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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Last Day of Classes!

Hi Everyone!
Well another great semester at FIT has come to an end and I feel like just yesterday I was sitting down writing my first blog post. It’s crazy to think I’ve completed my second Precollege class. I really enjoyed the class I took this summer. I feel like I got an inside look at what the beauty industry is really all about. All 3 of my professors were so knowledgeable and taught me so many great things.

As the summer begins coming to a close there are definitely both feelings of excitement and nerves about entering into my senior year of high school. This is the year I will begin applying to colleges and FIT is definitely at the top of my list.

The cosmetics and fragrance Precollege course really reminded me how much I love the beauty industry. From making products to learning about marketing I loved every minute of it and I hope to pursue a career in this field in the future.

My friends Marissa, Olivia and I!

My friends Marissa, Olivia and I!

I’m glad that I was able to have an opportunity to attend classes at FIT before applying. Taking these courses really showed me that having a career in the fashion industry is definitely something I want to do. Its been so much fun blogging this semester. I hope everyone enjoyed their classes and has an amazing summer.

Best of luck to everyone!

Nicole

 

This Isn’t Goodbye

I don’t believe in goodbyes, implying an ending and never seeing a person again. I tried my best to update and open a window into my experiences here. I don’t think words could fully describe what I’ve gained from this program. While my future in art seems a bit… limited at the moment, I will always continue to doodle and photograph on my own time on my beloved iPhone. I hope to see everyone again at some point! So to end this post: see you later!

Chloe =)

The End

This is my last post for this session’s blog. These past three weeks went by very quickly. I enjoyed my classes this semester very much. I enjoyed learning new skills. I enjoyed some of the people who I met. I enjoyed my professors. These classes have given me a new motivation for fashion, a new motivation for pushing myself to do better. Who knows what I’ll do when I grow up but what I’ve realized is that at this point it doesn’t really matter. I’m not wasting time by taking these classes because I have all the time in the world. And even if I don’t use these skills in the future, I’m enjoying them now.

I’m sad that it’s over but I know I’ll be back, if not this fall or spring then definitely in the summer.

Thank you, good luck, and good-bye.

Sophia

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