I went home to Texas for my last Spring Break…ever! I loved it, I got to hang out with my niece and nephews, family and friends. Here is a little look at where I am from…Oh, and I really do live like 10 minutes away from China Grove!!!
Pre-judging and Judging day!
Last Monday was a stressful day! After spending the night finishing to knit my collar, I had a 45 minutes nap before getting in a cab and heading to school. We all put our our outfits on dress forms and waited for our critic Reiko to pre-judge our looks. We left the classroom for an hour, the time she needed to carefully look at every-one’s work and choose a critic award winner, and eventually deselect some looks for the judging day.
We all came back, dead tired, waiting to quickly pack up our things and have a little nap.
Reiko said she was very impressed with our class and our designs. We went much further than the expected. She would have liked to give many of us an award and added that it was very hard to pick a single one.
The winner was announced, and to a big surprise, it was me! So kudos for that. I am very happy to be the winner – as I have never won any fashion prize or award before. She added that the reason she picked me was that everytime I met her, I had developed my ideas. Also, I seriously listened to all her advices, stepping back from my original ideas and design, looking at my work from an objective point of view, and changing what needed to be changed. Indeed, at the beginning of the process, I was experimenting with plastic very much. I wanted to “glue” plastic bags directly onto my fabrics with latex. The idea was interesting, but not looking as attractive as it may sound. I had many ideas, but eventually, they were all over the place. A few weeks before I started knitting the final fabrics, I decided to change the colors and leave behind anything that looked too “crafty”. I still used the plastic, but knitting black garbage bags.
On Tuesday night, we set up all of our pre-selected outfits in the great hall at school. They were judged for the fashion show (May 4th) and a cotton award was chosen for each specialization track. My roomie and friend Elin got the knitwear cotton award with her amazing cotton paper handknit jacket.
Now it’s spring break and we are looking forward for some chill time! Take care and enjoy the pictures!
Ladies and Gentleman of all ages! The time has come for the big reveal! The results are in! I am pleased to report that intimate apparel managed to get 15 garments into the show this year! A HUGE congratulations is in order for Francielle, who took home the grand prize of $2,000 for the Cotton Award!
As for me, I managed to get BOTH ensembles into the show! Not going to lie, I totally jumped up and down when I found out! After three months of grueling hours of hand sewing, the work paid off and I will get to see my creations on real models, wearing real heels, on a real runway to real music, with real photographers from the press taking their pictures!!!! EEEK!!!!
What’s next? PACKING! I leave in 4 hours for the airport! I am flying to Miami where my family and I will be spending the next week aboard a cruise ship sailing through the eastern caribbean! All I can say is I NEED this vacation! One of the small side effects of attending FIT is that you don’t actually have a spring break. The last 3 years, spring break has merely been a chance to catch up on other work! Sophomore year we were finishing our garments for the AAS exhibit, and last year I was sewing garments for the Lululemon Athletica Urban Yogini Competition! This year I am being whisked away on an early graduation present! So I’m signing off for the next week! Here’s to hoping I come back with a tan! CHEERS!
Today is THE day…judging day!!!! I woke up about 7 times last night in a puddle of sweat…I mean that is ridiculous! It isn’t THAT big of a deal…anyways, GOOD LUCK, everyone!!!
After a grueling 3 months of what some might compare to a fiery pit of hell, our garments were presented today to our critic, Flora Nikrooz. I can not begin to explain the caliber of work that was on display. Each garment was unique and truly depicted a part of the designer. After a brief introduction with Ms. Nikrooz, we were asked to leave the room for an hour while the professor and our critic looked over our garments and decided what would continue on to judging on Wednesday. After stuffing myself with pizza and a smoothie, I returned to the room feeling better than I had in a long time. I was full, rested, and felt a large surge of accomplishment. We were each taken into the room individually, where we were given feedback, suggestions, and told if one or both of our garments would be continuing. Drum roll please… Both my garments are continuing onto judging on Wednesday! Ms. Nikrooz was absolutely smitten with my Cotton ensemble and actually offered me a job on the spot! Of course my mind was in no shape to make a decision like that on the spot, but I was extremely flattered by her words. She said she truly feels that I am going to change this industry. Can you ask for a greater compliment as a designer?
When everyone finished their critiques, the entire class was called back into the class for a few parting words, and the announcement of the critic award winner. Ms. Nikrooz only had nice things to say about her experiences with us and our garments. So did I end up with book-ends? (I already have a critic award trophy from the 4th semester Associates Exhibition) No, but a big Congratulations is in order for Nathalie Quirin! Her ensemble of black chiffon and peacock feathers won her the Critic Award for BFA!
Wednesday brings a new day of doing it all again. We have to arrive at school at 7 AM to put our garments on the forms for judging. Then we wait as the slowest and most grueling 48 hours of our lives passes by. At some point on Friday, the magical list of those students who are in the Fashion Show will be posted. One professor commented that it is the worst day to be at school because of all the upset and angry students. I couldn’t agree more. I intern on Friday, but maybe I’ll take my lunch break to come peak at the list, or just stop by after work. Until then, I plan on the next few days being full of rest, relaxation, booze, and a hair cut.
I am including a short video scan of all the garments that were displayed today to the Critic. I think you will agree- they are “Beyond.”
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Come one, come all, D-Day has arrived! In a mere 11 hours, we will be completely done with our ensembles for the fashion show and en route to the nearest bar to celebrate. This experience has truly brought us together not only as classmates, but also as drinking buddies. I haven’t been to a bar since at least February, and am happy to say that comes to an end tomorrow! There are many last minute details happening in the work room, but by 2 pm tomorrow there will be 34 completed garments in room C714… I hope. For those who have been following my progress from the beginning, I am including a video of my finished first and second ensembles. We joke that one is the modern bride, and the other is the 1800′s bride. I’m sure you’ll be able to tell which is which. For the world to see, here are the ensembles that have captured my creativity, tears, sweat, ambitions, and probably a small part of my soul. Enjoy.embedded by Embedded Video
In my four years at FIT, it has been a rare occasion NOT to have to pull an all-nighter before a term garment is due. But tonight I am proud to say, “I sleep.”
The critics eliminations were this week, and both of my garments made it past the first round!!! I have quite a few things to do to make sure they are perfect this weekend. Wednesday is judging for the actual fashion show and I couldn’t be more nervous! I made another video this week, woohoo! (Take a look at the entire classes garments!!!)
Hope you enjoy and more importantly…LAUGH!
I ran into Olivia Smith, a chicka who was walking around M&J Trimmings and asking people if she could film them for her film class she was taking. Understanding exactly where she was coming from, I volunteered right away! Here is her final product—stay tuned for me toward the end, stressfully looking for buttons!!! (Oh yea, I look a little bit like hobo!)