Congrats to the F.I.T. Class of 2013!
In the spirit of giving, I thought it would be cool to pass this blog over to a dear friend of mine and participant of the “Future of Fashion” show. Introducing Miss Allyssa Collura, hailing from upstate New York!
Mark: How have you found the fashion show process while at F.I.T.?
Allyssa: I have found it to be really helpful. It is precision based and aids you greatly in learning the language of designers!
M: What are your main sources of inspiration?
A: Oh lord! I am such a nerd, biology coupled with bio-chemistry does it for me.
M: Whoa! Care to explain.
A: I find the curvilinear quality of things such as Hellenistic art, sculpture, and weaving beautiful.
M: Could you explain your creative process to me?
A: Sure. I really like abstract inspiration paired with technical things. To me this equates art.
M: What are your aspirations?
A: To make the best work I can. I would love to assist at a place like Alexander McQueen!
XoXo -Mark E.
After all the hours of draping, patterning, sewing, and sleepless nights…the Senior Fashion Show has finally come and gone. This past Wednesday, the show was produced by a professional company, and those who made it into the show were able to see the fruits of their labor. I feel that for a lot of us, it was a blur. Personally, I don’t remember much of what happened before my garment came out on the runway, because I was so concerned about my garment even coming out on the runway. I was definitely holding my breath the whole time. The students from every specialization really did an amazing job and should be proud of themselves, whether or not they made it into the show. You can check out the video here if you missed it!
Here’s a few photos from before and during the show:
Now we only have two and a half more weeks until graduation, which is surreal! After four years of hard work, I’m sure it will come as a relief for most of us. I’ll be sure to update in the coming weeks with thoughts about graduation and the future! Stay tuned.
The Future of Fashion show can be viewed live online beginning at 6:30 pm Eastern.
With the fashion show fast approaching (it’s already tomorrow!), I thought I would recap on the process of Model Fitting Day. Last Monday, we were all given a time slot to come to the Great Hall to fit our garments. My time was 12:30, so I got there at 11:30, as we were asked to get there an hour early. I could tell by how many of my classmates were still there that they were running late on the schedule. We had a little more of a challenge than some of the other specializations because our garments are right next to the body for the most part. As the models came in, our professor was selective, trying to best match the model’s body type with the style. Some of the more loungewear/sleepwear pieces that were loose could take almost any model whereas the foundation pieces needed models that had the right assets to fill them out.
Basically the system was that whichever models came in when it was our turn were the ones we had to choose from (not us specifically, but our professors and the show director). We waited…and waited…and waited. There was a long span of time where no models were arriving. Finally, at 3:30(!!), I was called to the back. I could tell from how the day had gone that it would be crazy back there, and it was. I was introduced to my stunning model, Jing, and with the help of one of the dressers, we put her in my slip. She’s extremely slender and I could tell from the start that I would have to take it in pretty significantly. My professor thought I might be able to get away with not doing it, but then when she walked the dress was riding up in the back. She did look really great in it otherwise. It’s so different to see the garment on a real person! So in the end, I had to take it in over an inch in the center back and sew in bra pads to help fill out the cups a little bit.
Although I only had a couple corrections, I’m still terrified that it’s not going to fit right. I’m going to be holding my breath until it goes down the runway. (If it even does…if it doesn’t look right and it’s still riding up I’m worried they might cut it from the show.) It’s just extremely difficult because we only get one model fitting. Note to future intimate apparel girls: NEVER DO SHAPEWEAR. It might seem like a good idea until you realize that you fit it to a dress form and that it has to go on a real person with completely different proportions.
Here’s a (really bad) photo from my model fitting. It was too chaotic for me to get a better one, and right when I snapped the photo a professor was fussing with the back:
So I’m crossing my fingers for tomorrow, hoping that everything goes okay and that my alterations fixed all the issues.
The show is being aired live in the Katie Murphy Amphitheater at 4:00pm and 6:30pm and streamed live at 6:30pm online here! Check it out if you can. As for me, my parents are coming in from Pennsylvania for the 4:00 show, and then the 6:30 show is for industry professionals and the critic award winners. It should be interesting. Good luck to everyone tomorrow!
The storm has passed and I can finally rest easily.. kind of.
We’ve all worked so hard to get to this point and I can’t believe it’s finally here! Our garments are done and we can finally start preparing ourselves for the real world! I’m happy with how my looks came out and can’t wait to shoot them for my website and portfolio! I even made little scrunchies! ^.^
I’m so proud of all of them!
and me in her beautiful cocoon coat!
lots of pictures this time!
