Introducing Precollege Blogger: Elizabeth

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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.

~Liz

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Emerson

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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. (emersonisa.weebly.com)

Thanks for reading!!:):)

~Em

Spontaneity

Hi everyone! Sometimes the mere idea of jumping into something completely new is more than daunting. Personally, I feel like a plan outlining every detail of a new experience is the only way to be fully prepared; but if I only go by a specific list, how can I really appreciate the surprises?
When I first looked in to the precollege programs at FIT I didn’t know if I was outgoing enough to be a part of a program like it. I have been in design classes before and done camps and played on sports teams, but I always felt shy around new people. On the first day of class at FIT I decided that I would push away my structured plans and not just take the class, but also engage in it. It’s like there were two paths in front of me and one was a path that I knew and felt comfortable navigating and the other was a new path, one that I always wanted to try, but never had the courage to go down.
Since starting classes here, I’ve been more willing to participate in new activities. I generally feel more outgoing and I genuinely think FIT contributed to that. If you were looking at taking a class here I would really urge you to take that jump. It might be exactly what you’ve been looking for. I absolutely understand how intimidating new experiences can be, but when you just stick to your usual schedule and rarely stray from your comfort zone, you could end up overlooking an amazing opportunity. Remember: sometimes the best memories can come from the most unexpected moments! See you soon, bye bye!
~Kaela

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Kaela

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Hi everyone! My name is Kaela and I am 14 years old. Growing up in a relatively small town in Connecticut, I’ve found that everyone has a passion, and whether you are a sports fanatic or a theater kid, you have to figure out what your own passion is. When I was in first grade I found mine. I have always been interested in anything that is even remotely related to the large world of fashion: the culture, the construction, and especially the design.

It started with my incredibly influential math tutor, Nancy. Nancy, a devoted grandmother who loved children and quilting, always had an exquisite new pattern neatly placed on the floor of her office. I was too shy to ask about it so I just admired the great work of art from a far. After weeks of my some-what-secret admiration, I asked her about her hobby. We would talk for hours about the experiences she’s had and the pieces she’s made and with every story, I wanted even more to learn the amazing skill of sewing. One day, Nancy was extra ebullient as I walked up the long pathway leading to her home. She ushered me inside and explained there was a “special surprise” waiting for me in the office. I eagerly walked up the spiral staircase leading to my surprise and, to my amazement, Nancy presented her own sewing machine. She told me her plan to give me the beautiful Singer ever since she caught me marveling at her quilts. Nancy told me how important it is to find a passion and she encouraged me to pursue it.

This spring, I am taking the “Sewing for Fashion Designers” course here at FIT. My first day of class came with great anticipation of finding my classroom and introducing myself to everyone. This anticipation was silenced after my professor took attendance. She needed to pick up some supplies for us in another classroom and suggested the class learn each other’s names, but after she left, minutes of awkward silence took her place. I decided to open the floor by recommending we play a name game. Dozens of eyes stared at me for a second and I expected a snarky remark like, “that’s stupid” or “go back to kindergarten”, but my suggestion was actually met with kindness. Immediately everyone participated in saying their name, where they are from, and what their favorite tropical fruit was. I was impressed that we could make such a ridiculous game be so amusing. This experience has motivated me to continue taking classes at FIT. Over the summer, I plan to take a four day “The Fabulous World of Fashion Forecasting” workshop, which will help me in my designing.

If there is one thing I could tell you, despite how cliche it might sound, it is to find something you love to do and practice, because no matter how hard it can be at some times, It will definitely be worth it in the end. I am so excited to be here with you and can’t wait to see you next time, bye bye!

~Kaela

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Tiara

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Hi!!! I am Tiara Bland and I am a resident of Harlem, New York. Some of the things I love about New York are all of the resources. When you look around, you see the lights, many stores, people with different nationalities. New York is a city full of inspiration and experiences.

One of my favorite experiences living in New York is being able to attend Fashion Industries High School. I am now a sophomore at Fashion Industries. I have learned that Fashion Industries is a school that teaches and prepares you for the real world in the fashion industry. Throughout my hectic school day, I always look forward to my last two periods of fashion construction. I actually enjoy the soothing sound from the motor of the sewing machines. I have already created a pair of shorts, a baby romper, a Peter Pan collar, and a convertible collar. I have also been able to work on corded seams, flat felled seams, french seams, curved seams and many more (phew!! that’s a lot but worth it).

This has influenced me to attend FIT’s Precollege Programs and to take 4 courses. So far I have taken Textile Design, Fashion Trends, Sewing for Fashion Designers, and Introduction to Draping for Fashion Design. The first two classes I listed, I took in the summer of 2012 and really enjoyed them. I made some nice pieces that will come in handy for my portfolio when applying to FIT. The third class I named is very similar to the class I’m taking at Fashion Industries. It is really helping me to improve my sewing technique. And lastly the draping class, I will get a chance to take draping in my junior year at Fashion Industries. However, I wanted to get a head start to get a feel on how to drape.

I have a true passion for fashion, but I have other interests such as dancing and playing 4 instruments (violin, piano, clarinet and the drums). In my free time I love checking and updating Instagram to get what’s new on the latest trends and to see what my friends have been up to. Another social media I enjoy is tumblr. I can stay on tumblr for hours. I choose blogs that are based on urban trends. I am so excited to blog because I’m such an expressive person and English is my favorite subject. I feel the opportunity to blog gives me a chance to spread my thinking and opinions to others. It allows me to express and explain who I truly am and what makes me… Me !!!!

My goals while attending FIT is to learn more of the business side of fashion. I would love to style celebrities such as Chris Brown, Beyoncé, Rhianna, and many more. I want to take over the fashion world and start a line that doesn’t forget anybody. My line will include teenagers (boys and girls), plus size women, regular, petite, men, husky men, and maybe even babies. For plus size, I would create various heights because I understand their struggle to find clothes. I will create clothes that not only fit a woman’s figure, but their personality as well. I want to take a page from Coco Chanel and create a classic look like the black dress that is still worn today. Clothing that has an aesthetic that you can wear to a nice day at work, but still hit the town and strut down Times Square at night. Even for children that attend school who can look sophisticated, but still be comfortable. I really just want to make a difference for many and be free. I am Tiara and one day I will make it BIG.

~Tiara