What do you want to be when you grow up? A question asked to every single person under the age of 22 from their first day of kindergarten to the day they graduate college. I hate it because I think it’s a cop-out from adults who don’t know any other way to relate to kids. Who don’t know what to say or how to act so they try to relate in a way that they can understand. It’s a definition. A way to compartmentalized people into groups. All any of us want is definition. A way to explain everyone and everything.
I personally hate answering it because I feel some sort of commitment. Like after I say what I want to be that that’s it. That’s who I am and what I have to do. For the longest time when someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up the answer was plain and simple: a fashion designer. Now I have begun to change my mind. My definition of myself had changed, lines have been blurred, truths have been lost. My future isn’t so clear anymore. I don’t know what I want. Now my cop-out answer to that cop-out question is fashion designer because that’s simpler than the truth: I don’t know.
After writing this blog I have become interested in fashion journalism. Working for a magazine or some blog sounds like a lot of fun, who knows if in the next ten years there will still be real magazines. I have turned into a thing I used to hate and have become what I thought I didn’t want, but what I realize now was that I didn’t know what I was talking about. I love writing about fashion, I love sharing my ideas with people. I have lost some motivation for sewing and designing but who knows. I have years ahead of me to decide, we all do. Nothing is really permanent. We put so much weight on decisions like college and career because we are afraid of making a mistake. But if we regarded these things with more of an open mind, and remembered that there is always room and time for a second chance, maybe things would be a little easier, and maybe we would all be a little happier.
Last Wednesday, my Precollege class took a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Despite the fact that the subways were the equivalent of a sauna, I had an amazing time.
Finished Inspiration Board
My favorite design by Charles James
The purpose of our field trip was to get inspired by the designer Charles James by looking at some of his work. After looking at many of his beautiful designs we were to design an inspiration board that would help a perfumer to decipher what type of smell we would want our perfume to have. Walking into the costume exhibit to look at some of Charles James’ designs was a little overwhelming. He had so many beautiful and elegant designs I was in love.
After leaving the museum my partner and I decided that since Charles James designed many dark and sophisticated gowns our perfume should have an “elegant nighttime” feel to it. In the end we decided we would have to incorporate amber, lavender and a floral smell to make the perfume have that perfect elegant, girly feel to it.
When we were at the museum I took pictures of my favorite dresses to share with you all and I will also add in a picture of our finished inspiration board.
“In fashion even what seems most fragile must be built on cement” ~ Charles James
Until next time,
Summer in New York City is never very much fun. The hot July sun beats down on the buildings, which in turn absorb the heat and effectively turns the city into an oven. FIT, located in midtown, is in the epicenter of this oven. Midtown is never a very pleasant place to be, with all the people and garbage and just general disparity, but during the summer it becomes something much more sinister. It becomes an unbearable wasteland of tourists and homeless people who are all baking in the oppressive heat. Thankfully, FIT is on a side street and has managed to cull together enough shade to create a nice sitting area for faculty or students or just passers-by. This July has been a little more bearable than the last, I find that I can enjoy myself more when the temperatures stay below 95 degrees.
This summer I am taking advanced sewing and advanced sketching. These classes entail sewing a denim jacket and a t-shirt and rendering many more fabrics and creating my own mini collection, respectively. And although I’m not really one for conversation I do enjoy listening to the people around me and I have found that many of my classmates have come from outside the city. Most from Long Island or New Jersey, but some traveling from as far away as Los Angeles or Paris. I found this to be true last year as well and it surprised me, the amount of people willing to travel thousands of miles just to take a summer class in a pre-college program. Not that FIT isn’t a great school, and not that there aren’t countless reasons to come, but I’m sure that there are local fashion or art schools in some of these areas. FIT has a certain pull for a lot of people. Maybe it’s the sirens of the city calling their names but for a lot of these kids they feel that FIT is the place for them, and are willing to go to great lengths to be in presence of this school. It is a great compliment to the atmosphere and the curriculum and the faculty.
I myself enjoy very much what I am learning and I enjoy being around my professors. I enjoy being in an atmosphere that promotes this kind of artistry. Even though I get a lot of that at school I like being around people who like all the same things as I do. It’s nice to really fit in somewhere.
Hi everyone! For those of you who don’t know me from last semester my name is Nicole. Last semester I took the Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising class and this semester I will be taking the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management class. I am so excited to start a new and exciting adventure at FIT. What I wanted to do with my first blog post of the summer semester is to kind of give some words of advice to people who may be taking a Precollege class for the first time. Here are some of my Do’s and Dont’s for taking a Precollege course at FIT:
- Try to find people in your class who may travel from the same place you do. It’s always fun to have a travel buddy!
- Come prepared and on time. You want to make a good impression!
- Try and make new friends. Although you may be one of the shy kids in your school think of this is a clean slate and let the other people in your class see the real you!
- Try and learn as much as you can. If you really want to have a career in the Fashion Industry try to learn as much as you can so you can have some knowledge to take with you in years to come!
- Grab a cup of coffee at Starbucks before class. Ok, this is of course optional but there is a Starbucks right across from FIT and if you are feeling extra tired one morning BAM Starbucks is there.
- Have fun. Even though you are at FIT to take a class have fun with it and enjoy yourself.
- Be nervous. Most likely everyone is going to be nervous its something new and very different but don’t worry everyone is super nice.
- Be afraid to speak up. The professors love when students are able to bring something new to a discussion in class so don’t be afraid to share your knowledge!
- Turn in assignments late. Turning in assignments late is a major don’t. Your professor is expecting you to be able to do assignments and hand them in a timely fashion so stay on top of things!
- Be afraid to be yourself. This is your time to show your true colors. Being in an environment where everyone shares a common interest is amazing. You will meet so many people and make so many new friends.
I guess what I am trying to say is relax, don’t be nervous and be yourself. I remember my first day of class during the spring semester. I was so ridiculously nervous and now looking back on it I realized I shouldn’t be because it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.
I wish everyone the best of luck this semester!
Until next time,
Well this is goodbye I guess. I don’t really know who I’m saying goodbye to because I’m not sure if anyone reads these posts except for maybe my mom and few of my fellow bloggers. But to be honest, I don’t really care. I did this more for myself than anyone else. It doesn’t matter to me how many people read what I write. I’ve used this as a platform to say what I want. To speak my mind and express thoughts and feelings about fashion and the world around me through a medium that is appropriate and in an environment that will respect me for what I have to say, because I have a lot to say.
I spent most of my time here writing in metaphors about New York and my observations and my loves and what I think it true. The truth can be very subjective at times. There’s your truth, then there’s someone else’s truth, and then there’s the truth. All different based on who you are and where you come from and what your agenda is. I truly enjoyed every minute of this. Writing this blog is what I enjoyed most about my time at FIT this Spring. I still don’t like bloggers, my opinion on that has not changed, but my opinion on myself has.
After writing this I’ve really begun to reconsider what I want to do with my career moving for ward. And while I absolutely do not have to decide now, I do very much enjoy writing and fashion journalism. The fashion world has so many complex layers. It is fluid and open but incredibly ruthless. It is not for everyone. I might even find that it’s not right for me. I don’t know and none of us will ever know until the do or die moment comes, and we see it all presented in front of us, then we will see what it right.
“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go, I’m standing here outside your door, I hate to wake you up to say goodbye, but dawn is breakin’ it’s early morn, the taxi’s waitin’ he’s blowin’ his horn, already I’m so lonesome I could cry.” - John Denver
Thank you very much.