No not doomsday, not by far. This is only the tip of the iceberg.
So yes, our critic, Bonnie Young, was arriving to make her critique of our finalized garments. The aura was mixed, some anxious, some aloof, some indifferent (like me).
Speaking for myself, I only submitted one garment for review, and that was my Baroque inspired dress. The jacket will no longer accompany it as I believe I stated before, and instead will go for my Cotton Inc. look, which even still I am not submitting for the contest. Personal choice. I’m treating it now as a no pressure final garment for grading.
Helen’s accessory page. Highly professional presentation don’t you agree?
Anywho, we all prepped with high hopes and star glazed eyes (overly dramatic wording alert), pining gleefully at the opportunity that lie ahead (told you).
Prof. Seggio informed us to come prepared with printouts and ideas for how we will accessorize our looks, as well as the design sketch and swatches. (I opted to do a CAD drawing from my own sketch actually.)
Lining up! And admiration by Helen and Jihaeng.
Thai doing some final pressing.
Helen in preparation mode.
Neutral to color splash! Helen, Janine, Poorum.
Earth Tones. Student Showcase III of these garments and more coming in the next post.
Near complete lineup. I can’t wait to show you all the detail shots. We’re an awesome group! I’m proud of everyone and myself included.
When Bonnie arrived, we greeted her. She was immediately shocked at how much we’d accomplished since she last visited. It was tough though, since her time with us was so limited, unfortunately that if we had any flaws or needed tweaks, at this stage it was already too late to make any major changes. I think if we had maybe one more visit at the stages of early construction, this could have been avoided. But overall, the results and feedback were okay, it varied from person to person, I won’t get too specific, but yea we survived it.
I will be showcasing everyones individual garments in the upcoming post. Later, look out for a report on the Judging Day (or should I say “Judgement Day”) happenings and our class Critic Award Winner.
No matter what happens, we all know we worked hard in the 1 1/2 years we’ve been doing Children’s Wear at FIT, gaining the skills we will use for our career lifetimes. It doesn’t end here!
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:
And finally here is the Intimate Apparel critic award winning garment by Alina!
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!
My lack of recent posts is due to the insane frenzy that was in C714 this past week as we tried to complete our first ensembles for yesterday. While some other specializations work on both first ensemble and the Cotton Inc. ensemble at the same time, Intimate Apparel finishes the first ensemble and then moves on to the cotton ensemble afterwards. (Which means now we only have three weeks and counting to start and finish our cotton looks!) Looking on the bright side, I have to give credit to the lovely Intimate Apparel ladies for pulling it together and really making the first critique an amazing presentation. Our critic, Flora Nikrooz, was present for the critique and we each got one-on-one sessions with her and Professor Armillas to make any improvements on our garments for Judging Day, which is April 17th.
Here’s a preview of the impressive Intimate Apparel presentation:
Front left: Caroline, Angenille, Erin, Jenn, Yazmil, Mira
From left: Alina, Larissa, Yie Sung, Emily, Lindsay
From left: Gina Marie, Me, Tessa, Sara, Nina
Last but certainly not least! From left: Natasha, Judy, Gina
Although some lucky girls are actually getting a break for spring break next week, the rest of us will be in the workrooms starting to drape our Cotton Inc. ensembles. I’ll be back with updates soon!
So this week has been an especially crazy one, I must say. On Monday, knowing that our final critic meeting was on the coming Wednesday, I asked my internship if I could leave a few hours early and tack those hours onto Friday instead. (I intern at Opening Ceremony, btw since for whatever reason I haven’t mentioned that before? It’s totally awesome, though, and I wish I could own absolutely everything in their SS10 collection!) I went to midtown, picked up some last minute supplies (organza in the burgundy colour of my top to use as trim and some thread for my orange leather). I went home and basically worked all night on finishing up what I could. On Tuesday I mostly spent my time working on Cotton Inc though I really didn’t have much to show for it on Wednesday.
Wednesday was our critic critique and it was a little rough, I have to say. The following is a video of the beginning and end my my critique (there’s a large middle section missing).
So needless to say, I was not left feeling extremely excited after my review. There were a lot of things that Jean said that I thought were truly valid and insightful, but she also made some comments that I didn’t entirely agree with. Now I know that this is not unusual and of course I did not expect for her to love everything, but I found it difficult to debate my point of view; firstly because I was running on very little sleep, but I also I thought it unnecessary because in the end, I truly am free to make my own decisions so I might as well not cause a fuss out of it.
Things to point out:
1. I do agree that something is wrong with the shapes. I personally think that the proportions work, with the high waisted pant and the cropped jacket and top (I’m fully aware that this look is not for everyone!) but perhaps the under top is missing something. Maybe that it’s just that the cut isn’t doing much for it? But I wonder if my chunky/statement necklace will fix that?
2. One frustrating portion of the critique was how Jean mentioned that the top seemed too short and that a longer under piece might have made more sense proportionally. In my initial design, this was longer but I was advised to shorten it. Ha… go figure.
3. I also was a little confused because I thought that making a statement or standing out was important because this garment was for a Fashion Show. I took this to heart and decided to use vinyl in my garment to play off of the lighting of the runway. Also, by my use of colour, which is my “thing” (I’ve always said that rainbow is my favourite colour!) and I honestly didn’t think I was even doing anything outrageous in my colour story. Yes, unusual, but not CRAZY. When I had already determined my colour story and designs, amongst others I saw both Balenciaga and Marni Fall 2010 shows and I became pretty confident in my colour choices. I understand that not everyone will wear those colours together, but I am not designing for everyone.
4. Lastly, I certainly understand what she is saying about working for someone else. Not everyone will understand my vision, and not everything is going to sell, so sometimes I will need to conform or redesign. However, the way I see my career at FIT is that this is my chance to really explore who I am as a designer, because I’m not designing for any other mold. This is my time to get to the raw of who I am as an artist — I’ll have plenty of time to follow molds for the rest of my life! No, I won’t necessarily get into the show, but as my mom told me in an inspirational voice mail that I received while I was in my next class, how would I feel if I conformed to my critic’s or professor’s opinions, when I didn’t agree with them, and I didn’t get into the show anyhow? I’d be left without a garment my soul was in, and I wouldn’t be in the show. And she’s right! I’d rather not get into the show but at least know that what I created, was something I’m super proud of! Thanks, momma! Sidenote, I also take my parents opinions especially strongly as together they own a chain of clothing stores, where 50% of the merchandise is in-house designed and produced mostly locally (it’s called, Plum, and it’s just on the west coast of Canada) – so they too are informed critics!
Overall, the experience with Jean was extremely valuable. I’m sure I will come across many more “tough critics” in the future of my career, and this was a great trial run. Thankfully, Jean expressed that she was impressed with my conviction and articulation of my ideas which I think was a great compliment because it was important to me to portray the confidence that I had in my design.
Back to the garments… here’s my current progress on Cotton Inc!
crazy pointelle graph - knitting a sample of it on the Brother machine. every pointelle hole has been hand transferred!
very preliminery stages of bodysuit (that red is just waste yarn and will be removed).