New Apparel and Meeting the FIT Community

Hey guys; it’s Liz!
Every Saturday my commute to FIT begins at around twelve when my train arrives. Often times I’ll have to transfer at Jamaica and so I take that time to check out the different styles of everyone on the platform. For a good five minutes or so I become enthralled with the variety of clothes, hair, and makeup that the city has to offer. The train ride itself can be quite lonely, which is why I preoccupy myself with a sketchbook I carry with me on my trips to the city, an idea recommended by my professor. I sketch any idea that comes to mind that I can use for my final clothing line at the end of the spring semester. The city is full of inspiration.

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Something extremely interesting was my first ever trip to the Style Shop! Going through the vintage clothing and the clothes that were created by FIT students, I was able to recognize some of the styles, stitching, and fabrics we had touched upon in class. I ended up buying a black jersey that stated “Fashion Institute, New York” on the back with netting on the arms/shoulders and sleeves, along with a silver necklace. I ended up getting two compliments on the jersey while waiting for my train at Penn Station!11094180_748149801964688_1547988731_n

At the Style Shop I had a conversation with a student who attends FIT currently and we found out we were both from similar areas. She was so friendly and willing to offer advice about the school that I felt even more excited to be attending FIT. Being surrounded by older, supportive students is something I find to be very special about FIT and the opportunity that I have to be studying here.

This past week at FIT I’ve been working on perfecting my croquis. Also in class my instructor focused on drawing pleats and the different styles we can incorporate them into. My professor let us know that next class we have a test that will involve designing an outfit with some sort of fabric design incorporated into it. Wish me luck on my exam!

See you soon,

Liz

Lauren Bacall The Look: Precollege Student Contest Winners!

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Anna Galea – 1st Place Winner

 

Spring 2015: Lauren Bacall: The Look
Lauren Bacall: The Look was the first exhibition to exclusively celebrate the film and theater star’s unique style. Bacall’s own garments took the spotlight in this exhibition, which also explored Bacall’s personal relationships with several of the fashion designers who dressed her. Organized by graduate students in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice MA program, this exhibition examined Bacall’s distinctive style within the context of her modeling, film, and theater careers.
More information on this exhibition

Precollege students were invited to create work inspired by the exhibit as part of a contest. Here are our fabulous winners:

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Anna Galea 1st Place

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Dilara Huryasar 2nd Place

 

In The Halls: Diana

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Student: Diana (16) from Long Island, NY

Program: Saturday/Sunday Live

Pre-College Courses:
Drawing in Adobe Illustrator

Describe your personal style? Punk, Goth, Always Unique!

Where do you go on your breaks from class? I usually hand around outside the classroom in the C-building lobby.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
 Meeting people with the same interests as mine and getting a head start on my future.

Who or what inspires you?
 Seeing other people’s artwork always inspires me, as well as objects in nature.

What do you want to do after you graduate from College? I would love to earn my major in Graphic Arts and go onto doing advertising for bands and musicians.

~Mikey

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