Instructor Spotlight: Josh Tierney

JoshTierneyJosh Tierney is a multidisciplinary designer and creative director. His diverse background and understanding of fashion, styling, visual merchandising, theater, fashion, graphics, interiors, food, and art have provided him with a unique point of view for planning and designing unique events.  Josh has worked on events of all sizes and scope, in venues in the New York area and beyond.  His work has been featured in Biz Bash, the leading event planning news magazine, as well as Edible, the Knot, Brides, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, and Town & Country.  Josh is an FIT alumnus, with degrees in Display & Exhibit Design, and Fabric Styling.

Professor Tierney teaches: HSX 067: Fashionable Affairs: Events Made Easy
Do you love parties? Do you love design?  Whether you’re a socialite or a budding event planner, this course will teach you everything you need to know about the basics of planning and designing a memorable party.  Fun, collaborative, and interactive – you’ll design tabletops, centerpieces, mood boards, and more.  Make your next event unique, stylish and unforgettable using china, glassware, linens, and décor in creative ways. .  Learn the ins and outs of event design from an industry pro.
Register HERE

Teaching Philosophy:
Teaching Precollege is all about exploration; enlightening students to new ways of thinking, and exposing them to possibilities for their future.  My class is all about giving students a taste of event planning and design, and the students’ individual journeys in figuring out what want to know more about.  My goal in teaching Precollege is really to spark passion, and the first step for students defining their passion is figuring out what they really love.  I apply my professional experience, education, and knowledge to teaching the class, calling on real-world industry contacts to share their experiences with the students, providing three-dimensional field trips and lectures.

On Precollege Programs:
Having attended FIT’s Precollege programs myself over a decade ago, I remember the impact the courses had on my life at that time, and how Precollege ultimately set a course for my educational and professional career.  Precollege provided both a creative outlet as well as insights into the fashion and related industries.  I ultimately attended FIT for college.  The class I teach, Fashionable Affairs, meets in the same classroom where I attended Precollege as a 16 year old, and my Precollege instructor, now a colleague, teaches a class across the hall.  The transition from student to instructor has been a surreal experience, but is characteristically unique to the FIT experience.

Industry Experience:
Executive Creative Director at Great Performances

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Instructor Spotlight: Jasmin Zorlu

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DSC_0004Professor Zorlu was born in Germany and raised in the wonderlands of Iceland and Japan, where she developed a fascination for all things modern and minimal.  Her artist mother took her to art museums and galleries all over the world, which led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Art History.  However, in her last year of college in Michigan, she took a theatrical hat design course and became hooked by the sculptural possibilities of the powerful accessory of the HAT. After graduation, she moved to New York City to take more hat making classes at FIT, also earning another degree in Accessory Design.  She’s been designing and making headwear for 20 years, with a brief stint as a corporate footwear designer on the West Coast.


Professor Zorlu teaches: HSX 104 Hang on to Your Hat!
Hats are hot, and now they’re everywhere! Musicians and celebrities know the power of the hat. From royal weddings to award shows, hats are stealing the spotlight! In this class you’ll learn how to make a 1920′s style cloche or fedora hat that perfectly fits you by using the exciting art of ‘Freeform Blocking’. Using steam and your fingers, manipulate a pre-formed woven straw cone on a standard wooden hat form, hand-stitch it, and then trim the hat with your own handmade flowers, cockades or bows from ribbon. All hand-stitching: no sewing machine knowledge required.
Register HERE

Teaching Philosophy:
My teaching philosophy involves showing my students traditional techniques in hatmaking and inspiring them to find new materials and ways of putting shapes together which are fresh and exciting.  Observing the world around them with a keen eye, drawing upon nature, architecture or even people’s hairstyles will help develop their design sensibility.

On Precollege Programs:
Pre-college programs at FIT are a wonderful introduction to the fashion industry and to the resources of the school:  its instructors, culture, facilities, and resources like the museum and library.  FIT has the only certified Millinery Certificate program in the US; the classes I’m teaching are a fun introduction to millinery (hat making and design).

Advice for Students:
Wear your own creations and invent your own style! People will love to get inspired by you.

Industry Experience:

  • Assisted Tracy Watts, James Coviello, Rod Keenan, Patricia Underwood, and 2 people in the theatrical headwear industry.
  • Commissioned by Erykah Badu, the R & B singer
  • Was part of a cooperative clothing boutique in the lower East Side of Manhattan.
  • Designed unique patterned fabric hats for Goorin Brothers which were mass produced and sold in the US, Europe and Japan.
  • Recently, loaned out hats to Lady Gaga for one of her videos and also had my hats shot for a Vogue Italia editorial.

