Style Saints

I have to confess something.

Contrary to what kids at my school would believe, my style isn’t as “unique” or “trendy” as they’ve apparently been lead to assume. The fact is, I steal. Every person interested (or not) in fashion can tell you the same: that their style stemmed from somewhere and will probably never fully blossom because they’re too dependent on Pinterest for style life support. When I was in elementary school, my obsession with all things French began. It was pretty random at the time (like my Revolutionary War obsession, weirdo) but I now realize that it was probably the style that attracted me even then. I won’t, however, count out my affinity for bread, cheese, and looking vaguely annoyed all the time as factors. Taking fashion journalism at FIT has confirmed by belief that fashion writers have the best jobs ever, because they write about people who inspire them for a living. Here’s a collection of just a few of the people and characters that have inspired my style and continue to make me blow my money on an excessive amount of striped shirts.,2000/QmuaSX1NRZGGcVJr/img.jpg

Might as well start at the top. Alexa Chung, in my eyes, can do no wrong. Not only was she one of about 3 people who looked good in the 2000s, but her style consistently improves what seems like every day. Writer/model/presenter, Alexa owns the slash game. Ever want to feel super boring? Look at her Instagram page. Every picture is just as stylish and cool as you would expect it to be. It’s impossible to choose just one Chung outfit to display so I’ve opted for this one where she’s probably taking the best photo you’ve ever seen.

Before there was Chung, there was Birkin. French yé-yé in the 60s is probably one of the best things to ever happen to fashion (note Francoise Hardy, Anna Karina, Brigitte Bardot and all the cool girls who I’m not including but still cry over). No one wears jeans and converse like Jane and no one ever will. The world’s most famous bag is named after her and she makes wicker baskets look cool (currently hunting for one this summer, hope it works out). She has inspired the likes of Jeanne Damas and her daughters, Lou Doillon and Charlotte Gainsbourg, are some of fashion’s favorite girls right now.


This one’s a bit stranger. Man Repeller wrote an article a little while ago about the New Kind of Prep, referencing the Dead Poets Society boys as a source of inspo and I was startled by how much I agreed. Those guys definitely appreciated the value of a Gucci loafer and Ethan Hawke’s character was probably so upset about that desk set present because he was lusting after a new Burberry sweater. Granted, if this wasn’t the 50s they would probably dress like lax bros outside of uniform, but I’m willing to suspend disbelief and appreciate their style up-front.


I watched Camille Rowe’s closet tour for British Vogue and almost cried from the overwhelming desire for everything she owns. I’m sure she’s been the only overall-clad face of Dior and she does it really well. She has the kind of dream collection of vintage shirts and jeans that make you think that high fashion is equivalent to levis and a slogan tee. She too has an affinity for wicker baskets and an enviable instagram feed- I’m sensing a theme here.

And that’s that! Honorable mentions go to Mick Jagger, Jon Snow (in the winter) and Florence Welch. Oh, and Luke Skywalker. Always Luke Skywalker.

Hannah Zwick

Manus x Machina

Processed with VSCO with b1 presetMy last class at FIT was spent the same way Beyoncé spends a Monday- at Vogue’s costume exhibit at The Met! This year’s theme was Manus x Machina, and The Met’s website explains its intent- to “explore how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.” The collection features pieces that date from the early 20th century to present day, each one as extravagant as the next. The early Dior stands out just as much as Iris Van Herpen’s 3-D printed designs. The star piece of the exhibit is the Chanel wedding gown that you’re probably sick of seeing on Instagram, but nonetheless is intricately beautiful enough that it’s projected onto the cathedral-style ceiling. The set of the rest of the exhibit mimicks a church made of mist, or what a character’s dream looks like when it’s really over-exaggerated in movies. The exhibit was made with the intent of proving that the machina needs the manus and vice versa; they are not mutually exclusive. It certainly did its job well, showing that while the contrast between the handmade and machine-made was obvious, quality was never lost.








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Hannah Zwick

Instructor Spotlight: Sue Willis

Willis was born in Chicago and received her MFA from The Tyler School of Art. Her work reflects her deep appreciation for animals and the natural world and the importance of biodiversity to the survival of our planet. She’s exhibited widely, and her current installation project will be exhibited at The New York Public Library this year.


Professor Willis Teaches:

HFA 097 55A      Basic Sculpture


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Prof. Willis is currently working on an installation entitled “The Upper Worlds” for The New York Public Library, mid-Manhattan. Her concept will be installed in the giant display windows on 5th avenue and 40th street, and throughout the library’s installation space “The Corner Room”. The exhibit will consist of habitats of life-sized wildlife sculptures in porcelain and faux fur, and a few human sculptures. The installation will honor the exquisite beauty of life, and is a testimony to the people’s empowerment as a unified force to protect our world.

