In the Halls: Jordan

Photo by Mahalia

 

Student: Jordan from Nutley, NJ

Program: Saturday Live Spring 2018

Precollege Course: HAR 087 Advanced Design Art Techniques 2

Describe your personal style?

Edgy, Grungy.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?

Starbucks or Prett.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?

I love getting the experience and meeting new people.

Who or what inspires you?

NYC’s diversity.

What do you want to do after you graduate from College?
I hope to be working in the Fashion Industry.

In the Halls: Imani

Photo by Mahalia

Student: Imani from NYC

Program: Saturday Live Spring 2018

Precollege Course: HIL 012 Drawing for Illustration

Describe your personal style?

I would say my personal style is girly, edgy, and fun!

Where do you go on your breaks from class?

I usually go to the vending machines or sometimes continue to work in class.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?

I love the diversity and everyone’s unique style.

Who or what inspires you?

My mom definitely inspires me to do the best that I can do.

What do you want to do after you graduate from College?
I want to launch my own collection and open a store.

Instructor Spotlight: Susanna Moyer

Susanna Moyer is a global leader in the fashion industry as well as an educator. She started her fashion design career in Paris working for Christian Dior then leading the design team at Olivier Lapidus. She returned to the US where she founded her namesake brand selling to Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom’s and 250 specialty stores. Since then, she has lead designs teams at Hickey Freeman, Liz Lange, Sigrid Olsen, Liz Claiborne and Xcel Brands. Susanna received her BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in NYC.

Website: fashionmentorship.com

Professor Moyer teaches:
HSX 085 Designing a Fashion Mini-Collection 
If you are interested in a career in fashion this course will help you explore the process and help you with your preparation to apply to the fashion design program at FIT.

Teaching Philosophy:
I love teaching and mentoring students to help them create their vision and follow their dreams. I am passionate about sharing my experiences with them and giving them the information they need to be successful as a fashion designer in the industry. Knowledge is power and with hard work we can achieve our dreams.

On Precollege Programs:
Teaching Precollege is so rewarding for me because I would have loved to have had the opportunity as a high school student to be exposed to FIT professors and the possibilities in the fashion industry. Precollege classes give students an early start to explore and develop their talents and dreams!

Awards/Publications:
Cotton Incorporated Innovator, IAF World Designer Award.
Work featured in: Italian Vogue, French Vogue, WWD, California Apparel News, Oprah Magazine, Instyle, DNR, Men’s Health, Forbes, and GQ.

Interview with Tim Gunn:

 Work by Susanna Moyer:

Instructor Spotlight: Mary Capozzi

Mary Capozzi has been an instructor at FIT for over 8 years. During her 17 years of experience in the fashion industry, Prof. Capozzi designed children’s clothing, swimwear and denim. She also has a passion for art, particularly fashion illustration and digital illustration.

Prof. Capozzi teaches:
HSX 095 Costume & Couture Rendering

Teaching Philosophy:
My life philosophy, which extends to my teaching, is “seek knowledge from cradle to grave”. I love to learn and impart that knowledge to my students. I appreciate when students are challenged and when they challenge me to grow. Precollege students bring an energy and excitement to the learning environment. I am always completely blown away by the level of creativity and imagination they display in their presentations.

Recent Exhibitions/Work:
SUNY Empire State College Graduate Art Show


Precollege Blogger Kaela’s Back!

Hi Everyone!

My name is Kaela Buggy. I am a high school junior living in a small Connecticut suburb just outside of New York. I have had the privilege to blog for FIT Precollege in past semesters, so it’s so nice to be back! If you want to know an extensive history of my fashion “career” please go back and read “Welcome Back Precollege Blogger: Kaela” and/ or “Introducing Precollege Blogger: Kaela,” but for now, here’s the abridged version:

Growing up in a series of small towns, all very sports-oriented, I struggled to find my place because of the fact that I 1. am the least athletic (and most injury prone) person to ever walk this earth, and 2. I have never really liked playing sports. I played my hand in soccer, basketball, softball (must I go on?), but I never found a sport that nearly matched my passion for the arts. In the first grade I was given my very first sewing machine: an old Singer that kind of smoked when I used it and A L W A Y S needed oiling, but to me, it was perfect. It was this apex moment that catapulted me into my “passion for fashion.”

Since that day I have further developed my skills by taking design and construction classes all over the tri-state area. In the spring of 2015 I started at FIT Precollege in Prof. Middleton’s “Sewing for Fashion designers.” That summer I continued my precollege career with Prof. Levy’s workshop of the “Fabulous World of Fashion Forecasting.” In the fall of 2015 I took Prof. Middleton’s “Intermediate Sewing and Embroidery.” In the spring of 2016 I enrolled in Prof. Beard’s “Patternmaking and Sewing.” I was unable to participate in a summer program this past summer, but I continued in the fall of 2016 with Prof. Cina’s “Creating the Fashion Figure,” and this semester I am taking Prof. Piazza’s “Ins & Outs of Fashion Merchandising.”

In looking at my unofficial precollege transcript, you probably notice that I have taken mainly fashion design and sewing courses and only two business-minded courses. One of the amazing things about Precollege is that it allows you to focus in on what you want to do with your career. I had always dreamed of being a famous fashion designer, the next Marc Jacobs if you will; I wanted to design and create and perfect the most amazing fashion shows. While that very glamorous life style is still appealing, I recognized that another passion of mine is equally important.

I have decided to continue my education focusing on the business side of fashion, in hopes of, one day, opening a store born out of a non-profit where all proceeds go towards fighting human trafficking. While the connection between fashion and social justice may seem foreign to most people, FIT Precollege has helped me to envision what the link could look like in my future, and it can certainly do the same for you! Thanks so much for reading a little bit about me, I’ll talk you all next time!

Best,

Kaela