The FIT website has posted photos and bios of all of the FIT 2013 Fashion Design Graduates! We all wrote the bios and sent them in along with the photos. It is a type of yearbook if you will. They have a special section for the Milan students. Enjoy:)
On another note, I finally received my dyes that I ordered for my collection! They were stuck in customs for quite some time but now they are here and I just cant wait to get started with them. I’ll keep you all posted with progress photos.
Recently our project with Filoscozia for Premiere Vision has been getting some press! A couple of weeks ago one of my sketches for the project was featured in Fashion Magazine. My Sketch is the one on the far left.
A couple of days ago I found out that this project with Filoscozia was also featured on the Vogue Italia website! http://www.vogue.it/talents/concorsi-e-altro/2013/03/filoscozia-academy . If you go to the website and click to the second picture you will see my garment and my name! Both the website and the magazine are in italian but you can refer to my other blog posts to understand better what the project was all about.
As part of the 8th semester curriculum we are able to take a screen printing class in Lago di Como, about an hour north of Milan. The Lake Como region is known for its silk production as well as for its printing factories. Factories in Como produce the finest most high-end silk that is used in all of the major design houses worldwide. Aside from its world-renowned factories it is also one of the most beautiful and scenic cities in northern Italy.
Every Monday I hop on the train to Como and arrive at the Politecnico di Como where they have amazing fabric printing facilities. In this class we are working on developing our own prints for our senior collections. I have come to learn that adding personal prints to a collection is a much more complicated process than I ever imagined. We have had the amazing opportunity to travel to multiple design houses and printing factories in Como in order to see the entire process from start to finish!
The first step is designing the print tile on the computer. Next you must separate the colors into individual channels. Once this is done you have to decide weather you want your print executed by screen printing or digital printing. If you decide to use screen printing you must take your file to an engraver who will use ultraviolet light to engrave you design into multiple silk screens. Once the screens are engraved they must be rised and then they are ready for ink!
Technicians prepare a test print on paper. The place ink at the top of the screen and pull it down. Where the screen was engraved the ink will pass through creating the design.
For my print, I opted to use digital printing because I want a more photographic effect, however I loved being able to see the entire process of screen printing from start to finish. It is an incredibly complex process. Below is the first test print of my individual design! More to come…
After all of the excitement at Premiere Vision my friends and I stayed the weekend in Paris enjoying everything that is French. The weather was absolutely beautiful, perfect for strolling around the city, eating macaroons, and visiting a few of the world’s best museums. It really was an unforgettable weekend.