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

The Importance of Construction in Design

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all have had a great past week! As I turned in my first project (as mentioned in last week’s post), I began to think about how I have grown since my interest in fashion really began.

In the beginning, most of my interest was geared toward the design aspect of fashion. I hadn’t yet fully grasped the concept of producing what I drew, so I just spent hours on end sketching garments that I never thought would leave the pages.

When I began to sew, I started with the basics: stuffed animals, pillows, and mini-purses. I created countless variations of the same basic design before I even began to think about transferring my knowledge of how to sew pillows to the creation of my designs. I soon found myself (poorly) constructing blouses made from curtains and blankets, and wearing them proudly!

As years passed, and I have grown older, my skills have developed more.  I found myself sewing more and more successful pieces, more closely resembling my designs, but I still felt as though there was some sort of disconnect between my, then, abilities and what I thought I was capable of achieving.

In the summer going into my freshman year of high school, I took a two-week long precollege course at a prestigious fashion school, notorious for their incredible design graduates. I went into the program confident in both my construction and design skills, but soon realized that my ability to design far surpassed what I was actually able to make; I knew that I had to develop my construction skills more, but I felt hopeless in terms of how I would do it.

A friend that I met in the course suggested that I try precollege at FIT. She told me that she had found herself in a similar situation where she did not have the skills needed to grow in her design career, but after just one semester at FIT, she felt more confident than ever!

Since starting classes at FIT, I have noticed a HUGE improvement in my construction. FIT does an amazing job teaching the basics, while also helping each and every student find their own style and personal techniques! If I could only leave you with one piece of advice, it would be that in the design world, your ability to make what you design is just as important as the design itself!

I hope you have a great rest of the week and a fabulous start to spring!

~Kaela

Experience Outside of the Classroom

Hi Everyone!

I hope you have had a great past week and a lovely holiday weekend (if you celebrated) full of pastel colors and sweet treats! Even though FIT did not hold precollege classes this past weekend, because they were on break, that did not stop me from practicing the skills that I have learned so far this term, as well as in past semesters!

FullSizeRender (1)At the beginning of the semester, on my first, of many, trip to my favorite fabric store, I stumbled across an absolutely gorgeous light yellow fabric with a white, paisley pattern. I have historically had a deep-rooted love for anything that brings a little sunshine into any situation, so this fabric seemed like a no-brainer. I eagerly went to the makeshift checkout counter made of stacked rolls of exquisite fabrics and snagged three yards of the paisley perfection for my assignment: a simple circle skirt.

I thought about the fabric constantly in the seemingly endless days leading up to that next Saturday; my pure excitement to begin the L.O. N. G. process of pinning was unlike anything I had every experienced before.

I had set a goal for myself to finish the skirt in time for Easter, as the fabric literally could not have been more tastefully festive, and I was actually able to finish with more than enough time! The only problem was, I could not think of a top that was worthy enough to be paired with my new favorite skirt. I made the executive decision to make the trek back up to my favorite store and purchase another yard of the fabric.
As a result of a combination of a crazy week at school, and the copious preparations for my family’s Easter celebration, I was unable to even think about starting my new project until the final hour: Saturday night.

An onlooker might have described the scene as a final, on-the-spot elimination round on Project Runway. Shreds of paper and fabric were strewn across my bedroom floor as I assembled the simple top, but in the end, I was extremely proud of my finished look: the yellow paisley perfection with pastel blue shoes and a corresponding sunhat!

I am SO grateful for the skills that I have been taught and acquired through my time at FIT, and I am sure that every other precollege student would agree! I hope you all have an amazing day and an even better week!

~Kaela