Instructor Spotlight: Jully-Alma Taveras

Jully-Alma Taveras ​is an energetic, motivated and fashion obsessed NYC girl. Her
experience in the fashion industry started at 16 years old, interning for fur designer Adrianne Landau. Since then, Jully has earned degrees at FIT in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising Management. Jullyfor FITShe has worked in various different roles including luxury design, marketing, fashion show production, celebrity styling, merchandising and sales. Throughout all of these experiences, one thing has always remained constant – her love for fashion, product and relationship-building. Today, Jully works for Ralph Lauren as an Account Executive, lectures at FIT and works for the world leading trend forecasting Service WGSN/Stylesight.


Instructor Jully Taveras teaches:
HSX 120 Fabulous World of Fashion Forecasting

Teaching Philosophy:
My teaching philosophy starts with engagement. It’s very important for me to create an environment where asking questions comes very natural. My goal for my students is for each of them to inquire, research and develop in order to discover their dreams and then tactfully pursue those aspirations. I love to share my experiences and strive to help our next generation of fashion leaders carve their own paths to success!

On Precollege Programs:
I took my first Precollege class many moons ago, but I remember to this day who my professors were and how they helped me determine what my skill sets were and ways to improve them. The Precollege program at FIT provided me with tools to learn about careers, opportunities and industry professionals. It gave me a glimpse at the fashion world from the inside and helped me carve my own path to success. I encourage every young person to take Precollege courses – after all, I wouldn’t be where I am without being a part of this wonderful program myself!
 Fashion Design, Merchandising, Marketing and Sales:
-Adrienne Landau
-Bill Blass
-Ralph Lauren
-Laundry by Shelli Segal
-Jantzen Swimwear
-Perry Ellis International
-Leatherock Accessories
Fashion Styling:
-What Not to Wear with Stacy London and Clinton Kelly
-Time: Health Magazine
-Mercedes Benz NYFW

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Emily

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Precollege is Prefabulous!

As my mother crossed the Verrazano Bridge after missing our train from New Jersey to Penn Station where I would attend my first Precollege class last spring, I started to wonder if this was all a mistake. I had many of the same thoughts that we all have. Will people like me? Will my teacher like my work? Will I complete something I can be proud of?

And most importantly, were these two-inch heeled boots the wrong choice for today…?

Fortunately, as I walked into my class, the first of many, all of my questions were answered. I was home. From this first class in Fashion Forecasting, taught by the funny, fashionable and fabulous Prof. Gary Wolf, I not only learned the skill of predicting every fashion trend imaginable, but I also learned a few skills on life and being confident in my skin (and two-inch heels.). Taking this class allowed me to move outside my comfort zone and into the concrete jungle where I met friends who I can honestly say I will keep for a lifetime, and learned skills I will carry with me everywhere I go.

This fall I am enrolled in, “HAR 016: Creating The Fashion Figure” class, which will help me to improve my sketches and enhance my portfolio. My goal is to apply to FIT in 2017 to the Fashion Design program, and learn all the skills the school has to offer. I am thrilled to be back in a Precollege class with students who appreciate my creative side and personal style. There are so few people in my suburban high school who share my interests, so coming to Precollege truly feels like coming home. It is a place where people share the same passion for fashion and respect for style, but most importantly it has allowed me to step far outside my comfort zone. As Elle Woods once said, “You must always have faith in people, but most importantly you must always have faith in yourself.”

Who am I? Well I am still trying to figure that out. But most days I am a girl who models her look after classic yet simple pieces such as the leather jacket, as well as trending street style. I love to sing and will continue to stand in long lines to try out for The Voice (word to the wise, wear a coat in Chicago); love New York City and the buzz and hum of it; and spend most of my time with a great group of real friends (Squad!) I feel most like myself in the city and at FIT, where I can invent myself or wear something outrageous and everyone says, “Go girl!” instead of my high school where the principal sees my outfit and says “Go home, girl!” I love being with people who understand my creative side and appreciate my style, and I appreciate theirs. I love that I have the chance to blog for Precollege and report on the exciting things that are going on every day in FIT class rooms, and maybe even bring new outlooks and aspects to the already wonderful blog!

Precollege students: welcome to your new home away from home!

-Emily Salamon

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Samantha

Samantha SosaI am Samantha Sosa. I just started my Junior year at Oceanside High School. It feels like I have written this introduction a million times and every time it is completely different. But, right now I’m not just tapping my foot with a blank stare trying to figure out something to create. I finally can just write..well type. I am a triplet and grew up with a single mother. I always had a sense of leadership and need of organization at the very start. With a life full of disarray I have always loved to write. I love how you can take a piece of literature and interpret it the way you desire. It gives such a sense of control in any chaotic life. I have quite the love for english. I am in AP English, my school’s newspaper and taking a creative writing class. Some might say I’m crazy. I take HFM 060  Fashion Forecasting: Seeing into the Future course for fall 2015. For any fashion and trend lover this is the class for you. Just after one class I’ve already learned an exceeding amount of information. I have never taken an FIT course before due to the case of protective mothers and their need to think of every possible worst situation out there. But, after begging and a lot of trust, I finally was able to attend.

