Instructor Spotlight: Shawn Carter

Shawn Carter_Instructor SpotlightShawn Grain Carter is an Associate Professor. Her career began as an Executive at Bloomingdale’s. In 1986 she launched Bergdorf Goodman’s Home Furnishings Division “The Home on Seven.” Years later she joined Ann Taylor Stores as a Buyer of Dresses, Sportswear, and Accessories until 1991 when she gave birth. Subsequently, she became Merchandising Director at a European luxury brand MCM. Her responsibilities included marketing for Canada, the United States and Japan. In 1997, Macy’s lured her with a promise to launch their website Macy’s.Com. Her responsibilities included Designer Sportswear such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. Professor Carter was selected as a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, England in 2004. Ms. Carter received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. She serves on the Board of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and received the Jack and Jill of America “Distinguished Mother of the Year Award.”

Prof. Carter recently taught:
HFM 064:  The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising
HSX 122: The Secret of Private Branding for Retailers


Teaching Philosophy:
To connect the theory and practice of fashion business and merchandising through critical thinking and case studies that enhances each student’s cognitive, creative and leadership skills. By broadening and deepening the individual’s knowledge and experience, I seek to develop lifelong learners and curators of fashion lifestyles and brands.

PreCollege Programs:
The joy of introducing students to a broad range of art, culture, fashion, and lifestyle branding is evident in the talents, skills, and projects that our wonderful students create.

Industry Experience:
Professor Shawn Grain Carter was recently quoted in the “New York Times” August 30, 2014 article, on the nonwoven fabric tyvek, “No Canvas, No Leather, a Reboot for the Sneaker.” She was also quoted on NPR regarding the diversity of models on the fashion runway.

Farewell Post by Rachel K.

FIT’s Summer of 2015 Pre-College Cosmetics and Fragrance Lab was “da balm!” From going on an amazing Sephora field trip to making cosmetics such as lip balm, perfume, body oil, bar soap and moisturizer- everyday was full of excitement and fun! Not to mention, the numerous great friends I made in the short 3 weeks I was there. Each one of my fabulous FIT classmates were unique and talented in their own way and were a key addition to making my FIT Precollege experience amazing. On top of that, I learned so much important information on the beauty business. Growing up I had always aspired to just be a make-up artist but I knew there had to be something more than that. By taking this class I learned the incredible business opportunities within cosmetics and fragrance field and broadened my knowledge to figure out exactly what I want to do in the future. To any girl or guy looking to learn more about the beauty “biz” while making a ton of friends and studying in one of the greatest fashion cities in the world- you can’t go wrong by taking this summer class! I’m sure glad I did!!

My fierce and fabulous classmates having fun!

My fierce and fabulous classmates and I having fun!

My classmates and I with our professor, Mrs. B!

My classmates and I with our professor, Mrs. B!



My final project- perfume inspiration board!

My final project- perfume inspiration board!

Until next year, FIT…

– Rachel

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Rachel



As July 6th was approaching I started to think I made a terrible mistake. It’s Summer and I want to sleep late, lay on the Jersey beaches and scope out the local music scene at night. Instead I signed up for a 9:30 a.m. Summer class at FIT in NYC. What have I done? What was I thinking? I’m going to be waking up at 6:00 a.m., traveling 3 hours a day on a crowded train and sitting in a boring classroom with the possibility of time consuming homework. Am I crazy? Well, it’s two days into the program and I realize I made the best decision ever ( or as New Yorkers say…eva)! My name is Rachel K. You may see me around campus and recognize me as the girl whose makeup is always “on fleek “. I love to experiment with different colors and looks. I’m commuting from Central New Jersey and taking my first class, The Beauty Business-Art and Science of Cosmetics and Fragrances. I selected this class because I plan (hope) to attend FIT in the Fall of 2016 and eventually earn a BS in Cosmetic and Fragrance Marketing. My class is fabulously fast paced and fun. In the first two days we got a brief overview of the history of Cosmetics and Fragrances and discussed current job opportunities in this exciting industry. In addition, lab work included making body oil and henna. I even started my first project….A poster board depicting six decades of the evolution of eye shadow. The last thing I would call this class is boring! I’m looking forward to learning all I can about the Beauty Industry, making fragrances in the lab and going on “shopping” field trips. Most of all, I’m excited to blog and share my Summer FIT experience with you!

– Rachel

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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Bye! Adiós! Ciao! Au Revoir!

Board for Fashion Forecasting

alice + olivia – Tulle Skirts

Mosque of Paris - Tulle Skirts

Mosque of Paris – Tulle Skirts

Hey Mod Mavens!
I haven’t posted in a while because my two fabulous professors have been keeping me busy with fashion projects. So busy, actually, that I did not even notice three weeks had passed by. Before I started on my Precollege adventure, I looked at three weeks like it was a lifetime. The days flashed by, although in them I earned a lifetime of knowledge and friendship.

Excitement and stress swirl in my stomach when I think of the last day. All final projects are due and friends are flying back home. If it weren’t for the fact that I am staying in the city for another week, I might actually shed a tear. Luckily, I have my stylish assignments to distract me.

In my morning class, Develop an Eye for Styling, we had to create a board for a location photo shoot. I chose the tea garden in the Mosque of Paris with a trend focus on tulle skirts – that is right: tutus. I, fortunately, got to double this board for my afternoon class’ project. In Fashion Forecasting, we were to analyze a future trend. I chose, you guessed it, tulle skirts with a brand focus on alice + olivia.

Once the projects are over and the stress is relieved, I will be left with the reality that this journey is over. The bittersweet ending signifies the start of a new journey: senior year. Hopefully these won’t be my last steps in the halls of FIT.

Thanks for reading!

Xoxo, Chari