Family Support: I’m So Fortunate

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.

xoxo,

Mary

My New Besties!

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:

Mary

P.S. I’ll get some pictures of my class up here eventually, this week was just crazy because we did our shoe photoshoot.

A Day with Me at FIT

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!

Mary

In First Person: My First Day of Class

I had to wake up extra early for the first day of class last week.  I took the 6:40 train at the Ronkonkoma train station rather than my usual 7:40.  I get onto the train and tactfully choose a double-seat so I can spread out my stuff to avoid someone sitting right next to me.  I am wearing a cream and peach H&M blouse, grey skinny jeans, and black combat boots, with my hair in a messy fishtail braid.  On the seat next to me is my new quilted leather Chanel-esque chain bag with a navy, cream, and peach horse-printed scarf tied around the handle, my outdated iPod nano, my FIT Precollege ID hanging from a faux-pearl necklace, a ruffled kitten umbrella, and my fashion-collage folder from the Spring semester.  I suddenly feel anxious and my mind is overflowing with thoughts. I try to not stress out, after all I have done this before and it was the greatest experience of my life.  I put in my headphones and listen to some Animal Collective,  the rest of my trip is a breeze and my worries are gone.

After stopping for a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks on 7th ave, I make my way to my class on the 4th floor of the D building.  I am the second person to arrive, I sit in the second seat at the first table right next to the girl I later find out is Meredith.  Eventually, my friend Christina from ‘The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising’ arrives, I feel so relieved to see a familiar face in an unfamiliar classroom.

Professor Sokoli turned out to be not only one of the coolest teachers I have ever met, but one of the coolest adults in general.  We gossip about the latest season of ANTM, Rachel Zoe’s new line, and share our excitement for the new show Pan Am and how they are going to pull off the 1960s through props and fashion.  We all introduce ourselves and then he goes through our projects for the semester.  We are going to be doing shoots for a pair of shoes with a setting that relates to the design, shape, or color of the shoe; a food setup; a table setup with a plate representing a specific designer; and our final project will be dressing up a mannequin.  I can’t help but to feel SO excited for this class!

By our 11:15 Starbucks break, I made friends with nearly everyone in the class.  We all have so much in common its natural for us to just click with one another.  Thats one of the things I love about FIT,  we are all in that classroom at 9 o’clock on a Saturday morning because we have a uniting love; fashion.  After only one day of Styling of Fashion, Food and Home Products for the Visual Industry, I already know this semester is going to be a great one and I just can’t wait to get a head start on the experience I need to be a fashion stylist.

xoxo,

Mary

Introducing New Precollege Blogger – Mary

Hello!  I’m Mary, a 16-year-old FIT Precollege student from Long Island, NY.

I am a petite girl (4’11” with a kids size 13 shoe), but I have huge dreams that I am determined to accomplish.  My greatest aspiration in life is to be a successful fashion stylist.  I love dressing up myself and my friends and trying out new things, whether they are noted trends or something completely out there and ridiculous.  Taking risks is what I do and it shows through my personal style.  I like to wear clothing from specific eras mixed together unexpectedly; some days you will see me wearing red lipstick, thigh highs, and a floral dress with Dr. Martens, other days I will be wearing liquid leggings, metallic oxfords, with a vintage blouse.  Conformity bores me and my style is always evolving. It is hard to keep up with myself sometimes.  Instead of being an outcast in school for being different, people respect me and often tell me I inspired them to try something new. This makes me feel amazing because I feel one step closer to becoming an influential stylist in the fashion industry.

I am currently taking ‘Styling of Fashion, Food and Home Products for the Visual Industry‘ which is directly related to what I want to do as a career.  I also took ‘The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising‘ this past spring.  The first course I took was very informative in learning the vital terms for the business part of fashion, I advise anyone interested in fashion to take this class reguardless of what specific major you want to pursue.  I learned about every angle of the fashion industry from the primary market to the designers and couture runway to the everyday consumer.

I have taken an interest in fashion my entire life, and this passion has only grown over the years.  In middle school, I realized fashion could be more than just my life, I could make a living out of it.  Since then, I have been doing all that I can to prepare myself to get into FIT, such as spending hours watching documentarys on designers and memorizing designer’s names and signature looks.  I sound pretty serious about all this but I still know how to make time for other things I enjoy such as blogging things that inspire me (stay-g-0-l-d.tumblr.com), film photography, shopping, cooking/baking, reading, graphic design/silk-screening t-shirts, working (at an italian restaurant c:), watching movies, exploring the city, and of course just hanging out with my friends and boyfriend.

I live and breathe fashion and I really feel so fortunate to live only an hour train ride from the most fashionable city in the world. It would be so much easier to sleep in late on Saturday mornings but I love waking up and going to class, it doesn’t feel like a chore like highschool often does.  I also love taking after-class trips with my friends to Buffalo Exchange, lunch at Nooch, and just taking the subway to Soho and St. Marks Place to enjoy the amazing street style.  New York City is a magical place and FIT just adds to its charm.  I hope to use this blog as an outlet to share my inspirations, advice, and experiences at FIT Precollege with those who also attend or are thinking about taking a class in the future.

xoxo,

Mary