Awards/Publications
Publications: Oyster Magazine (from Australia), WWD, Oprah Magazine, Paper Magazine, Accessories Magazine, The Hat Magazine

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Embrace Your Inner Photographer (1st Week of Classes)

Oh my gosh, one week of FIT classes has gone by, can you believe it? I know I can’t, it seems to be flying by! I knew I was coming into the first day not in the best of ways due to jetlag, but I came with all my energy and most fashionable clothing to give a good impression. While painting has been relaxing, I can’t hide the fact that I’m really enjoying photography.

I’m finally getting the opportunity to use a professional camera, learning the basics, and shooting in the streets of NYC.

Here are some of my favorite shots taken throughout the week. I hope everyone enjoyed their first week of classes as much as I did, and I can’t wait for the next week.LeavesTaxiBikesSpeed

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P.S. If any of you have general questions about college and the application process, don’t be afraid to ask me; I will try my best to help and answer your questions! ^_^

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Chloe

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Taking courses:
HPH 159  Digital Camera Use and Photography for the Beginner

HFA 141 Cityscapes

I am scared. Despite the brave face I’ve put on, I don’t think I’ve ever been more nervous in my life. Change is good and well needed, but keeping up with all the endings and new beginnings going on at the moment is crazy.

Hello everyone, my name is Chloe Tso, and I am a 17 years old girl from Long Island, NY. I’m sorry the intro is very serious, but you should know a lot is in store for me within the next few months. High school has just ended, all my friends are going off on their own paths, and I am going to be a freshman at Binghamton University this September. As you can imagine, a range of emotions and thoughts are racing through my mind. The scheduled life I’ve followed for five years is no more, and the typical “see you next year” doesn’t work anymore. This transitional period of my life is daunting, yet exciting for me.

While I am excited to start the summer program at FIT, to add on to new beginnings, these are the first art classes I’ll be taking since 7th grade. Shocking, I know! For anyone taking the Cityscape and Beginner Photography class, I’m excited to meet you. When I entered high school, I made the difficult decision to put art behind music. Now that I’ve become a decent cello player, I thought it was time to explore my art skills and improve them. I hope to transform the doodles in my notebook and the photos from my Instagram into something more.

The pressures from the start of college will plague my mind, but I’ve decided to enter this program as I will enter college: with an open mind. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know what I want to major in, but I’ve learned to accept and embrace it. The purpose of classes is to experience them firsthand and expose myself to the various fields. I could go off to become a famous photographer, or maybe I’ll decide to go into engineering, but every experience contributes to my future and knowledge. While there is much uncertainty surrounding my future, I know one thing for sure: I am excited for the summer and the FIT program!

 Chloe

FIT Myths vs. Realities

For the most of us, we’ve done our fair amount of research on FIT before we finally arrived at the classes. I know I definitely did mine, especially going a bit past the official FIT site and information and onto testimonies from current students, alumni, and the like. However, after being in the school for almost a week, I’ve found that not all the preconceptions always match up to the truth. So, I’ve debunked some FIT myths just for you. My myth busting didn’t involve many explosions or potentially deadly experiments, so I do encourage you to try this at home (or campus, technically)!

Myth: Everyone dresses like they’re about to walk a runway, everyday.

Reality: It’s true: FIT students do bring it. But that doesn’t mean everyone is dressed and ready to be in the latest issue of Vogue. Plenty of people just like to dress comfortably (after all, some of us have to wake up pretty early to commute to those AM classes), and even those who dress to impress daily take a day off now and then. Plus, the wonderful thing about being in a school such as this is that individuality is admired, especially in the way you dress. Everyone always wants to see something new, so don’t be afraid to wear what you want to wear.

Myth: The fashion girls are super catty.

Reality: This is a common stereotype, but luckily for everyone it is not one that proves true. My magazine design class is filled with people who are also taking fashion courses during the PM sessions and I’ve also gotten the pleasure to get to know. They are some of the most interesting, kind, and thoughtful people I’ve ever met! Don’t let stereotypes get in the way to what could potentially be a lasting friendship.

Myth: I’m interested in art, but not really into fashion. I guess FIT really isn’t the school for me.

Reality: The FIT precollege program offers far more than just fashion classes! Whether you’re into photography, graphic design, drawing, even computer animation, FIT probably has a class that suits your needs. If this thought is what kept you for signing up for this summer, definitely look into the Saturday/Sunday Live (or workshop) classes in the fall or spring. Precollege really is a great place to learn more about your passion, and meet people with similar interests and goals.

Myth: I’m going to have to work really hard at FIT.

Reality: Actually, no, this isn’t a myth. You will definitely have to work hard, and push your limits. If you want to go to a class where you can sit around and not do much, you’ve come to the wrong place. No matter what class you take, you will have to fine tune your skills, get in the zone, and work like never before. However, if you’re taking a class doing the thing you love, then it will never be a chore.

The expectations of anything will never always meet the realities, so don’t rely on them. Instead, keep an open mind and don’t let other people’s thoughts and opinions cloud your own. Do you have your own FIT preconception that turned out to be nothing but a myth? Leave it in the comments below!

Talk to you soon,

Izzy