Nervous stomachs are natural when beginning a new summer program. New people you have never met before, camp counselors, and disgusting lunches. But FIT’s Precollege Program is nothing like this.
During the hot summer, frigid winter, and beautiful spring, FIT offers many classes to middle school students and high school students in such subjects as merchandising, drawing from inspiration, photography, red carpet design, etc. Everyone in the Summer Program is admirable. All the students have one thing in common: they worship fashion. This past summer, I took photography and Red Carpet design.
Over the past two years at FIT, I have never found a professor I didn’t like. The professors are responsible and enjoyable. Some professors at FIT went to there in college and work there now. The professors teach you a lot over a four day week.
In photography class, our professor gave us an assignment and we had to go outside with our classmates. First we learned how to use reflectors which reflect the light to brighten or add glow to the object we are taking pictures of (which could be objects that meant something to us or pictures of ourselves).
Also in photography we learned how to “paint with light.” We turned all the lights out and we changed the settings on our cameras and we took our flash lights and drew with them in front of the lens.
In Red Carpet Design, we talked about fabrics such as chiffon, silk and etc. The professor gave us models we could trace so it would be easier to draw. He taught us to draw ruffles with color and we learned to use sparkles. We had to create a dress and add sparkles and ruffles to our masterpiece. Red Carpet Design had variety of ages from 10-14 and we have different types of style. Most girls made ball gowns for the red carpet other drew casual look, which made it easier for the professor so he didn’t have to look at ball gown after ball gown. In class four girls and I had a project runway game and we had different themes like gothic ball gowns and Disney ball gowns and 80’s themed ball gowns. I won the Disney round for my Little Mermaid dress.
FIT’s Precollege Program was enjoyable and helps with drawing as well as photography skills. FIT is not like other Summers Programs; you won’t get nervous because all the students have one thing in common: We all worship fashion.
I hope this story will inspire and motivate young students to pursue their dreams no matter what obstacles may interfere with their goals. My story began with moving to the big city at 15 to pursue fashion design. Living in the suburbs of Virginia, I always hoped to live in New York City where my dreams could become a reality. The Fashion Institute of Technology was my first choice for college because of their fashion design program. I knew what I had to do to get accepted, and what was required for the portfolio. Not knowing anything about patternmaking, draping, and fashion illustration, I enrolled into the High School of Fashion Industries to give me the foundation and knowledge to do my portfolio for FIT. There I was able to learn basic skills from patternmaking to draping while continuing with my other academic classes.
I found out about FIT’s Precollege Programs through their tremendously in depth information on their website and took my first two classes HAP 153: Intermediate Sewing and Embroidery Design and HPM 067: Manual Patternmaking and Sewing. There I constructed and executed garments that will later be presented and shown at my in person interview for FIT. The remarkable feeling of fully accomplishing a basic skirt and denim jacket is the most rewarding feeling an aspiring fashion design student can have. The only problem was fashion illustration. Thankfully, I enrolled in all the HAR 016: Fashion Art for Fashion Designers courses and the HAR 089: Fashion Design Portfolio class. I not only learned how to sketch, but I learned how to render and develop my own unique way. In the Portfolio class was where I developed all my fashion illustrations and even got inspired to design from the Daphne Guinness exhibit at the FIT museum.
After the in-person interview, it was waiting time. Waiting for that one piece of paper that can make me light up a room and put a smile on my face. After I received the letter that I was accepted, I realized there was no celebration equivalent enough to satisfy the moment.
I would like every student to feel this way about their portfolios – to be confident in themselves and with all their hard work and dedication. I didn’t have any doubts in my portfolio and I couldn’t have gained that confidence without the help of FIT’s Precollege Programs and professors (especially Professor Vargas).
I hope my story provides evidence that anything is possible. You might be the next one to write a story like this, thanking those who helped you to make your dreams a reality.