In The Halls: Troy


Student: Troy (17) from Franklin, MA

Program: Saturday/Sunday live

Pre-College Courses: Advanced Fashion Design Art

Describe your personal style: Sophisticated with an edge

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
 Hang outside with friends, or go buy supplies for class

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
 The student community

Who or what inspires you?
 I am inspired by Ralph Lauren’s timeless style and Joan Rivers personality

What do you want to do after you graduate from college?
 Start my own brand “Troy Parker”

In The Halls: Cecelia


Student: Cecelia (17) from Rockaway Beach

Program: Saturday/Sunday Live

Pre-College Courses:
Advance Fashion Design

Describe your personal style? My personal style can be described as versatile. I like to change up my look depending on my mood.

Where do you go on your breaks from class? On breaks I like to go to Vivi Bubble and get some bubble tea!

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
 My favorite thing about FIT is being surrounded by others who awe just as passionate about what they do as I am.

Who or what inspires you?
 I am inspired by hard working individuals, who push me to do my very best each day!

What do you want to do after you graduate from College? After I graduate college, I see myself writing for a top fashion magazine.


Time to Say Goodbye: Reflections, Regrets and Advice for Future Students

What a busy weekend I’ve had this spring, driving to New York every Saturday with my mom, who has been so devoted to waking me up at seven in the morning. I definitely could not have experienced Precollege Programs without the help of my mom. By this time, I can reflect about the things I regret and wish had done better over the past several weeks.

  1. Time management. There’s a blog I’ve written that is all about how I control my use of time, or at least attempt to, in the midst of a homework-packed schedule and extracurricular activities for school. Make sure you know what is happening in your life—create a calendar or use a schedule organizer on your phone to keep upcoming events on time. That way, you know when you have time to work on fashion sketching or whatever assignment from class.
  2. Transportation. Unfortunately, and I cringe at this, I never went on the train. I constantly claimed to plan to ride the train this weekend, but it never happened. For me, the problem was that I had other plans that conflicted with the train time schedule. Going to New York by our efficient Prius was definitely not a burden, but the train is much faster.
  3. Commitment. To succeed in the class, whether for designing, marketing, or sewing, put your heart into it! I love fashion and the magical feeling I get when I immerse myself in its world, but in order to apply the most of myself to a sketch I am working on, I need to plan ahead and save time.

These three factors in my experience are correlated, so think about these before you take class, and if it cannot be fit into your schedule, sign up for the summer classes. Don’t let a time problem thwart you from taking a class, especially if it has to do with your passion.

I can’t call myself a New Yorker yet, although I would love to live in the city one day after college. The city exuberates with vibrancy, and I soak up the atmosphere without taking it for granted. Anyone living close enough to commute to New York should take advantage of the proximity, so consider yourself lucky!

I’ll never forget the skills I have acquired and the time I have spent during the span of my two classes from last year and this spring. Thank you, FIT!


Nearing the End of My Spring Semester…

One more class left after today! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go to today’s class or last week’s, but I’m still working on my final project.

Instead of browsing through the FIT museum or a fashion magazine, our task is to choose a non-fashion source such as architecture or interior sculpture for inspiration. I have to make two day-into-evening figures. What to do, what to do! So far, I’ve been looking through the stack of Better Homes and Gardens magazines my mom has and this new website I discovered called “apartment therapy.” I thought it’d be hard to morph the picture of a room into a clothing style, but I’ve been finding success so far, and I’ve written down all my ideas on a Post-it.

I hope to incorporate all that I’ve learned  into the final project. The previous projects were the first time that I had ever had to go to a fabric store, choose swatches, and make a professional display of my fashion figures. Now that I’ve experienced what it takes to make a good mood board and figure display, I really want to try my absolute best on this final project.

Wish me luck!


My Love/Hate Relationship With Being Busy

I submitted my project today! I eventually ended up tweaking my original hot pink dress into a polk-a-dotted, red a-line with a shimmery hemline. I was extremely pleased with my project, especially since I only began last night at 10 P.M. I guess I have strong, solid stamina, because I lasted through the entire night until 5 A.M., when I finally completed all three of my illustrations. I know, I’m crazy.

Here are two of my drawings for my spring collection:


A day dress with flair. Polk-a-dot cotton top.

Day into evening wear. Jumpsuit pants with a lace rib top and light leather jacket.

This is my life. In high school. Except last night was the latest I’ve stayed up until, so that’s a new personal record for me.

With homework day after day, hours of sports, and clubs, I feel overwhelmed maintaining a balance and finding success in all of my activities. I reassure myself, thinking it’s better to be busy than to be loafing around the hosue. After school, I always find myself fighting against the urge to sleep, which will only waste precious working time. Facebook only makes the situation works—I’m not an addict—but once you sign on, there’s almost no turning back, and my body’s sense of time becomes dysfunctional.

April Month Calendar

Marilyn Monroe for the month of April

Add on the pressure of standardized tests and the looming junior-year workload, and I must only be one thing: a teenage robot that lives her life accordingly to her blueprint, that is, my calendar. It hangs on my wall and I constantly update it with any upcoming events and meetings. Lately, I’ve been volunteering often in my community, so my weekends are always filled with something to do.

My fashion class definitely chews up most of my Saturdays, but it is definitely worth the time and effort. I have trouble finding time to practice designing, which happens usually on Friday nights before class, but as long as I use it wisely, I’ll be well on my way through the journey FIT has provided me!