Aimee is a fashion design student specializing in knitwear. She grew up in Pittsburgh and headed to NYC right after high school. She has a life aside from fashion: listening to K-pop, hand knitting, sketching, or lazing around dreaming about traveling the world. Aimee hates working out and eating healthy because she loves all kinds of food! But she loves riding her bike and walking all over the city during summer and counts that as exercise.
Aimee says she’s a “typical girl” and considers shopping both a hobby and a sport. To her there is a lot that goes in to finding the funnest clothing at the cheapest price and it takes time, patience, and practice. If she had the time and money to travel and vintage shop all over the world she would do it in an instant!
Aimee is hoping her blog readers will learn a lot about the world of knitting through her posts. She says, “It’s really such an amazing art form and there are so many cool things you can do with just some yarn and needles!”
Anil was born in Istanbul, Turkey. After completing her primary education, she attended the School of Political Sciences at Istanbul University. After two years of studying Public Management, she decided that wasn’t even close to what she wanted to do for a living. She quit and applied to the Istanbul Technical University/FIT dual diploma program.
Anil has experience in fashion & music reporting/writing, working as an interpreter at a newspaper, doing design internships for several brands, and working as a part-time English instructor. She is interested in fashion, design, visual communication, American & European music, making music, shooting video, blogging, literature, and travel.
Aria, from The Bronx, NY, is a fashion design student who specializes in children’s wear. Her favorite garments to design are girls dresses for all occasions and girls and boys alternative street wear. Aria has been interested in fashion design since the age of 9 and her tastes have changed and developed a lot. She attended the High School of Fashion Industries in NYC, just three blocks away from FIT, and says it gave her a nice head start. Aria loves sewing and illustration, as well as CAD design which is quickly becoming her main interest. She plans to steer her career in the direction of technical and computer aided aspects that help bring garments to life.
She also plans, with a collaborative effort from a dear friend and fellow Children’s Wear designer, to start a freelance girls dress shop on etsy, with one-of-a-kind dresses for young girls, toddler to seven years old.
Mark was born and raised in Atlantic City, NJ, spending most of his days doing what teens do–shopping at the local mall on Saturdays. After several internships ranging from design and production to film and television, he has finally grasped what makes him tick: concept, research, and trends.
Mark is a fashion design student specializing in special occasion. Having worked for brands such as Anna Sui, Tracy Reese, Kenneth Cole, and Macy’s, he understands what the modern woman wants to see in her closet. He says, “While talent may get you in the Fashion Institute of Technology, tenacity will keep you there.”
Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania (a short distance outside of Philadelphia), Tori moved to New York in 2009 after being accepted into FIT’s Fashion Design program. She is currently a senior specializing in Intimate Apparel and has been a design intern at Victoria’s Secret for almost two years. Tori enjoys computer-aided design and loves working in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Lectra Kaledo. She is anxious to graduate in May and start her career as a designer.
Brianna is originally from Northport, NY. She moved to New York City in 2008 to attend FIT as a fashion design major specializing in knitwear.
Lania is from Sao Paolo, Brazil, but has lived in Brooklyn for seven years. She has what she calls a “scattered” background: she studied business and fine arts as a way of getting experience in fashion. She decided she wanted to study fashion as soon as she arrived in New York City.
When it comes to passion and ambition to be a successful fashion designer, Laryssa Hicks has it. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Laryssa loves art and fashion. She attended the High School of Fashion Industries to sharpen her skills and get a head start on fashion. As a senior, she received the Stellar Steiner Scholarship and was accepted into FIT soon after. Laryssa has worked with several stylists and organized a fashion show in 2009 with two other designers. Now she’s anxious to graduate from FIT and launch her career. Laryssa specializes in evening wear and Is interning at Saratina by Sarah Jassir. “I love to wake up blessed and doing what I love to do every day and this is how I will feel for the rest of my life.”
Lorna is a lingerie designer and up and coming blogger. She finds her inspiration in strong women and is always looking to stimulate her creative mind with something new. Her aesthetic toes the line between ethereal and risque. She is about to complete her final semester at FIT and earn her BFA in fashion design – and she can’t wait to go out and make her mark on the world!Lo
Born and raised in the charming city of Madison, Wisconsin, Yvonne’s passion has always been drawing and designing ever since she was old enough to hold a pencil. As a child she watched her grandmother pattern and sew dresses for her and her sister and was mesmerized that a piece of flat fabric could magically become such a beautiful dress. While her parents originally discouraged her intention to pursue a career in fashion, she proved her dedication was more than just a passing interest. With her parent’s blessings, she moved to New York after high school to study at FIT.
Yvonne admits that, even though moving to New York has been one of the biggest uphill climbs of her life, she could not imagine doing anything else with her life. Design will always be her first and only real calling. Although Yvonne is not entirely sure what her future has in store for her, with a strong desire to excel and succeed in life, she is keeping faith that with time hard work will pay off.
Growing up between a cornfield and a horse pasture in Indiana was enough to make this girl want to move to New York City. A self-taught sewer from the age of 10, Amy always dreamed of a career in fashion design. She has come a long way since making clothes for her Barbie dolls out of tissue and intends to pursue a career in intimate apparel when she graduates in May. Amy spent her freshman year abroad, studying in Florence. That’s where she says she was exposed to the idea of “culture” for the first time.
Since moving to New York in 2008, Amy has interned with many intimate apparel companies including Victoria’s Secret, Vandale Industries, Komar Sleepwear Company and Julia B. Her experiences have only confirmed her suspicions that she truly belongs in the field of bras and panties. A love of hand detailing and over-the-top drama in her designs has brought Amy much success over the past couple years. She was a Critic Award Winner for the Fashion Institute of Technology AAS Versace Exhibit, won 1st place in the Lululemon Urban Yogini Design Competition, and most recently placed first in the student design competition at the Underfashion Club 2011 Femmy Gala.
