Originally, I came to FIT to pursue an FMM career because I knew the opportunities here would be limitless. I knew that participating in clubs like BSU and BRAG would be a great way to add to my college experience and gain access to those opportunities. Last week, BRAG welcomed FMM alumna Kimberly Goldson as our guest speaker. I was ecstatic to meet the Project Runway finalist and to hear how she used her classes from FIT to hone in on her designing abilities. The transition she made after her time here made me realize all the job possibilities I could venture into with an FMM degree.
Like me, Kimberly studied Fashion Merchandising Management while at FIT, but had dreams of learning how to sew to eventually launch her own line. With the creativity and ideas for designs but no technical know-how, Kimberly registered for electives, such as beginning sketching classes, which allowed her to express her ideas on paper. I immediately was able to relate to her because that was my exact mindset entering the school.
I initially wanted to attend FIT to study Fashion Design; however, I didn’t have the skill set to sew an entire garment, but I couldn’t give up on my dream of having a career in the fashion industry. It was amazing to hear Kimberly’s story and I realized how my studies would be the foundation for starting my business one day. I realized that by learning the fashion business as well as the design aspect, I can be more innovative. In Kimberly’s words, down the road, “I ultimately just want to march to the beat of my own drum.”
While speaking to us, she displayed some of her recent designs, including a pair of her famous trousers in grey with a bow detail on the waist, which could either be pulled through to one side or worn as a prominent bow. She also showed pieces from her debut spring 2012 collection which featured a boat-shaped neckline aquamarine knee length dress, with a pleated peplum attachment with beaded detail. That dress is also sold exclusively on Zappos.com and was worn by Condola Rashad, Phylicia Rashad’s daughter, on ABC’s The Chew. Kimberly also designed Condola a black dress with a full embroidered lace skirt over it, which she wore to the remake premiere of the 1989 classic film Steel Magnolias.
From a student’s perspective, listening to Kimberly’s story of merging FMM and Fashion Design was truly inspiring. When I graduate from FIT, I never want to become a person that stays average, and by trying my hand at design, I can have more opportunities to expand my degree into different areas of fashion, and achieve my dream of being an independent designer. Kimberly was able to successfully use her time at FIT to merge her FMM degree into fashion design, and her story inspires me to do the same.