In The Halls: Diana


Student: Diana (16) from Long Island, NY

Program: Saturday/Sunday Live

Pre-College Courses:
Drawing in Adobe Illustrator

Describe your personal style? Punk, Goth, Always Unique!

Where do you go on your breaks from class? I usually hand around outside the classroom in the C-building lobby.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
 Meeting people with the same interests as mine and getting a head start on my future.

Who or what inspires you?
 Seeing other people’s artwork always inspires me, as well as objects in nature.

What do you want to do after you graduate from College? I would love to earn my major in Graphic Arts and go onto doing advertising for bands and musicians.


Introducing Precollege Blogger: Elizabeth


Hey! I’m Liz and I’m a junior in high school who’s currently “struggling” between SAT’s and FIT. The “struggle” is completely worth it, I might add. Considering this is my first post, I find it necessary for you to know at least these very fine key details about me: starting with the fact that my entire life has revolved around fashion since approximately the fourth grade. Starting off as a shy, pudgy girl with bangs and braces, I was enrolled in a fashion class for god-knows-what reason. And yet it was the best thing to ever happen to me, sitting down next to this wonderful instructor and being taught how to draw my first croquis. In tenth grade I took the train for the very first time by myself into the city to start a pre-college course at FIT. I remember it was a business course. I also remember that I was more excited to design the website and clothes for my imaginary business than I was to actually run my imaginary business. At the beginning of eleventh grade I took a course in the fall on magazine design. I’d always been interested in photography and journalism so I used this opportunity to feature my own pictures and articles in my magazine. During this time I started seeing clothing, entertainment, art, music all the things I love, as things I could capture through my work. Whether it’s through writing, photography, sketching, or even doodling on all of my Chemistry notes (true story), the thing that brings all of my interests together is my desire to create and admire other people’s creations.

My inspiration comes from young women in the industry like Tavi Gevinson, creator of “Rookie Mag”. I am also an avid reader of Leandra Medine’s “Man Repeller”, the very reason why I bought white jelly platforms and will forever be trying to pull off any form of turtle necks and overalls. Olivia Bee photography and Gia and Sofia Coppola films such as “Palo Alto” and “The Virgin Suicides” really get me in that dreamy, ethereal teen-angst zone that pretty much fuel my ideas for photos and art.

Part of my fashion dedication also goes towards working at a local clothing store- which involves way less glamourous things than I wish it did. The things that I do love about it, however, like successfully styling a costumer and seeing their face light up at their reflection in the mirror, are what make it all worthwhile. The discount also helps with my proclivity towards bank-breaking clothes and all.

During my spring semester at FIT I am taking “Creating the Fashion Figure Level 1” to experiment more in clothing design and sketching. On the other hand I am also taking AP Photography at school and plan on officially mastering the dark room development process WITHOUT permanently damaging at least one film strip per try. I think I may just get there.


Introducing Precollege Blogger: Emerson


Hi! My name is Emerson Kobak and I am in ninth grade. I am 14 years old and I am taking two classes at FIT. My experience here so far has been amazing. My teachers are great. My school does not offer any fashion related courses, so making an hour and a half journey from Connecticut to the Big Apple is like heaven. I look forward to my week ending and being able to be in a classroom of people that I can connect with due to our similar interests. It’s nothing I have ever experienced before because there are very few students at school who are interested in the same things as me. I am currently taking Sewing for Fashion Designers and Creating the Fashion Figure.

I am very passionate about fashion, sewing, fashion designing and fashion illustration. I have been sewing since I was 6 years old. My grandma taught me how to hand sew, and then I taught myself how to sew on the machine. When I was about 8 years old, I started my own business. It was called LOXO (lots of hugs and kisses). I made pillows, phone cases, recorder cases, and more items made from fleece. I sold my things at people’s houses and selling booths at “shows.” I loved doing this. My first big project I made was my Bat Mitzvah dress. My Bat Mitzvah theme was fashion, and I made and drew many of the decorations. The dress took a lot of mess ups and time to make, but I was very happy with the outcome!

I currently help make the costumes for my school theater program. I go every day after school. This has been a fabulous experience! Instead of finishing my day of school and going to play a sport, like most students, I get to do what I love every day! The last play that was done was Hello Dolly and we just finished Sweeney Todd.

I love expressing myself through my style everyday at school. I always make unique fashion choices, and do not worry about what everyone else is wearing. I do sometimes get looks in the hallway for dressing differently, but I only dress for myself. I love dressing up. One day I came to a realization: why hide myself of what I really want to be and what I want to wear, just to fit in, and not stand out? I realized I want to stand out. I love fashion, so I decided to go against the norm and be myself. I also love making my own clothing to introduce different clothes to my wardrobe! (I made the skirt I am wearing in the photo)

I have just recently started blogging. I’d always wanted to start a fashion blog to share my ideas and outfits with others. I take photos of my outfits in the morning when I think they are “photo worthy”,  so I thought: why not have a place to put all of them? I love blogging because I like to use my voice as I write to show the world (or the few people who may actually read my blog;)) who I am. (

Thanks for reading!!:):)


Congratulations Rene!



Courses taken in Precollege Programs include:
HAP 017 Introduction to Draping for Fashion Design
FHAR 089 Fashion Design Portfolio
HPM 070 Basic Patternmaking and Sewing

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