In The Halls: Juliet & Lucas

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Student: Juliet (16) from NYC (left)

Program: Saturday/Sunday live

Pre-College Courses: Hem Sewing

Describe your personal style:  It depends on the day. Some days I love clean elegance. Others it’s dark and flowy. But I have always loved all black with a pop of color.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
 Either Starbucks or I wander the halls.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
 It’s very hands on. There’s no micro managing and I’m free to express my personal style.

Who or what inspires you?
 Alexander McQueen, food, different patterns I see around, friends, music, anime, nature

What do you want to do after you graduate from college? I’m not really sure yet. I’m interested in alot of different things but fashion is either #1 or #2 on my list.

 

Student: Lucas (16) from Queens, NY (right)

Program: Saturday/Sunday live

Precollege Courses: Creating the Fashion Figure

Describe your personal style: Most of time, I would describe it as “comfy-chic” but when I dress to impress, I would say I have an urban/indie style.

Where do you go on your breaks from class? Usually I stay inside and work on my design. Sometimes I do run across the street to buy some supplies.

What is your favorite thing about FIT? I love the fact that you can walk around the halls, and there is inspiration and creativity all around you.

Who or what inspires you? Culture inspires me. I’m fascinated by different cultures and their traditions/beliefs.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college? My end goal is to possibly work for the Human Rights Council, but before that, I want to be able to wake up every morning, and be enthusiastic about my job.

~Mikey

In The Halls: Cecelia

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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.

~Mikey

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Elizabeth

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Hey! I’m Liz and I’m a junior in high school who’s currently “struggling” between SAT’s and FIT. The “struggle” is completely worth it, I might add. Considering this is my first post, I find it necessary for you to know at least these very fine key details about me: starting with the fact that my entire life has revolved around fashion since approximately the fourth grade. Starting off as a shy, pudgy girl with bangs and braces, I was enrolled in a fashion class for god-knows-what reason. And yet it was the best thing to ever happen to me, sitting down next to this wonderful instructor and being taught how to draw my first croquis. In tenth grade I took the train for the very first time by myself into the city to start a pre-college course at FIT. I remember it was a business course. I also remember that I was more excited to design the website and clothes for my imaginary business than I was to actually run my imaginary business. At the beginning of eleventh grade I took a course in the fall on magazine design. I’d always been interested in photography and journalism so I used this opportunity to feature my own pictures and articles in my magazine. During this time I started seeing clothing, entertainment, art, music all the things I love, as things I could capture through my work. Whether it’s through writing, photography, sketching, or even doodling on all of my Chemistry notes (true story), the thing that brings all of my interests together is my desire to create and admire other people’s creations.

My inspiration comes from young women in the industry like Tavi Gevinson, creator of “Rookie Mag”. I am also an avid reader of Leandra Medine’s “Man Repeller”, the very reason why I bought white jelly platforms and will forever be trying to pull off any form of turtle necks and overalls. Olivia Bee photography and Gia and Sofia Coppola films such as “Palo Alto” and “The Virgin Suicides” really get me in that dreamy, ethereal teen-angst zone that pretty much fuel my ideas for photos and art.

Part of my fashion dedication also goes towards working at a local clothing store- which involves way less glamourous things than I wish it did. The things that I do love about it, however, like successfully styling a costumer and seeing their face light up at their reflection in the mirror, are what make it all worthwhile. The discount also helps with my proclivity towards bank-breaking clothes and all.

During my spring semester at FIT I am taking “Creating the Fashion Figure Level 1” to experiment more in clothing design and sketching. On the other hand I am also taking AP Photography at school and plan on officially mastering the dark room development process WITHOUT permanently damaging at least one film strip per try. I think I may just get there.

~Liz

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Emerson

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Hi! My name is Emerson Kobak and I am in ninth grade. I am 14 years old and I am taking two classes at FIT. My experience here so far has been amazing. My teachers are great. My school does not offer any fashion related courses, so making an hour and a half journey from Connecticut to the Big Apple is like heaven. I look forward to my week ending and being able to be in a classroom of people that I can connect with due to our similar interests. It’s nothing I have ever experienced before because there are very few students at school who are interested in the same things as me. I am currently taking Sewing for Fashion Designers and Creating the Fashion Figure.

