“I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful.” -Marilyn Monroe
This quote gave me a whole new perspective on fashion today. Our society today relates success with the amount of money you make. Is it possible to be successful on different terms? Your own terms?
YES. I whole heartedly believe your success is determined by how proud YOU are of what you’ve accomplished.
This morning I was describing to my uncle what I do during my two classes. I think it’s difficult for people (who aren’t very familiar with the fashion industry) to understand what fashion designers do. I told my uncle that we make the pattern for the jacket, cut it out, and sew all the pieces together. He simply just shrugged and said, “Sounds fun.” But when I got home it was a whole different story. I showed my uncle the picture of my almost completed jacket, (I still need to attach buttons, the waistband, the collar, and the cuffs), and he was blown away! He couldn’t believe that I made a jacket with my own two hands. My uncle, gazing at the jacket, said, “I didn’t realize how much work you’ve been doing in your classes.” He was proud of me and I am so proud of myself. I think people are now starting to realize and recognize all the time, hard work, and effort that goes into putting together a simple shirt or jacket. It might not have been, “One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind,” but it was a step in the right direction! And right now… that’s good enough for me.
I hope that you guys are proud of yourselves. It’s not easy coming to FIT (an unfamiliar city for some of you) to pursue your dreams. If you came alone, you had to meet new friends, adapt to a new environment, and still meet your deadlines for your projects. But most importantly, be proud of your work and how much you’ve accomplished over the last three weeks. I bet all of you have improved so much since you’ve arrived at FIT, I know I have. SO BE PROUD!
You’re all wonderful, don’t forget it.
Your Care Tag,
My mom took this photo of my sister and I having tea after shopping at Bergdorf Goodman
I’m very lucky; my family has always been supportive of my fashion dreams. From an early age I looked up to my mom, who has worked for companies like Liz Claiborne and Ralph Lauren, and is now at Michael Kors. I often hear people say that it took them a while to realize fashion could be a real career, but because of my mom, I’ve always known that fashion is an industry and not just something frivolous.
My dad and my sister have also influenced my love for fashion. When I was growing up, my dad was always taking pictures. A few years ago he taught me how to take photos and helped me pick out my first SLR camera, and I’ve been hooked on photography ever since. Without knowledge of the camera, I wouldn’t have been able to start my personal style blog, The Style Child.
Images are such a huge part of fashion. Ad campaigns, magazine editorials, and online content all require skilled lensmen to capture the mood and emotion of a brand or story. My sister has been photographing me for my blog, and she does a great job of capturing exactly what I envision each time we shoot.
My family members have helped and inspire me, and they are reason I’m here at FIT. It was my mom’s idea to sign me up for classes for the past two summers, and I wouldn’t be able to get to the city each day without a ride to the train from my dad. I know not everyone has a family as encouraging as mine, so I’m grateful for everything they do to support me.
Until Next Time,
Since starting the FIT program, my family have been nothing but supportive on me attending the program! Which is nice because I go with ease on going to my classes, and coming home and showing them what I did in class!
But convincing them to be in the program was the hard part. I mean, it is very understandable that ones guardian is gonna be worried on letting their child go off into the biggest city in the world by themselves. But eventually they thought it was a good idea for me to go to a program much like a college course, to experience it young and to learn as much skill as possible!
Every Saturday that goes by, I show my family the artwork I did in class. They tell me they have seen a vast improvement in my art ability, which very much excites me because they imagine what I can do in the near future.
This past Saturday’s session was awesome. Our first activity was pen and ink drawings. I very much enjoy it because you can show as little detail as you like in a dramatic way. Next was using pastels. I absolutely love pastels because they’re so messy (I believe I’m the dirtiest when it comes to pastel in my class) and so colorful! It’s also wonderful to blend. We worked on a portrait-type drawing that was amazing to do.
Ah another week has gone by, till next Saturday! Sayonara!