Farewell FIT

No exaggeration, my heart hurts knowing that my summer classes at FIT are over. These were easily the most interesting and independent 3 weeks I’ve ever experienced. In class today, we finished up our magazines and presented our final work to each other. I’m so proud of my magazine, but so many of my classmates did an amazing job too! This class definitely opened my eyes to how unique everybody’s ideas are.

The cherry on top of this experience was getting picked to blog about my class. I love reading blogs, but I never thought I’d actually get to write one! I hope you guys enjoyed reading about my experiences as much as I loved talking about them! I truly encourage you to take a class (or two) at FIT; spending time in New York City will change your perspective for the better, and you’ll learn so much about what you’re capable of.

Enjoy your summer, and thanks for sharing these past 3 weeks with me!

Xo, Marisa

P.S.  I attached a bunch of pictures of my final magazine :)

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Putting It All Together…One Page at a Time

The excitement to complete my magazine is definitely starting to kick in! As much as I’m dreading the last day of class, I can’t believe how far along my magazine has come. I never knew I’d be able to make something that looks so professional. Today in class we had a “critique,” which is when we all gather around a table and present what we’ve done so far, and our classmates give us constructive criticism to help improve the magazine. This is such an important part to the class because it helps me improve what I’ve done, and I also love seeing what everyone else has been creating!

One of my favorite pages of my magazine is the Table of Contents. It tells so much about what’s about to be revealed in just one page. Mine still needs a few more adjustments, but here it is so far!

My magazine's table of contents

My magazine’s table of contents

I wanted my magazine to be simple with a lot of white space so that it makes the images the main focus. I can’t wait to show you guys the finished project!

-Marisa

Week 2

I can’t BELIEVE how quickly time flies! I’m already halfway through my experience at FIT, and each day proves to be more exciting than the previous. As I mentioned in my last post, I take the Magazine Design class. Last week, we worked on perfecting our covers. When I say perfecting, I mean perfecting; I can’t count how many times my hand cramped from placing the text and images in the exact location I envisioned. The name of my magazine is STREET, and it is entirely fashion-focused. I’m including outfit ideas for every occasion, and I even incorporated a page dedicated to shoes (I’m a firm believer that they can make or break your outfit). I decided to name it STREET because that is where we express who we are. The street is essentially everybody’s runway, so it’s important that we look our best when we’re walking on it. In class this week, we are moving on to the inside of the magazine; designing the cover was easy compared to this! I have so much appreciation for what goes into creating a magazine now that I am in the process of making my own, but I definitely love the challenge.

– Marisa

Options for my magazine cover

Options for my magazine cover

Pages dedicated to shoes

Pages dedicated to shoes

A Visit to FIT’s Museum

I’ve never met anyone who hasn’t loved a good leather jacket. For my Fashion Forecasting class, we got a chance to not only see the Beyond Rebellion Exhibit, but also to get a guided tour of it. In case you’d like to see the exhibit, it’s free and it’s closing on April 5th (which is my 18th birthday btw, but whatever, no big deal).

P89.29.1_20131007_700The leather jacket has been a staple for decades, ever since it was invented by Schott NYC in the early 1900s. Jackets from labels such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent, and Rick Owens are featured in the exhibit.image

When I got home, I checked my leather jacket, to see that the leather jacket my mother had handed down to me is actually by Schott NYC! These jackets cost around hundreds of dollars now! And it isn’t your typical leather jacket; it’s a WW1 aviator’s jacket! I feel like I have a little piece of history.

We also got a chance to visit the Trend-ology Exhibit. I saw clothing from the 18th century all the way until present time. I love learning about fashion throughout history and how it has evolved and changed with the times. My favorite was a blush pink gown by Ralph Rucci. The darts were sewn so strategically; they all had a specific purpose. The color and design was minimalist, yet it was still stunning.image

Two weeks ago, for my Fashion Merchandising class, we also got a chance to learn about fashion through history. We got a private lesson about not only how fashion has changed throughout time, but also what fashion says about certain time period.  We learned about what hemlines reveal about the women’s rights movement and how synthetic fibers changed fashion. I got a chance to be just a mere foot away from some of the fashion “game changers”, like a Mario Fortuny silk pleated gown, to a Chanel bouclé tweed suit to a printed Oscar de la Renta shift dress. We also learned about the history of couture. P1000035

I had never given much thought to what pants and hemlines reveal about gender equality, but it was very interesting. I had always known that fashion changes with time, but I had never realized what trends and clothes reveal about a time period. It backed up my belief that fashion is not just about the way you look.

Have you gone to FIT’s Museum?

Until next time,

Arielle

Student Work: HSX 022 Portraits for Portfolios

Check out some of these student drawings from our Summer Workshop!

This work comes from HSX 022 Portraits for Portfolios

Course Description:

Used in producing television commercials, film credits, and web animations, Adobe After-Effects is software used by industry to create two-dimensional animations. Students will produce their own 30 second animations, text animations, and several other projects that may be viewed on any computer and used for portfolio submissions. Basic Adobe Photoshop knowledge required.

Major: Fine Arts

By Cheryl Neiman

By Lauren Costanza