The Precollege Dream: Arden

I have high expectations for myself. Very high expectations. I dream to work my way up in retail whether it is starting at Claire’s and ending in Chanel, or Sales to corporate at Saks. I dream to be a top fashion blogger. I dream to work for Vogue and travel the world and learn from each experience. I dream to be invited to NYFW and strut in the most extravagant designer wardrobe. I dream to be personally invited to all kinds of fancy events and talk shows, to be honest, I just have a dream to wash my face twice a day. I have a dream and I dream to fulfill these dreams. I dream to go to FIT and work HARD. I dream to live the fashion dream.

I may come across as being a little dramatic because, well, you are supposed to dream of good health for yourself and your family. Dream of happiness and comfort. But I dream the fashion dream of glory and gratitude. But not to get ahead of myself, taking baby steps one at a time, one by one, starting at FIT, with my Precollege classes.

I have been growing. Each Precollege class I have taken there is a fine line form the first week to the last. My artistic interpretation has grown. My technique has grown. My personal vendetta has grown. I am growing, as a person and at this point in my life it’s all starting to come together. I have been dedicated in applying to Communication Design which has a high demand. So I would say that hard work does pay off, and it has been. Precollege class have been giving me a peek through the keyhole to pinpoint what I enjoy doing the most.

Visual Arts – Portfolio Preparation – AP Art


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Prior to any Precollege classes I started my art journey at my local high school.These classes have been so beneficial towards my success. It has given me the knowledge through trial and error of what media I use the best and ways of improving my drawing technique with practice.

HAD 150: Magazine Design

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I learned the essentials of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. It has definitely taken a lot of time and hard work. I enjoyed it, creating pieces of typography from my notebook to the MacBook.

HFS 182: Developing an Eye for Styling

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Color, texture, flow- in a nutshell.                           

It took some time to get all 3 of those elements in harmony. In the weekly assignment of mood boards, you could see my development of skill from the first week to the last.

HPH 159: Digital Camera Use and Photography for the Beginner 

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The first class I was clueless. I am still learning the balance of taking a good photograph, the shutter speed, aperture, IOS; and that is just the start. This is the current class that I am taking and just being the third week in I can already see a drastic improvement of my skills being applied.

Improvement is essential in life. My improvement gearing to FIT is essential. I dream the Fashion dream along with the dream of good health and prosperity.

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Introducing Precollege Blogger: Kaela

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Hi everyone! My name is Kaela and I am 14 years old. Growing up in a relatively small town in Connecticut, I’ve found that everyone has a passion, and whether you are a sports fanatic or a theater kid, you have to figure out what your own passion is. When I was in first grade I found mine. I have always been interested in anything that is even remotely related to the large world of fashion: the culture, the construction, and especially the design.

It started with my incredibly influential math tutor, Nancy. Nancy, a devoted grandmother who loved children and quilting, always had an exquisite new pattern neatly placed on the floor of her office. I was too shy to ask about it so I just admired the great work of art from a far. After weeks of my some-what-secret admiration, I asked her about her hobby. We would talk for hours about the experiences she’s had and the pieces she’s made and with every story, I wanted even more to learn the amazing skill of sewing. One day, Nancy was extra ebullient as I walked up the long pathway leading to her home. She ushered me inside and explained there was a “special surprise” waiting for me in the office. I eagerly walked up the spiral staircase leading to my surprise and, to my amazement, Nancy presented her own sewing machine. She told me her plan to give me the beautiful Singer ever since she caught me marveling at her quilts. Nancy told me how important it is to find a passion and she encouraged me to pursue it.

This spring, I am taking the “Sewing for Fashion Designers” course here at FIT. My first day of class came with great anticipation of finding my classroom and introducing myself to everyone. This anticipation was silenced after my professor took attendance. She needed to pick up some supplies for us in another classroom and suggested the class learn each other’s names, but after she left, minutes of awkward silence took her place. I decided to open the floor by recommending we play a name game. Dozens of eyes stared at me for a second and I expected a snarky remark like, “that’s stupid” or “go back to kindergarten”, but my suggestion was actually met with kindness. Immediately everyone participated in saying their name, where they are from, and what their favorite tropical fruit was. I was impressed that we could make such a ridiculous game be so amusing. This experience has motivated me to continue taking classes at FIT. Over the summer, I plan to take a four day “The Fabulous World of Fashion Forecasting” workshop, which will help me in my designing.

If there is one thing I could tell you, despite how cliche it might sound, it is to find something you love to do and practice, because no matter how hard it can be at some times, It will definitely be worth it in the end. I am so excited to be here with you and can’t wait to see you next time, bye bye!

~Kaela

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Catherine

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       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 style.com. 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!

Catherine

Re-Introducing Precollege Blogger: Michaela

Hey everyone! It’s Michaela and I’m *back and better than ever* (insert Hess Truck commercial song here). Sorry guys, shake the commercial out of your head and let me introduce myself with a normal introduction, I’m Michaela, a 15 year old sophomore from Springfield, New Jersey who strives to make these Saturdays at FIT her everyday life.

Before I begin my rant,  I would like to welcome everyone of you to yet another one of my journeys at FIT, involving my complicated decision making process of choosing what part of the fashion industry is right for me. I was introduced to NYC at a very young age and always looked forward to going to Manhattan that sparse once or twice a month, additionally Manhattan is the root of where my love for fashion started, so when I discovered Precollege programs at FIT my mind could just not fathom another way to spend my weekends. To me, fashion is more than just “having a good sense of style”. One of my favorite quotes is “fashion is instant language” said by Miuccia Prada. I adore this quote because generally I am a quiet person and I feel like my style says a good deal about me, maybe even more than I could explain myself to somebody. Whether someone is wearing a sweatshirt and jeans or a full out Lady Gaga style outfit you can tell so much about a person from what they’re wearing. Not only does an outfit show a person’s personality but it also shows what kind of mood someone is in that day. Fashion is sincerely amazing in so many ways.

