Feels Like Coming Home

KarlieI could not wait to start my precollege classes again. The only thing negative about it was that I wasn’t able to take 2 classes and there are so many choices! I decided on the portfolio class: I plan on applying to FIT this year, so it will really help a lot. I missed the first class, but was more than prepared for the second. The morning was a little rough, getting up so early, packing, and lugging all of my supplies onto the train and then the subway. But I loved being back into my old routine… getting my Venti Awake, and then my bagel from the Hot & Crusty in Grand Central.

The morning went smoother than any other. I have a professor that i’ve had before for Advanced Fashion Art, Professor Giardina. She’s one of my favorites, incredibly nice but still willing to critique your work so you get the most out of the class. I had taken Costume and Couture Rendering over the Summer, which was by far my favorite class and really improved my skills, but I was a little rusty. We started off practicing our croquis, or fashion figures, and my teacher explained our first project. We’re doing the same assignment required to apply to FIT. We’re creating a weekend travel collection, with 2 tops, 2 bottoms, and 1 jacket that should be interchangeable, versatile, and realistic to our customers needs. Like always, ideas swirled through my head.

On our break from class, I went down to the art supply store and grabbed a couple markers. The books there look great and I’m trying to save up for a few. After class, I went to get lunch from my favorite pizza place across the street and then headed home, already excited to get working on my project!


In First Person: My First Day of Class

I had to wake up extra early for the first day of class last week.  I took the 6:40 train at the Ronkonkoma train station rather than my usual 7:40.  I get onto the train and tactfully choose a double-seat so I can spread out my stuff to avoid someone sitting right next to me.  I am wearing a cream and peach H&M blouse, grey skinny jeans, and black combat boots, with my hair in a messy fishtail braid.  On the seat next to me is my new quilted leather Chanel-esque chain bag with a navy, cream, and peach horse-printed scarf tied around the handle, my outdated iPod nano, my FIT Precollege ID hanging from a faux-pearl necklace, a ruffled kitten umbrella, and my fashion-collage folder from the Spring semester.  I suddenly feel anxious and my mind is overflowing with thoughts. I try to not stress out, after all I have done this before and it was the greatest experience of my life.  I put in my headphones and listen to some Animal Collective,  the rest of my trip is a breeze and my worries are gone.

After stopping for a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks on 7th ave, I make my way to my class on the 4th floor of the D building.  I am the second person to arrive, I sit in the second seat at the first table right next to the girl I later find out is Meredith.  Eventually, my friend Christina from ‘The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising’ arrives, I feel so relieved to see a familiar face in an unfamiliar classroom.

Professor Sokoli turned out to be not only one of the coolest teachers I have ever met, but one of the coolest adults in general.  We gossip about the latest season of ANTM, Rachel Zoe’s new line, and share our excitement for the new show Pan Am and how they are going to pull off the 1960s through props and fashion.  We all introduce ourselves and then he goes through our projects for the semester.  We are going to be doing shoots for a pair of shoes with a setting that relates to the design, shape, or color of the shoe; a food setup; a table setup with a plate representing a specific designer; and our final project will be dressing up a mannequin.  I can’t help but to feel SO excited for this class!

By our 11:15 Starbucks break, I made friends with nearly everyone in the class.  We all have so much in common its natural for us to just click with one another.  Thats one of the things I love about FIT,  we are all in that classroom at 9 o’clock on a Saturday morning because we have a uniting love; fashion.  After only one day of Styling of Fashion, Food and Home Products for the Visual Industry, I already know this semester is going to be a great one and I just can’t wait to get a head start on the experience I need to be a fashion stylist.



Introducing New Precollege Blogger – Mary

Hello!  I’m Mary, a 16-year-old FIT Precollege student from Long Island, NY.

I am quite petite, but I have huge dreams that I am determined to accomplish.  My greatest aspiration in life is to be a successful fashion stylist.  I love dressing up myself and my friends and trying out new things, whether they are noted trends or something completely out there and ridiculous.  Taking risks is what I do and it shows through my personal style.  I like to wear clothing from specific eras mixed together unexpectedly; some days you will see me wearing red lipstick, thigh highs, and a floral dress with Dr. Martens, other days I will be wearing liquid leggings, metallic oxfords, with a vintage blouse.  Conformity bores me and my style is always evolving. It is hard to keep up with myself sometimes.  Instead of being an outcast in school for being different, people respect me and often tell me I inspired them to try something new. This makes me feel amazing because I feel one step closer to becoming an influential stylist in the fashion industry.

I am currently taking ‘Styling of Fashion, Food and Home Products for the Visual Industry‘ which is directly related to what I want to do as a career.  I also took ‘The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising‘ this past spring.  The first course I took was very informative in learning the vital terms for the business part of fashion, I advise anyone interested in fashion to take this class reguardless of what specific major you want to pursue.  I learned about every angle of the fashion industry from the primary market to the designers and couture runway to the everyday consumer.