Amy hopes to continue to make one-of-a-kind custom garments in the future, but realizes that she also needs to earn a living. Wherever graduation may take her, Amy seizes every opportunity placed in front of her and hopes to continue to thrive in the design world.
Emily grew up in San Antonio, Texas and is an 8th semester childrenswear design student. She is president of the Childrenswear Club, a member of the Chabat Club and member of New York Cares.
“I love childrenswear because I love to experiment with colors and fabrics. My motto is ‘everything looks cute on a kid!’”
Emily is currently interning for the Children’s Apparel Network, where she works with the girls design division and the girls merchandisers. In addition to school, Emily absolutely loves food, being outside, watching documentaries, and enjoying as much free time as possible with friends.
Olga is a Fashion Design student specializing in knitwear. French by nationality, Olga was born and raised in South America.
She always enjoyed sewing and painting as a child. One beautiful day, her parents were invited to dinner at a friend’s house. Olga was eight years old and was getting a bit bored until the host, a dressmaker and patternmaker said, “Come to visit my fashion studio.” As she walked in the studio, Olga entered a world of fantasy, luxury, beauty, colors, beads, and drapes. She spent the evening sketching and working with the fabric.
Olga says that was a crucial, life changing event. She ended taking home some scraps of satin, needles, and Collezioni magazines, which became her bible. From that day on, Olga never stopped making clothes.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Dani has always chosen clothing and personal style as a means to express herself creatively. Her parents own a chain of clothing stores based in B.C. but this was by no means a set destiny for Dani, but rather played a significant roll in her realization that it was a favoured outlet of creativity. Dani’s family taught her the values of hard work, and having an open mind and instilled upon her an appreciation for art, music, culture, and nature, which continue to inspire her in all aspects of her designs.
Dani had no second thought in her decision to attend FIT after her acceptance and has not looked back once at this decision. But after two years, desiring another outlook on apparel design and other methods of teaching it, Dani entered an intensive summer program at London’s Central Saint Martins. She learned the importance of extensive research and concept building within the design process and the fine art potential in fashion. Dani chose to specialize in Knitwear once she realized the creative possibilities it offered, especially in terms of texture development. She believes that the most engaging creations stem from a combination of both thoughtful planning and organic openness to change.
Originally from Denver, Colorado, this self-proclaimed New Yorker moved to the City in 2005 to pursue an education in Fashion Design at FIT. Arriving she hit the ground running, concentrating in Special Occasion and earning her Associate Degree in 2007. She is graduating with her BFA in May 2010.
Outside the classroom, Nasya hones her craft while interning at J. Mendel. Working at this luxury company provides the young designer with useful and practical knowledge for succeeding in the industry as well as being an incubator for thought provoking inspiration.
Her devotion to fashion as an art form is only eclipsed by her presence and enthusiasm in the workroom. Drawing inspiration from a multitude of sources, her design philosophy is, “…well the most personal thing that a designer carries with them, the compass that drives the ideas. To every sense, the reaction that springs it to life. For me, LIFE is my design philosophy. To live with passion, virtue, and the inherent beauty that surrounds everything that is. Adding tactile elements, expressing the world as I see its exquisiteness. With that in mind I design from and for the world around me.”
“Only two more months to go, you guys. We can totally do this!”
Currently residing in Queens with her favorite aunt, a Fashion Institute alumni, this upbeat Brooklyn native knew she’d be graduating from FIT since she was 8 years old. It’s no surprise then that when she applied to the college, she had a leg up on the competition, having first attended the High School of Fashion Industries (whose top two floors were the very beginning of FIT). There, she had several looks featured in the senior fashion show– including some menswear pieces which earned her faculty and industry praise in the form of a NAMSB (National Association of Men’s Sportswear Buyers) Incentive Award. Yissel brings experience to the table, and hopes to repeat her success.
Having first pulled influences from her Latin background, her first model (Barbie), and the urban environment she grew up in, Yissel’s approach to design has made quite an advance over the years. She now draws inspiration from her eclectic range of music, and a certain European aesthetic adapted from her time spent studying at Italy’s renowned Politecnico di Milano. It was there she collaborated with a group of international students to design a collection for United Colors of Benetton, earning her a perfect score for the course and the honor of having the collection on display as part of a Benetton sponsored exhibit at the Trienniale Design Museum in Cadorna.
When not at school, Yissel feels right at home interning at Michael Kors, surrounded by the chic, luxurious sportswear she lives for.
Coming to NYC 4 years ago as a wide-eyed transplant from a small town in New Hampshire, Christina adapted to city life as if it was second nature. In the beginning, though not always interested in fashion, she developed a strong passion for intimate apparel during her high school years and wanted to turn said passion into a reality. Knowing that FIT was a forerunner in sending talented designers into the Fashion World, she decided to pack and up leave for the bright lights of the city.
After having completed an AAS degree for fashion design in 2007, she is now in the BFA program specializing in intimate apparel. Through her hard work and dedication to the field of lingerie, she was a recipient of the 2009 Underfashion Club scholarship and a finalist in the student design competition for the Femmy Awards Gala in 2010. Her creative talent and high standard for excellence has led to an internship at the well respected intimate apparel firm, Le Mystère, a company priding themselves on not only beautiful aesthetics, but impeccable fit.
She looks forward to a career working alongside other professionals who share her interest in full figure foundations. She believes that every woman, no matter her size, should feel confident, glamorous, and sexy in her own body. Beautifully made lingerie in larger sizes shouldn’t be so hard to find and she wishes to contribute in filling that void in the industry.