This semester I am taking HFM 064: The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising and HPH 169: Fundamentals of Digital Photography and Photoshop. These are my 4th and 5th classes at FIT, so far I have taken the Mannequin Madness workshop, Fashion Forecasting: Seeing into the Future and Fashion Art for Fashion Designers. Clearly, I sort of like it at this place. As you may now, back in the Spring I was pretty indecisive about what I wanted to pursue in fashion, well at this moment I’m still not positive but I’ve narrowed down quite a bit. At this point I’m down to the Merchandising/marketing/advertising/styling side. Okay, I know that isn’t very specific, but it’ll do for now.

When I’m not at FIT you can find me blogging, reading fashion magazines or anything under my “fashion sites/blogs” tab on my laptop, consisting of over 100 sites, yes, I am that crazy. However, the majority of the time you can find me doing homework and studying, I am a bit fanatic about schoolwork. I know that good grades are just one of many steps for getting into a school like FIT.

Now, I know you are all thinking “Michaela, why would you take a photography class when fashion is basically your life?”. Well the answer to that is since I started my own blog a few months ago (http://thecitycloset.blogspot.com/) I’ve been taking photographs of everything, including daily outfit photos and have become increasingly interested in photography and I thought what better place to learn more about photography than FIT? Thus, my decision to take a photography class was born. I’m really starting to appreciate photography in fashion, my favorite part is how in a photograph you’re able to see the most minute details in a person’s outfit, even stuff you wouldn’t see by glancing at the individual in person. Photos really do tell a lot.

Overall, I cannot wait to start classes again, I’m counting down the days! I’m more than thrilled to dig even more deep into my old found love, fashion and my new found love, photography. Blogging for FIT is such an incredible opportunity that I am delighted to be apart of. Most importantly, I hope you guys gain as much as you can out of my posts, whether it’d be advice for which class to take or a new trick I learned in photoshop. Blogging is such a passion of mine, it’s something that I truly enjoy. And again, I hope you guys enjoy and benefit from every post of mine as much as I enjoy writing them.

Fashionably Truly,

Michaela

Introducing New Precollege Blogger: Emily

I’m Emily and I’m a junior from Rockaway, New York. I’ve taken Saturday classes at FIT since the fall of my freshman year, back in 2010. All in all, I’ve taken Sewing for Fashion Designers, Fashion Design Techniques, Fashion Art for Fashion Designers, Advanced Fashion Design Art Techniques, Junior Special Occasion, and I’m signed up for Anatomy of Fashion this semester. If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m into fashion. But not street fashion, or everyday wear. I love evening gowns, wedding gowns, and prom dresses. If it’s a special occasion which requires a dress, I want to design the dress. I could go on for hours about gowns and fit and fabric… But my goal in life isn’t to design the most beautiful gown or to have the most successful label. It’s to change the way the fashion industry presents physical beauty, and to positively influence the way adolescents see themselves. Whether I do this through my primary passion, special occasion wear, or through any of the numerous hobbies I’ve developed over the years like handmade jewelry or photography, doesn’t matter. The simple fact that social standards of beauty have been changed would be enough for me.

I’ve been making beaded jewelry since I was nine, and have sold to some celebrities. Motivational Speaker Jerry “D’Rhino” Clark purchased a turquoise and pearl necklace for his wife, Marky Ramone, drummer of the rock band The Ramones is a repeat customer of mine, and I’ve sold fashion’s darling Isaac Mizrahi a pair of Swarovski Crystal earrings. Besides that, one of the more interesting facts about me is how I am the proud owner of five chickens.

I love my chickens.

There are so many different types of chickens, and they are so beautiful. The ones I have are twin Bard Plymouth Rock chickens named Marsala and Parmesan, two Easter Egger chickens named Hawkeye and Nugget, and the chillest Aracuna chicken named General Tso. One of my goals is to design a line of gowns inspired by their feathers. Hawkeye has spear-point shaped, off-white feathers with a multi-dimensional black stripe down the center around her neck, and mottled browns and grays over her wings, with eggshell white downy clouds underneath her tail. The twins are covered in black, gray and white striped feathers that have a metallic green sheen on the darkest part. Nugget is the color of a chicken McNugget, with the same little black speckles reminiscent of ground pepper. And General Tso. The General is a hazy day in the woods, small charcoal feathers covering her head, blending into more of a chestnut color down her breast into a body covered with feathers reminiscent of stormy clouds.

I guess what I’m trying to get at is the way I love the little things, the things not noticed at a first glance. That’s what I love about clothes. The little details on a shirt that make it unique. How an interestingly placed seam creates more than visual appeal, it can completely alter the mood a garment creates. The way a well-tailored jacket does more than just act as an essential accessory, it’s a way to exude confidence as you walk down the street. And those are all ideas I will come back to in upcoming posts. I’m really excited to  blog for FIT so I can share all the little things about my adventures in Manhattan after class, stories from class, deals in the fabric district, my thoughts on a particular designer, the concept behind a runway presentation, or even a particular garment. I want to be able to share the world as I see it, where the oft-overlooked, inspiring details are brought to the surface of the imagination.

Emily