Introducing Precollege Blogger: Catherine

LyonsA “Formal” Introduction

       Precollege classes for spring 2014 have begun! For the next few months we’ll all be attending our selected course/courses, hopefully learning a lot, and pursuing our passions.

– Hello, reader! My name is Catherine and I am a spring 2014 Precollege student at FIT. I am 15 years old (16 in about 3 months) and I live in N.Y on Long Island. This past fall I took my first Precollege class, Creating the Fashion Figure. If you don’t know what this class entails it’s essentially the basics of fashion design. This course was a great starting point for me because I was not sure just where my interests in the fashion industry had lay yet. But being the mediocre drawer that I am, that course helped me realize that my interests and talents lay better with the business side of the fashion industry. Now with that positive narrowing of my future in fashion I gained, I start this spring semester enrolled in the course The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising and I am very eager.

          Just like everyone else (I assume) enrolled in a fashion related Precollege course I love fashion and have loved it from a young age. I love everything about fashion, from its history, to just everyday street style, to high fashion, and etc. I love reading fashion magazines, books, and blogs, and watching fashion related movies and documentaries. And I don’t even want to know how many hours I’ve spent scrolling through the ever so important Everything fashion related excites me. I feel like a fashion “nerd” a lot of the time – that’d be the correct term I guess? (If not it very well should be!). But other than fashion (I won’t be deadly specific with this) some other interests and passions of mine I guess are quite typical things like art, music, and film.

          As I said before I am very excited for this Precollege semester. I’ve already been to one class of The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising on March 1st. And so far I feel like this class is really tailored toward my interests in the fashion industry. Of course from the title of the class you can tell we will be learning about merchandising. But we also will be taking trips to The Museum at FIT and to stores around Manhattan. I’m very thrilled to be blogging and sharing this experience because I really feel that by the end of this semester I will have grown and have learned a lot as a person and as a lover of fashion. I hope to share as much as I can, thanks for reading!


Chance or Choice?

This post is dedicated to all of the students going into senior year.

Is our fate determined by chance or choice? 

Personally, I believe it’s determined by choice. The choices I make each and every day contribute to the outcome of my future. But, without the chances I take in life, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Do you believe our fate is determined by chance or choice?

The effort that we all put into our work here, at FIT, is preparing us for our future. The hours that we dedicate to creating our artwork is our choice. These classes that we are taking are preparing us for our future. That’s why we must soak up all of the knowledge we are learning! Seniors, we have to apply the knowledge we have learned to our portfolio. We have to make sure we include some of our best work. What are you thinking of including? How have you been preparing for your portfolio?

I have mixed feelings for week three. It’s my last week here at FIT. What if I never come back? FIT is my dream. It provides everything that I need to be successful later in life. I am so nervous about applying to college in general. Will they like my creations? Am I up to par? What makes me stand out from the rest?

I am channeling all of these feelings into my artwork and creations. I am so determined to make my portfolio the very best it could be. I have hope. If you don’t believe in yourself, then who will?

We must all be sponges this week. Soak up all the information you can. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask your professor. I’ve grown a tremendous amount these past two weeks. I have learned to render some very important fabrics, which is necessary for my portfolio. I have now mastered the industrial sewing machine. I have even learned to use the over lock machine.. It’s my new best friend!!

There will also be a slideshow in the Cafeteria on Monday, July 23rd. It will show all the different majors for FIT and will give tips and information on applying to FIT. Seniors, definitely attend! An Admissions Representative will be there to hand out information and answer your questions!

Good luck to all seniors on applying to colleges!

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door” -Coco Chanel

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The Future

I think there is only one word to describe my junior year of high school: stress. Don’t get me wrong, there are many highlights of junior year such as prom and getting your license, but other than that it’s stressful. It’s stressful in the sense that I have to get my grades to be as good as they can be, and I’m planning for college and my future.

Hopefully….(fingers crossed) I get into FIT! FIT is honestly my dream school….I mean, who wouldn’t want to go here! I plan to apply to Fashion Merchandising major and then after two years, I plan to apply to the Cosmetics & Fragrance Marketing Program. Though FIT is my first choice, I have other colleges in mind to apply to as well.

In the future I would love to be a buyer for a clothing and cosmetics company. I can definitely see myself living in a big city such as NYC or Los Angelos. Where do you see yourself in a few years? Any good fashion colleges I should take a look at?

Until next week
xoxoxo Tori


Time Flies: Submitting My FIT Application Materials

2011 has been such an amazing year for me. This year was a true learning experience: I discovered who I was, figured out what I wanted to do with my life and reached many goals. Applying to colleges is something you prepare for  your whole life, literally. I have worked so hard to get good grades, do extracurriculars and get involved in my community so that I can get into a good college. It felt so unreal that I was finally at this point in my life, it’s starting a new chapter.

So far, my senior year has brought many oppurtunites like FIT’s Precollege Programs. I’m excited that next year I will be starting college but … can’t I just stay in high school forever????? Just thinking about graduating makes me teary eyed. High school has really been amazing and I’m going to miss it.

So far, I have applied to FIT (durr), Parsons, Berkeley and Bridgeport … all for interior design. FIT and Parsons are my first choice. I submitted my essay to FIT a few days ago and it was reaaaalllllyyyy hard. It was like I couldn’t tell them in under 750 words, “PICK ME” and pressing submit was just an emotional mess! But everything is submitted now and if I’m meant to be at FIT then I’ll get in :)

Portfolios? I’m clueless, haven’t even started yet but I’m sure it will be amazing!

No matter what college I go to, I know I will be successful. I have excelled at everything my entire life simply because I work hard and never lose focus. I see myself owning my own design firm in the city. I think everyone should always remember that it is important to do what you love and success will follow.

I can’t wait to start my journey through college and see where life takes me.

Goals, College, & Future Fashion Plans

Hi All,

So, my muslin skirt was graded…I got a C+. Although I normally don’t think that’s a good grade, I thought it was actually pretty generous. My darts weren’t where they were supposed to be and the front darts were reallyyyyyyy messed up. I began the muslin bodice last class and so far so good. (I want to get higher than a C+ :o])

I was super duper excited because after class I went to Buffalo Exchange and found a coat for $11.50! ($11.50!!!!!!) It’s a cropped blue swing jacket with big black buttons that looks like it’s from the 1960s. I was shocked when the tag read Forever 21.

I want to be a designer or a stylist, possible a buyer. I don’t know if a buyer is too corporate for me though. I don’t wait to wear a suit. That’s so not me. A designer is my dream job. But I need to become a master sewer. The idea that you can get paid to create your dream wardrobe really appeals to me. A stylist is also a great career, but it’s mostly freelance. I don’t feel comfortable not being financially stable. I would like to work for a company if I were a stylist unless I get a strong core base of clients.


designer: have an apartment in NYC, get noticed, work really hard to get to show at Fashion Week

stylist: have an apartment in NYC, have a few repeat clients, begin to have relationships with designers

buyer: have an apartment in NYC, no longer an associate byer

*10 YEARS*

designer: have successfully showed at Fashion Week

stylist: established relationships with designers, becoming more well known (this takes time…)

buyer: buyer for women’s apparel for top department store such as Saks or Bloomingdale’s

*20 YEARS*

designer: top designer, regularly shows at Fashion Week every season ($$$)

stylist: high profile clients and established relationships with PR/designers

buyer: head buyer for top department store

My dream college is FIT. I think I will major in Fashion Design or Fashion Merchandising. I definitely need to take a business class to see if that side of the industry interests me. I also want to know how to draw different poses and get even better. What are your plans?