with you nonetheless:

  1. Play your own game, be the best you can be.
  2. Who you know, is what you know.
  3. The downside to sameness is that we limit ourselves.
  4. Own your own ambition.
  5. Never settle.
  6. Great things are happening now.
  7. Find your inner mentor.
  8. Commit to pursuing your passion.
  9. Vaginas don’t come with an owners manual, get informed.
  10. We talk about everything, sex, drugs, stretch marks, WHY not money?
  11. Get noticed for the right reasons.
  12. Happiness is from within, not from without.
  13. Projection is perception.
  14. My presence is my power.

Amy Cuddy, Social Psychologist

Don’t fake it until you make it; fake it until you become it.

This is what 2,000 people look like when they Power Pose.

This is what 2,000 people look like when they Power Pose.

Jillian Michaels, Personal Trainer

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Kelly Osbourne, TV Personality

Wake up and learn to love yourself, because you are not going to wake up and be someone else. Fucking love yourself.

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Carpe Diem,

Sadie

Your Guide to NYC Talk Show Tickets

One of the many beauties of New York City is that there are so many talk shows filmed here.  From Live with Kelly and Michael to Wendy Williams to Late Night with Seth Meyers, the list goes on and on.  For some shows, the tickets are easy to come by, but other shows depend on the exact second you are online trying to book.  So I’ve done my research and here are the ways to come by several major talk show tickets:

  • LIVE with Kelly and Michael – tickets for the week are released about 2 weeks prior so check back Saturdays and Sundays if you want to book in advanced.  What I have noticed is that usually 1-3 days before a show, there are tickets available because people cancel their tickets or whatever the case may be so KEEP CHECKING!!  You can look up tickets here: http://1iota.com/Show/326/LIVE-with-Kelly-and-Michael
  • The View - tickets are available right now and are pretty easy to come by!  If constant interrupting and yelling is your kind of talk show…then here’s your link: http://1iota.com/Show/385/The-View
  • The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon – now these tickets are ALL ABOUT TIMING.  If you want tickets, follow @FallonTonight on twitter immediately.  They release all the information and when the ticket sales online are taking place.  The tickets for the month are released the month prior so tickets for December just were released.  I highly recommend turning on mobile notifications for @FallonTonight within the last week or two of the month to find out when they are happening.  Once you find out, sit on your computer and hit refresh at the exact time they become available.  Have the day in mind that you want to go but be flexible and quick.  Tickets for December sold out in 10 minutes!! Here is the link: http://www.showclix.com/event/thetonightshowstarringjimmyfallon
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers – these tickets are slightly easier to come by than Jimmy Fallon but you still have to be on top of your game.  Follow @LateNightSeth on twitter to get all the updates.  They announce in the same way that Fallon does because they are both NBC network shows.  Turn on the mobile notifications and may the odds be ever in your favor.  http://www.showclix.com/event/latenightseth

With all of these shows and any talk show, they overbook each show so get there early and don’t forget an ID!

Ashley

Notes From The 6 Train: Quintessential Halloween Post

Last year I was stuck in class while the parade was going on and went afterwards because it was so cold outside. So as far as I’m concerned, that doesn’t count. So hooray for my first Halloween In NYC!

My Halloween ended up being much different than I had expected. It looked like this:

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as opposed to this:

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I’ve been working and training at an aerial and fitness dance studio in Chelsea the past four months. I attended my dance studio’s annual party an it was a blast! I got to see ghouls, goblins, ninjas & mermaids hanging, swinging and flying through the air. It was magical. It was beyond inspiring to see my peers, the people I work and train, performing so beautifully. It almost looked effortless, but because I know the amount of hard work and dedication that goes into any type of dance, especially aerials, I would be a fool to think that this feat was effortless.

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After the performances we all got together and jammed. In the midst of this jamfest, I looked around and realized just how fortunate I am to have entered into a whole new community or creative, passionate and driven people (much like students at FIT.) The longer I live in New York, the more obvious it becomes to me just how many opportunities there are to create the life you want. As always, I encourage students to go out in the city and explore! We live in a city of chance. After this reaffirmation, I continued to dance until the wee hours of the morning. Best Halloween I’ve had in a long time.

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

Love Your Library: Disruptive Luxury

Hi Everyone,

Love Your Library is a series of events hosted by the FIT Gladys Marcus Library focusing on different aspects of the fashion industry. This year marks their 7th year of consecutive success and I was really impressed by the quality of their guest speakers. Last Wednesday I assisted Disruptive Luxury: 3D Printing for Fashion and Luxury Goods with the Designer Francis Bitonti who is known for the world’s first fully articulated 3-D Printed Gown for Dita Von Teese.

He covered everything from a brief history of his design studio, the future of the industry, and changes to both as a result of technologies like 3D printing. (His studio also offers free courses, check them out here)

Some of the things I took away:

  • 3D printing is so much more than rapid prototyping.
  • There is a shift on how content is created, language makes things and that language today is code.
  • Mathematical Models drive innovation.
  • We have to embrace computation as a creative media.
  • We should stop trying to reproduce what we already have.
  • 3D printing can be a Zero Waste Process.
  • We have a level and control of precision like never before seen in humankind.
  • There is a trend on making smaller printers not bigger.
  • In approximately 10 years the patents will die which will make the technology more widely available and less expensive.
  • The future is in our hands.

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Carpe Diem,

Sadie

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