Teaching Philosophy:

Making art is one of the true joys of my life. I tell students to immerse themselves in the process without fear, and to experience the clay’s supple plasticity and sheer joyfulness in the process of sculpting. Self expression is one of the keynotes of my class and it’s magical to watch their expressiveness emerge. So many students tell me they didn’t realize how much they would love working with clay or how skilled they would become in modeling form! My students’ opinions are very important to me. Often I ask for their feedback on my own artwork concepts, as I feel it’s important that my work communicates to them, and our discourse teaches them how an artist thinks. I care deeply that they feel happy and fulfilled, and it’s thrilling to share one of the greatest joys of my life with my students.

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L’Huffington Post Italia
Oubliette Magazine
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Blogs and digital archives:
Feminist Art Base: Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art
Digital Archive: National 911 Memorial Museum
Artist profile; FIT Art and Design Blog: “White Wolf at Brooklyn Waterfront”

Been There, Done That – Precollege Alum Caitlyn Hansen

My name is Caitlyn Hansen and I attended Precollege Programs while I was a high school student. I would like to share some recent accomplishments of mine and the wonderful opportunities I have had at over my four years at FIT.
In high school I took two Precollege courses at FIT. I took HFS 180 Fabric Styling for Fashion Saturday live class and HSX 121 The Fabulous World of Fashion Forecasting workshop class as well. I am a current senior at FIT majoring in Fashion Merchandising Management with a specialization in Product Development. I have had over eight internships during my time at FIT while maintaining a full course load with a GPA of a 3.6. Some of the internships I have had include working at companies such as Lanvin, Tory Burch, The Doneger Group, Brooks Brothers and more.
I currently hold the position as President of the Merchandising Society at FIT. The Merchandising Society is the oldest and largest club on campus, comprised of over 300 members while have been established in 1961. Our mission is to enhance our members college experience by exposing our members to all facets of the fashion industry.
Most recently, I was awarded the Henry Doneger Endowed Scholarship through the FBM department and The Doneger Group.The Henry Doneger scholarship is named for a former leader in our industry.  Mr. Doneger, founder of The Doneger Group, was one of the industry’s most innovative and influential men.  Mr. Abbey Doneger, the son of Henry, established this scholarship in his memory. The scholarship is awarded to four FBM BS students in the amount of $5,400 for each, and one AAS student in the amount of $3,100 with a minimum of a 3.2 GPA. A choice of two essay topics were given. One being about Generation Z and the other about activewear. Personal scholarship essay was written on the rise of activewear and how it has become an important category in women’s and men’s fashion.
FIT has given me more opportunity’s and experiences than I could have ever imagined. It is a bittersweet feeling to think that I will be leaving behind such an incredible four years of my life, but I am excited to see what the future holds.

Hey! That wasn’t supposed to change!


“Change is inevitable. Change is constant.”
-Benjamin Disraeli (British writer and politician)

I think this quote is legit; it relates to my experiences at FIT so far on many levels. But, before I talk about what has changed, I’d like to share a homework assignment from my class, Life Drawing for Middle School, that I’m proud of with you guys.

First homework assignment.

First homework assignment.

I had to copy this work from a famous artist. It was a master drawing, which is a drawing that is so accurate and complete that the artist barely had to have a model in front of them. Copying objects has always been one of my strengths in art and something I’ve always enjoyed doing. Stay tuned for more drawings to come!

Anyways, I’ve been drawing for quite some time now. I have realized that what really matters is how well you can draw from imagination and not how well you can copy a picture. Well, too bad for me since I sometimes have trouble drawing a human being that has 206 bones and 640 muscles. Yeah, it’s daunting. Speaking about daunting, my teacher Demetrio Belenky, is always telling us that the human body is never concave, but always convex. This means that the organs and bones, etc. inside of you are always pushing out, not caving in. In addition, he says that the human body is the most complex thing for artists to draw. Wow, thanks for building my confidence.

Okay, I’m not trying to be a negative Nancy here, but I’m just very grateful that FIT is helping me develop my skills in imaginative sketching. Visualizing what I want to draw isn’t my problem, nor is thinking or looking like an artist. It’s actually getting what I see down onto the paper, and so far, I can definitely see some improvement. So, I’ve been pushed out of my comfort zone (which is a good thing when it comes to creative work) for a change. Instead of copying mostly 2-D figures, I’m now drawing more complicated and realistic 3-D figures. It’s difficult, but boy is it worth it.

I could go on about my challenges with drawing from imagination, but I think you’d rather see some of my artwork.



Measuring the body for correct proportion.

This was a long pose - 20 minutes.

Long pose – 20 minutes.





Well, see you guys next time, as I continue to change on this fantastic journey!!