Student: Lauren (16) Rockland County, NY
Program: High School Precollege Workshop
HSX 121: Passion for Fashion Styling
Describe your personal style?
I would say my style fluctuates depending on my mood each day. I don’t like to stick to one “Look.” I express how I’m feeling through the outfits I wear.
Where do you go on your breaks from class?
I have only had two classes so far! On my first break from class I went to the pizzeria across the street.
What is your favorite thing about FIT?
My favorite thing has to be all the stylish people here!
Who or what inspires you?
I would have to say my two biggest inspirations are Rihanna and Rita Ora.
What do you want to do after you graduate from college?
After graduating from college, I want to continue to pursue fashion and collaborate with top designers.
My last class in Styling of Fashion, Food and Home Products for the Visual Industry is rapidly approaching. This semester has gone by so fast, it’s unreal. I do not have an official ‘final project’ in my class but we did our mannequin photoshoot this Saturday and next Saturday is the food photoshoot! I am particularly excited for next week because my group is doing sushi, my favorite food and I will get to eat it after the shoot (at 10 in the morning yum haha).
Anyway, for the mannequin photoshoot my group was going for a classy-yet-still-young-and-chic look. Getting to see the mannequin and wig closets in the D building was very cool experience (and a little creepy). Before we were allowed to touch the mannequins we had to learn the etiquette and rules from Professor Sokoli because they are very fragile and very expensive. Our mannequin was the fabulous Erin O’Connor, a model from the 90s. There was so many too choose from but she was the tallest and skinniest, so our clothes would look the best on Erin. Overall I am very pleased with how our pictures came out and it is definately a piece to add to my portfolio.
I am very fortunate to have a family who supports me in everything I choose to do. When I was younger I would change what I wanted to be when I grow up about every week. I wanted to be a ballerina so I started dancing when I was 3; I wanted to be a musician, so my parents let me do orchestra; I wanted to be an actress, so my parents signed me up for theater and acting classes… and so on. I basically did every activity and every sport too.
I started off wanting to be a designer when I was 11 but I realized that there was more opportunities in the industry than just that which helped me to realize that styling was what I was born to do. FIT Precollege classes was actually my sister’s idea. She is in her last year at Parsons The New School for computer graphics modeling and said the Precollege program she took there gave her the skills to have an advantage in college. If it wasn’t for my big sister’s support, all the amazing experiences and knowledge I have gained at FIT for the past year would never have happened. So I really owe everything I have accomplished to this day to my entire family for encouraging me to try new things and strive to be the best that I can be.
One of the things that I love so much about FIT precollege is making new friends. Everyone that I meet at FIT is unique and comes from a different place with a different story. This semester I am lucky to be in a relatively small class, so getting to know everyone was a breeze. Some people from my class are from New Jersey, others Upstate, some from Long Island (like me!), and some are from the city. Going on adventures after class is not always fun when you’re alone (and not smart if you know nothing about the subway), so luckily my new best friends are more than happy to join me for lunch, shopping, and just enjoying the city. It’s also nice that I have so many friends from FIT Precollege because in a year when I hopefully get accepted to FIT, finding a roomate will not be a problem for me. c:
P.S. I’ll get some pictures of my class up here eventually, this week was just crazy because we did our shoe photoshoot.
This Saturday’s class was really fun and encouraged us to be as creative as possible. As mentioned in my second post, my class is doing a project where we have to create a photoshoot setup for a pair of shoes with a background/props inspired by the color, shape, texture etc. I am working with two other people; Megan and Frankie.
After brainstorming for a while, we decided to use Frankie’s brown leather Steve Madden boots. The color and structure of the boots reminded us of hiking in the woods.
We had a few ideas on how to compose our set. We originally wanted to put branches inside the shoes because they resemble tree-trunks, but we decided a moss ground with a branch and pine cone or two would be more clean and less cheesy. Professor Sokoli suggested we put an insect on one of the boots for that final ‘wow-factor’.
Later, we went on a field trip as a class to the Flower District to look for props. There were so many different kinds of mosses to choose from!
We had fun looking around all of the stores on 28th street for inspiration. I became closer friends with Megan and Frankie as well as everyone else in my class on this trip. We all just get along with each other. It’s really great!