Introducing Precollege Blogger: Tiara


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.


Introducing Precollege Blogger: Mikey

Mikey_PrecollegeBlogger_SMSo no matter how difficult this may be it’s definitely one of the more exciting things I’ve had to write about so far.

I guess I should start out simple, Hi there! I guess as you may already know from the title, my name’s Mikey. Although it’s the basics I guess I should mention it all. Ok, so I’m a senior in high school, I’m like super tall, I absolutely love fashion, and I’m one of the spring interns in the Precollege program here at FIT. I guess, you could say that fashion is one of the major key points in my life. I absolutely love personal style and fashion photography.

My goal is to be kinda like Rachel Zoe and Grace Coddington, they’re definitely my role models. I would totally love to be a world-renowned stylist or a fashion maven. I love seeing all sides of the world of fashion, so like for example I’ve styled people, assisted a designer with photography and set design for the launch of her new children’s line. During my free time I do some basic fashion photography (ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!) and I do have some knowledge of design. All that’s left to experience would be writing and modeling, there are other things but I really wanna  just focus on the key points.

So I guess I should move on from that, I absolutely love FIT. It’s definitely one of the schools that I, one hundred percent, want to study in. I actually want to major in Fashion Merchandising, that way I can start my career as a stylist. While working on my career I also want to study Fashion Design, that way I’ll have the business side and the art side under my wing.

So I guess that’s all for now, sorry I’m not the best writer and I don’t really know how to talk about myself, but YEAH! thanks for reading. It’d be cool to hear a little about each of you if you wanna post a comment, maybe we’ll see each other on campus. Hope you have a fantastic day! Bye loves

Instructor Spotlight: Jasmin Zorlu



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.

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!



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 =)