In The Halls: Kassie


Student: Kassie (17) from Avon

Program: Summer Live

Pre-College Courses: Fashion Forecasting

Describe your personal style: Casual and relaxed

Where do you go on your breaks from class? Chill outside and listen to music.

What is your favorite thing about FIT? The teachers are very experienced and they know what they’re talking about.

Who or what inspires you? Rock music and the underground rock scene as a whole. My favorite musicians are Julia Cummings and Clem Creevy, they have great style as well.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college? I want to find a job in the city that lets me travel a lot.


At FIT We Always Kiss and Tell!

About to apply my new favorite delicious plum lipstick!

About to apply my new favorite delicious plum lipstick!

Do you love experimenting with lipstick colors? I do! One day I’m wearing “Gwen Stefani red” and the next I’m applying “Kim Kardashian nude”. Usually I buy a new lip color weekly but not anymore because… now I can make my very own!

This week in the Cosmetics and Fragrance lab we created our own lipstick by melting 28 ml of wax on a hot plate and mixed in 0.1 ml of our favorite dye color as well as 0.1 ml of our favorite flavoring. My partner and I decided to do a chocolate-cherry plum lipstick using purple dye and cherry and chocolate chip flavoring. When finished and mixed to a nice, smooth substance; we poured our mixes into actual lipstick tubes. It came out absolutely AMAZING! It has a beautiful sheer color that matches any look.

What cool things have you created in your precollege class this summer that you’re proud to show off? Share below!

– Sealed with a kiss, Rachel

FIT: Give me “some mor’a” of that Sephora!

Do you think all Sephora stores are the same? I can answer that in a New York minute…NO! On Monday, I had my first FIT class trip to the ultimate modern NYC Sephora store located in the Meatpacking District. This Sephora screamed “urban cool”. The interior design was so unique: black and white tiled walls, a chandelier made of antique perfume bottles, and a wall of fixtures dedicated just to brushes. This location also carries exclusive international cosmetic brands, products and services. After 2 hours of cosmetic bliss, I picked out exactly what I wanted to purchase and paid using the fast mobile checkout system. Lucky for me and my fashion forward classmates,

My classmates outside the Meatpacking District's Sephora location.

My classmates outside the Meatpacking District’s Sephora location.

the day ended with a beauty advisor giving each of us a “goody” bag of fragrances and cosmetics. Now let’s “face” the facts; not every FIT class trip will be to a fabulous Sephora store but for my first trip it was spectacular. Has anyone else experienced a great first pre-college summer field trip?

– Rachel

In The Halls: Joan


Student: Joan (17) from East Northport

Program: Summer Live

Pre-College Courses: Product Development

Describe your personal style: Funky, Floridian grandpa

Where do you go on your breaks from class? Lunch, bathroom.

What is your favorite thing about FIT? Watching.

Who or what inspires you? Pharell Williams, nature.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college? Be happy.


Instructor Spotlight: Jacques Cornell


I started with one photography class in high school after my dad piqued my interest, then practiced & studied photography as a hobby on my own for about 20 years before I realized that it was what I most wanted as a career. I then took night classes part-time for three years and completed a full-time one-year program in photography. After graduating, I worked for several years assisting scores of very talented photographers and building up first my skills and then my business. In 2007 I cofounded event photography company Happening Photos with my good friend and award-winning documentary photographer Steve Hart. I now work primarily as an event & corporate photographer and take on editorial and portrait assignments as well. I have lived part-time in Central Asia for the past two years. My most recent assignment was to document for the US State Department a visit by a US scientific team visiting Kazakhstan to work on an international biodiversity project. 

Professor Cornell currently teaches:
HPH 169 Fundamentals of Digital Photography and Photoshop


Teaching Philosophy:
I think of myself as a consultant and my students as clients. It’s not my class, it’s theirs. I am there to help them accomplish their goals, imagine new ones, and discover the fun and satisfaction of playing with a camera. There’s nothing more inspiring to me as an instructor than someone who really wants to know something. And, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the enthusiasm of a student who’s putting a new skill to use. So, in class I welcome questions, ideas, suggestions, experimentation, and free-ranging conversation.

Rajasthan 002On Precollege Programs:
Regardless of age, there is a joyful sense of exploration in people who are new to photography that is infectious. What’s unique about younger students is the freedom from preconceptions about what a photo “should” be. I see in them an open-minded approach to image making that comes naturally and that veteran photographers work hard later in life to rediscover. It makes me want to go out and make pictures without an agenda, just for the excitement of looking and seeing.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
As cofounder of Happening Photos, I photograph all kinds of events – conferences, performances, weddings – and I enjoy the challenge of problem-solving on-the-fly in new and constantly changing circumstances. I also take on editorial assignments and make travel & landscape photos for publication and exhibition & sale as fine-art prints. My photos of Mt. Washington are in the permanent collection of the Kiyosato Museum in Japan. Others are on the walls of private buyers around the world.


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