I have taken an interest in fashion my entire life, and this passion has only grown over the years.  In middle school, I realized fashion could be more than just my life, I could make a living out of it.  Since then, I have been doing all that I can to prepare myself to get into FIT, such as spending hours watching documentarys on designers and memorizing designer’s names and signature looks.  I sound pretty serious about all this but I still know how to make time for other things I enjoy such as blogging things that inspire me (stay-g-0-l-d.tumblr.com), film photography, shopping, cooking/baking, reading, graphic design/silk-screening t-shirts, working (at an italian restaurant c:), watching movies, exploring the city, and of course just hanging out with my friends and boyfriend.

I live and breathe fashion and I really feel so fortunate to live only an hour train ride from the most fashionable city in the world. It would be so much easier to sleep in late on Saturday mornings but I love waking up and going to class, it doesn’t feel like a chore like highschool often does.  I also love taking after-class trips with my friends to Buffalo Exchange, lunch at Nooch, and just taking the subway to Soho and St. Marks Place to enjoy the amazing street style.  New York City is a magical place and FIT just adds to its charm.  I hope to use this blog as an outlet to share my inspirations, advice, and experiences at FIT Precollege with those who also attend or are thinking about taking a class in the future.



Introducing New Precollege Blogger – Christian

Fashion is a splash of color on a gloomy day. It can brighten any mood and is just another way to show expression. Fashion is outrageous, outlandish, a bit over the top, but could be extremely simple and elegant. Fashion is poetic. Fashion is simply fantastic.

My name is Christian, I am 17 years old and I am from Long Island, New York. Fashion is my life; it’s an obsession, actually. My favorite types of styles vary, as I love little things from different styles.

I love the dark, romantic, gothic types of clothing, but hate when it gets too intense, or too dark. I love the vintage look, but when they use such boring colors, I get bored of it. I love vibrancy, bright colors, and different constructions in garments.

During the day, I love to critique people I go to school with and analyze what they are wearing, how it was constructed, and what they could have worn to make the outfit look better. As for my own personal style, I love to wear pretty much anything. Lately, I have been dressing more dark and mysterious, but usually I love wearing colors that pop (any color that gives you a headache, I’m sure you’ll see me wearing), skinny jeans are always a must, and usually a darker colored shoe (I don’t want people’s attention to be on my feet, as my other clothes and accessories are much more important). Ever since I was 10 years old, I just KNEW I was going to play a role in the fashion industry, whether it be working for a well known company, creating my own successful brand, or even just becoming a seamstress, I knew I was just meant to be a part of the industry. My passion for the fashion industry is almost as intense as my desire to become a part of the F.I.T. family, and becoming a Precollege blogger is just the first step in the right direction.

F.I.T. is a fantastic institution that all fashion design hopefuls should really try to take advantage of. Other than the great atmosphere, the experienced faculty, and the diversity of its students, you gain tremendous knowledge and experience, which really prepares you for whatever field you are hoping to succeed in. Over the course of the past 3 months, I have enrolled myself in 3 different courses;  Fashion Art for Fashion Designers, Advanced Fashion Art for Fashion Designers (which is the class I’m currently signed up for this fall session), and Intermediate Sewing and Embroidery Design. These courses really helped and continue to help shape me as not only a designer, but as a person. Not only did I meet friends with the same interests as me, but I also got a little taste of what the industry will be like.  One of the biggest reasons I am excited to blog about my experience at F.I.T. is to spread the word about this great institution. Also, as I am one of the only boy Precollege bloggers, I think its fun to show that guys can do it too, since everyone believes fashion is only for girls!

Currently, my goal is to get accepted into F.I.T. and prove to myself that I am exceptional when it comes to fashion design. Although the admission process for F.I.T. is extremely challenging and difficult, I feel like if I get through the process successfully, I’d be able to accomplish anything thrown at me. I hope everyone has enjoyed there experience at F.I.T. thus far, as I know you’re experience will only continue in a positive way.


Introducing New Precollege Blogger – Alexandria

Hey everyone! My name is Alexandria, I’m a first time Precollege student at F.I.T.! I’m very excited to be a part of the Interior Design program this fall, it’s a great way to kick off my senior year! My dream is to pursue a career in interior design (Of course at FIT!) and one day own my a firm.

I live on Staten Island so I’m very lucky to be just a ferry ride away from the school. Some people call Staten Island the “Forgotten Borough” but I love living so close to the city and still having that suburban, small town feel.

Other than furniture, fabrics and spacing some of passions include pageantry, cheerleading and writing. I’ve been doing pageants for about a year now, I’ve competed in Miss New York USA and placed 8th nationally in the Miss Earth United States pageant. I absolutely love writing, it has always been an outlet for me. I was excited to hear that F.I.T. provides Precollege students with a blog to share their experiences. I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and spending my Saturdays in the Design Building. :)