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 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

Introducing New Precollege Blogger: Lilli

Being a 17 year old with a (slightly unhealthy) passion for fashion, can be quite a challenge when you have lived your entire life in Upstate New York. The small suburb of Loudonville, which consists of popped collars, Vineyard Vines everything and juicy gossip, is what I call home. A $50 Amtrak ticket can buy me a two and a half hour, one-way escape to one of the greatest fashion capitals of the world, New York City. Fashion is my form of self-expression. Clothing can define who you are, where you’re going and what you’re doing. You can learn someone’s story by just looking at how they styled themselves. When I am in New York City, I feel as though I can express my personal style without being judged!

In the past two years, I have been fortunate enough to take 4 Precollege courses at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Two summers ago, I took two classes in the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design department. In HDE 114 Styling of Fashion, Food and Home Products for the Visual Industry, we learned the necessary planning and skills to set up a professional photo shoot using different props such as shoes, mannequins, and dinning ware. HDE 115 In-Store Marketing and Retail Event Planning made me aware of the effectiveness of a store’s layout and how to create a product to draw the consumers attention.

After just one week of classes, I realized my true love for styling. In the spring of 2012, I took HSX 121: Passion for Fashion Styling to better my knowledge of specifically, fashion styling. This past summer, I took HDE 114 Styling of Fashion, Food and Home Products for the Visual Industry with Professor Glenn Sokoli again. His outgoing personality really makes lectures and everyday class work so enjoyable! When I am at FIT, I really feel like I am learning skills that will help me find my place in the fashion industry.

I recently just began my senior year of high school. I have yet to accept the fact that I will be a COLLEGE freshman in less than one short year. I feel as though it was only yesterday when I was in the seventh grade and told myself I would do whatever possible to attend FIT in the fall of 2013. Waking up to catch a 6 am train in order to make it to the city for a 9:30 Precollege course might seem crazy to some people. But for me, it is an opportunity to better my chances of being a part of The Fashion Institute of Technology’s Class of 2017! My passion for fashion has slowly taken over every aspect of my life and I couldn’t be happier.

Fashionably,

Lilli

Introducing New Precollege Blogger: Mai

First and foremost, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Mai Ohana (Pronounced “My” and yes “Ohana” like in Lilo and Stitch). I currently attend The Professional Performing Arts School in the heart of New York City’s Theatre District (right next to Times Square you can only imagine how crowded my subway is in the morning).

I am a born and raised New York City soul, currently occupying and apartment in the West Village. Let me take this time out to say that there is no place else I could ever imagine myself. There is no other venue that would feel quite as home as the city does. Apart from Drama, I am interested in perusing a career as a Graphic Designer. I am particularly interested in Typography.There is just something about language and visual art I find enchanting and Typography is the perfect fusion of the two.

I think the quote that accurately describes how I feel about language comes from the movie Waking Life.

“…But when it gets really interesting, I think is when we use that same system of symbols to communicate all the abstract and intangible things that we’re experiencing. What is “frustration”? Or what is “anger” or “love”? When I say “love” the sound comes out of my mouth and it hits the other person’s ear, travels through this byzantine conduit in their brain through their memories of love or lack of love. And they register what I’m saying and they say yes they understand, but how do I know? Because words are inert. They’re just symbols. They’re dead. You know? And so much of our experience is intangible. So much of what we perceive cannot be expressed. It’s unspeakable. And yet, you know, when we communicate with one another and we feel that we have connected and we think we’re understood I think we have a feeling of almost spiritual communion. And that feeling may be transient, but I think it’s what we live for.”

 

- Kim Krizan

 

To me this quote fully embodies everything I adore and admire about language. I guess that’s also why I’m so interested in blogging. Being able to communicate my experiences and have other people internalize it and take it for what it is, is what is I live for.

As far as classes go, I have taken one other course at FIT: HTS 154: Screen Printing T-Shirts (Although I took the class twice because I loved it so much and Linda Daly has so much to offer, so maybe that counts as two classes?). I am currently enrolled in the HAD 149: Advertising and Graphic Design Portfolio class which I am looking forward to with great anticipation.

Apart from my classes at FIT, I am currently in a new play (so new it isn’t even fully written) titled “A Spare Me” at my school and I participated in the School of Visual Art’s Pre-College summer program (taking classes in graphic design of course!). As for my long(ish) tern goals, I see myself staying in the city for college (AHHH!!) and attending art school in the city as a Graphic Design major. I’m monumentally excited for my classes to get underway.

What I hope to get out of this class is a new understanding and appreciation for graphic design, a few great pieces to put in my portfolio, and to learn a thing or two (or three or four) about the advertising world since it seems to go hand in hand with graphic design. I thank all the people at FIT for this opportunity, and hope everyone takes full advantage of their classes!

Mai