Hi!!! I am Tiara Bland and I am a resident of Harlem, New York. Some of the things I love about New York are all of the resources. When you look around, you see the lights, many stores, people with different nationalities. New York is a city full of inspiration and experiences.
One of my favorite experiences living in New York is being able to attend Fashion Industries High School. I am now a sophomore at Fashion Industries. I have learned that Fashion Industries is a school that teaches and prepares you for the real world in the fashion industry. Throughout my hectic school day, I always look forward to my last two periods of fashion construction. I actually enjoy the soothing sound from the motor of the sewing machines. I have already created a pair of shorts, a baby romper, a Peter Pan collar, and a convertible collar. I have also been able to work on corded seams, flat felled seams, french seams, curved seams and many more (phew!! that’s a lot but worth it).
This has influenced me to attend FIT’s Precollege Programs and to take 4 courses. So far I have taken Textile Design, Fashion Trends, Sewing for Fashion Designers, and Introduction to Draping for Fashion Design. The first two classes I listed, I took in the summer of 2012 and really enjoyed them. I made some nice pieces that will come in handy for my portfolio when applying to FIT. The third class I named is very similar to the class I’m taking at Fashion Industries. It is really helping me to improve my sewing technique. And lastly the draping class, I will get a chance to take draping in my junior year at Fashion Industries. However, I wanted to get a head start to get a feel on how to drape.
I have a true passion for fashion, but I have other interests such as dancing and playing 4 instruments (violin, piano, clarinet and the drums). In my free time I love checking and updating Instagram to get what’s new on the latest trends and to see what my friends have been up to. Another social media I enjoy is tumblr. I can stay on tumblr for hours. I choose blogs that are based on urban trends. I am so excited to blog because I’m such an expressive person and English is my favorite subject. I feel the opportunity to blog gives me a chance to spread my thinking and opinions to others. It allows me to express and explain who I truly am and what makes me… Me !!!!
My goals while attending FIT is to learn more of the business side of fashion. I would love to style celebrities such as Chris Brown, Beyoncé, Rhianna, and many more. I want to take over the fashion world and start a line that doesn’t forget anybody. My line will include teenagers (boys and girls), plus size women, regular, petite, men, husky men, and maybe even babies. For plus size, I would create various heights because I understand their struggle to find clothes. I will create clothes that not only fit a woman’s figure, but their personality as well. I want to take a page from Coco Chanel and create a classic look like the black dress that is still worn today. Clothing that has an aesthetic that you can wear to a nice day at work, but still hit the town and strut down Times Square at night. Even for children that attend school who can look sophisticated, but still be comfortable. I really just want to make a difference for many and be free. I am Tiara and one day I will make it BIG.