Will have more next time as well!
I write this post with hesitation, as Judging Day is a slightly touchy subject. For those who don’t know, after Pre-Judging and set-up in the Great Hall last Tuesday, it was decided on Wednesday which of the eighty or ninety garments would be in the Fashion Show. I tried to be indifferent, but then found myself as one of the many students waiting outside the Great Hall for the list of garments to be posted. There aren’t words to describe how much anxiety was in the air. I think a lot of it was from each of us playing off of each others’ emotions, as I feel like we’re definitely a family in Intimate Apparel. We want everyone to get in the show and for no one to be upset, but we had to be prepared for whatever happened. The judging is always so subjective that you never know what to expect. The list ended up being posted an hour after we originally thought it was going to be, as the judges were still deciding up until the last minute. Intimate Apparel ended up getting fifteen looks in the show, which is great! My first ensemble was among them.
With that being said, there were so many amazing garments from every specialization that weren’t chosen for the show. What’s so sad to me is that the judges can’t see all of the effort that goes into each and every garment. Months of planning and work is glanced at for a minute and then checked “yes” or “no” on their sheets. I know that this is the nature of the judging and of the industry, but it’s a harsh reality check. I’ve seen these students work relentlessly every day, night, weekend, Spring Break, and all while dealing with other classes, internships, many times other jobs on top of that to pay for these incredible garments, as well as living expenses. The silver lining of this situation is that in the end, the show isn’t going to make or break anyone’s career. I’ve heard from several professors that have worked in the industry that they have never asked in an interview if the applicant got into the Fashion Show or not.
I’ll update soon with the details about Model Fitting Day, which was yesterday. Stay tuned!
Here’s just a quick photo update of the looks that were chosen to move on to judging in the Great Hall! Everyone did amazing work. Tomorrow is officially D-Day, and we’ll find out by 6pm who made it into the show. Good luck everyone!
Our line-up in the Great Hall:
I’ll be sure to update with how tomorrow goes. However things turn out tomorrow, everyone should be proud of the work they accomplished!
I’m currently running on about three hours of sleep from last night. I had to do some finishing touches on my first and second ensembles last night to be ready for pre-judging today. I also had to write a paper for my U.S. History class, which I hadn’t gotten to because I’ve been too busy working on my garments. Anyway, for those who don’t know, pre-judging consists of our professor and critic deciding which garments should be shown at the official fashion show judging this Wednesday. The entire class had a great presentation. I’ll add an update later on with photos from today. Overall, I think we have 33 out of 40 garments moving on to judging, which is great. Our critic, Flora Nikrooz, also announced that the critic award winner for Intimate Apparel is Alina for her beautiful bodysuit and gown ensemble. Congrats!!
Tomorrow from 2-3 pm is Intimate Apparel’s time slot to set our garments up in the Great Hall in preparation for judging on Wednesday. This comes with its own set of stressful challenges, especially because the dress forms are smaller than our forms in class. This is hard for intimates, because the vast majority of our garments sit right against the body. Unfortunately for me, I have two shapewear garments so I’m sure tomorrow will prove to be interesting!
I’m already pushing my limits by being awake for this long and feel like my body is slowly shutting down, so stay tuned for photos from today’s critique as well as a close-up of the critic award winning garment! Also, the Great Hall is open from 2-4 pm on Wednesday for friends and family to come see the entire BFA presentation for all the Fashion Design specializations, so come check it out if you have time!
Hey Guys & Dolls,
It is officially one week until judging and things are going really well believe it or not. All of my contemporaries are holding their own and my pieces are being produced more efficiently than I would have thought. Now is the time for me to get to the nitty-gritty and show you the thought process and work that I went through.
I always design with a certain type of customer in mind and none the less what she wants in her wardrobe. My many years spent interning at some of America’s favorite design houses such as Anna Sui, Kay Unger, Kenneth Cole, Tracy Reese, and even working for Macy’s from the bottom up. Yup, sales associate, personal shopper, and lastly, private label intern this past summer, has really taught me a thing or two coupled with my in class learning. #GoTigers!
With The Great Gatsby scheduled to make its big screen debut this coming summer I thought it best to use them as inspiration. The 1920s was so rich in history, it oozed opulence, sophistication, and an elevated approach to everyday living. I hope you see the film when it comes to theatres. The show has awarded us so many opportunities from model fittings, in class photo shoots, and the chance to use faux fur!
Stay tuned to see if I make it into the Future of Fashion show…
XoXo- Mark E.