Ever since I was little I found myself loving fashion. I always knew I wasn’t going to be happy anywhere else. I really can’t imagine myself sitting in a little cube office doing the same thing everyday. I love how the fashion world is constantly changing. From buying every magazine to looking at every fashion blog. I became consumed in this world. I would love to attend FIT and major in Fashion Business Management and hopefully with fingers crossed, work my way up to a fashion director one day.

I  love that I have the opportunity to blog. I have a lot to say and so many ideas. I am very creative. I could bring all aspects to the table. From clothing and fashion advice to the top “in budget” trends easy for anyone’s wallet. I feel this experience will benefit me in all aspects. I want to connect people to this society while I learn myself. It want to challenge myself to become a better writer, it would be a dream to see that I have the ability to teach and inform my experiences to others. I hope people can look at my posts and be inspired themselves.

I hope you learned a little about me and I hope I can get the chance to do what I want to do most!

-Samantha Sosa

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Walter

WalterSincoxGreetings fellow photographers and fashion enthusiasts, my name is Walter and I’m here to blog about the wide world of art. But first, you probably want to know a thing or two about the guy who will be writing these posts. I’m a high school senior from Westfield, NJ and over the past year I have invested a lot of my time taking Precollege courses at FIT, everything from Introduction to Traditional  & Digital Photography to Fashion Forecasting: Seeing into the Future to Sneakerology, but I still make time for other activities. During the week I participate in swimming, boxing, lacrosse and weight lifting. Along with these competitive sports, I pursue my recreational interests of piano, ukulele, soccer, and football as well as career related passions of photography, fashion, and sneaker collecting. I try to use all my activities to create a unified personal aesthetic that I have in my mind. An invaluable piece to that puzzle is a blogging opportunity at FIT (currently taking: HFM 064 The Ins & Outs of Fashion Merchandising and HLD 031 Sneakerology) .
At this point, I’ve only begun my push into many art and physical forms but I want to keep growing. I want to continue developing my work ethic while doing something that I love. An internship in the city, in particular at FIT, would be a dream come true. I have so many things I want to learn and do. When I get older, I want to look back with no regrets, knowing I did as much as I could. I want to experience all aspects of the modern art field; I want to design, direct music videos for underground rappers, use my photography to help charities, advertise clothing or models and work in the garment industry demographic.
While I know not all of this is possible in a single career, what a perfect time to explore and see where these passions can take me. Even if I don’t make a career out of all of these fields, I would still hold them as hobbies because it’s not all about money, it’s about doing what you love with the people and community where you feel welcome.

Now that you can paint a mental image of who I am and what I’m about, I hope you are excited about this blogging experience that we will tackle together.

Thank you for your time everyone, this is Walter, signing off.

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Sarah

Sarah Saul Hello lovely readers,

My mother and father named me Sarah (after my grandmother.) You can call me Sar- everybody does. I would beat around the bush and say I love where I live, but that’s a complete and total lie. I’m growing up in the ever-so-boring Long Island. It’s so clean here on Long Island. When I say clean, I don’t mean as opposed to filthy. It’s just that there’s such a lack of diversity and appreciation of art. NYC’s constant screams of sounds and color take my breath away and are at the core of it’s beauty. Long Islanders are very isolated from that pleasure and extraordinary experience that is NYC. FIT allows outsiders of this precious world to come visit during their Precollege program. I am lucky enough to be one of the many students.

There are so many benefits of this program such as expanding your knowledge on technique, enhancing your experience in the art field and the proximity to Starbucks. Last winter, the coldest winter I have ever encountered, I took JSX 006 Basic Digital Photography: Portraits and JSX 031 Basic Drawing Skills. Photography was at first an epic-failure for me. The poor professor had to take time to teach me how to hold the camera. Then, gradually, I fell in love with capturing nature, emotion and stories. I familiarized myself with the proper way to operate the camera over the past year…it’s an incredible piece of technology . Basic Drawing Skills were anything but basic, I thought I would be signing up for some illustrations of Uggs or perhaps a cell phone or even Nutella, it’s a “basic” drawing class after all. It was much to my dismay that I was informed that we would be drawing 2D and 3D shapes. After many classes 2D and 3D shapes didn’t seem too bad after all. In fact, I was beginning to draw them more and more in my free time.

Over the past year I have taken up an interest in Interior Design (currently enrolled in HID 021: Introduction to Technical Drawing and Spatial Planning). I have gone to incredible exhibits at the Cooper Hewitt. I have also interned at an Interior Design firm for a year which has given me an outlook on how the business operates. If the internship taught me anything at all it was that A) every textile will tell a story and B) Keep your coffee cup FAR away from the samples. Outside of my passion for visual arts, I love Opera. I have been a lover and a singer since the age of 6. My mom and I would have adventures to the MET. At the age of 7 I mostly went for the brownies and to see the chandeliers; only a few years later, the music overtook the brownies.

I aspire to be a graduate of FIT for Interior Design and Business. I long for a Upper-West side apartment with a few special individuals. I hope to pursue my dream at a thriving company. I hope to help out the world environmentally and also, travel the world to help others and see my planet. I believe that blogging for FIT would be a tremendous opportunity to share my love for the arts and writing with the community. It would also be a connection that I would have to other art appreciators who might be my classmates in the near future. Thank you for letting me share :)

-Sarah Saul