I am very passionate about fashion, sewing, fashion designing and fashion illustration. I have been sewing since I was 6 years old. My grandma taught me how to hand sew, and then I taught myself how to sew on the machine. When I was about 8 years old, I started my own business. It was called LOXO (lots of hugs and kisses). I made pillows, phone cases, recorder cases, and more items made from fleece. I sold my things at people’s houses and selling booths at “shows.” I loved doing this. My first big project I made was my Bat Mitzvah dress. My Bat Mitzvah theme was fashion, and I made and drew many of the decorations. The dress took a lot of mess ups and time to make, but I was very happy with the outcome!

I currently help make the costumes for my school theater program. I go every day after school. This has been a fabulous experience! Instead of finishing my day of school and going to play a sport, like most students, I get to do what I love every day! The last play that was done was Hello Dolly and we just finished Sweeney Todd.

I love expressing myself through my style everyday at school. I always make unique fashion choices, and do not worry about what everyone else is wearing. I do sometimes get looks in the hallway for dressing differently, but I only dress for myself. I love dressing up. One day I came to a realization: why hide myself of what I really want to be and what I want to wear, just to fit in, and not stand out? I realized I want to stand out. I love fashion, so I decided to go against the norm and be myself. I also love making my own clothing to introduce different clothes to my wardrobe! (I made the skirt I am wearing in the photo)

I have just recently started blogging. I’d always wanted to start a fashion blog to share my ideas and outfits with others. I take photos of my outfits in the morning when I think they are “photo worthy”,  so I thought: why not have a place to put all of them? I love blogging because I like to use my voice as I write to show the world (or the few people who may actually read my blog;)) who I am. (emersonisa.weebly.com)

Thanks for reading!!:):)

~Em

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Kaela

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Hi everyone! My name is Kaela and I am 14 years old. Growing up in a relatively small town in Connecticut, I’ve found that everyone has a passion, and whether you are a sports fanatic or a theater kid, you have to figure out what your own passion is. When I was in first grade I found mine. I have always been interested in anything that is even remotely related to the large world of fashion: the culture, the construction, and especially the design.

It started with my incredibly influential math tutor, Nancy. Nancy, a devoted grandmother who loved children and quilting, always had an exquisite new pattern neatly placed on the floor of her office. I was too shy to ask about it so I just admired the great work of art from a far. After weeks of my some-what-secret admiration, I asked her about her hobby. We would talk for hours about the experiences she’s had and the pieces she’s made and with every story, I wanted even more to learn the amazing skill of sewing. One day, Nancy was extra ebullient as I walked up the long pathway leading to her home. She ushered me inside and explained there was a “special surprise” waiting for me in the office. I eagerly walked up the spiral staircase leading to my surprise and, to my amazement, Nancy presented her own sewing machine. She told me her plan to give me the beautiful Singer ever since she caught me marveling at her quilts. Nancy told me how important it is to find a passion and she encouraged me to pursue it.

This spring, I am taking the “Sewing for Fashion Designers” course here at FIT. My first day of class came with great anticipation of finding my classroom and introducing myself to everyone. This anticipation was silenced after my professor took attendance. She needed to pick up some supplies for us in another classroom and suggested the class learn each other’s names, but after she left, minutes of awkward silence took her place. I decided to open the floor by recommending we play a name game. Dozens of eyes stared at me for a second and I expected a snarky remark like, “that’s stupid” or “go back to kindergarten”, but my suggestion was actually met with kindness. Immediately everyone participated in saying their name, where they are from, and what their favorite tropical fruit was. I was impressed that we could make such a ridiculous game be so amusing. This experience has motivated me to continue taking classes at FIT. Over the summer, I plan to take a four day “The Fabulous World of Fashion Forecasting” workshop, which will help me in my designing.

If there is one thing I could tell you, despite how cliche it might sound, it is to find something you love to do and practice, because no matter how hard it can be at some times, It will definitely be worth it in the end. I am so excited to be here with you and can’t wait to see you next time, bye bye!

~Kaela