Introducing New Precollege Blogger: Sissi

Hello, I’m Hannah, but I prefer to call myself Sissi. I’m from Brooklyn and have lived here my whole life. A lot of my style and design aesthetic has come from the wonderful and fashionable people who walk the streets where I live.

I have taken a FIT class previously, JSX 50: The Fashion Cycle, and I really think that’s what hit off my love of fashion. I’m super excited to be taking, HAP025: Sewing for Fashion Designers and HAP017: Fashion Design Techniques. I have always had an interest in fashion, reading magazines and loving all types of blogs, but my FIT class really showed me that fashion is so much more, and that I had the capability to do it.

I spent my summer working on the fashion magazine that my friend and I run. It’s called Spirit Fashion and our main inspiration is Rookie magazine. We write about a wide variety of things, but we also feature photo shoots. She arranges, styles, and takes the pictures for these shoots. She wishes to be a fashion photographer and I want to be a designer, so it worked out perfectly that I would design a line and she would shoot it. We only have our first issue out so far, but we’re working on the second. I spend most of my spare time writing, designing, or sewing for Spirit Fashion. It has given me a structure for my designing. Each issue betters my sewing and fabric skills.

I’m not that advanced at sewing yet but I’m teaching myself how to work with leather and more advanced designs. I’m taking my designing slowly so that I can make everything I sketch. For this spring line I designed some leather pants as well as collared shirts in a hard fabric to tailor, and I will be studding. This is less advanced than what I would usually design, but it’s advanced enough for my sewing skills.

I’m homeschooled so I have a lot of free time on my hands. I have the choice to do school in the afternoon instead of morning, so I usually go with that. My days usually consist of school, reading blogs, writing my blog, sewing, writing other stuff, and designing. If I’m in between designing lines I’ll make myself something. Some days I don’t get dressed till 12:00 because I spent all morning sewing my outfit.

My biggest passion could be generally described as fashion. My main goal in designing clothes is to get what I see out there. I see fantastical things in my head and my one goal in life is to make then reality. I don’t know if this will lead to my showing at New York Fashion Week, as I have other things to worry about. I like to focus on making my art as high quality as possible, as I do in everything. I’m a little bit of a perfectionist but that comes in handy.

I have always loved reading blogs. I think it’s a great place to document your life, plus your inspiration. I have had a blog for around a year and when I look back to my early posts I remember who I was then. I feel like I want my work, which is a mixture of grunge and fairytale, to hold the line between modern and nostalgia fora childhood. Blogging has allowed me to explore myself and my personal style. Even though I spend some days in a t-shirt and sweatpants for sewing purposes, I still like styling when I can, and I can pretty often.   

I have so many goals in my life that I don’t really know where I should start. I have short term goals, such as finishing this issue of Spirit Fashion, doing well in school, and designing the fall line. Then I also have some longer term goals such as getting a job, going abroad for a bit, and maybe starting up an online store. I want to go to FIT for college and even though I work on my portfolio daily, I still work hard to better myself so I can get in. I guess my ultimate goal is to have a successful store where I make enough money to donate some to charity. I want to make people happy when they wear or see my work. So I guess my all time goal is to make people smile. I work to wow.


Introducing New Precollege Blogger: Brandon

Bonjour blog readers! I’ll be your Precollege Programs blogger for the Summer 2012 semester! I apologize in advance for this novel that you’re about to read, but I assure you that the rest of my posts won’t be nearly as long as this one. With that said, let’s begin! For those who don’t know me, (which is most of you), my name is Brandon and I live in Long Island, New York. For those of you who do know me, my name is still Brandon and I still reside in Long Island, New York.

I’m an incoming Junior in high school with interests in fashion, photography and art. I guess you can say I’m very cliché, artsy kid from New York, but I’ll tell you that I’m quite unique so I dare you to find a cliché, artsy kid from New York like me. This summer I’ll be taking courses at FIT for the first time, and I’m more excited than a 13 year old girl at a One Direction concert!! Words cannot describe how big my expectations are for this summer! I’ll be like Charlie walking into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, full of excitement and pure desire. The courses I’ll be taking are “HFA 143: Architectural Rendering” and “HAC 063: Careers in Advertising and Marketing Communications.”

Lately, there has been much pressure put on my shoulders about my future, specifically to do with my major in college and the career I choose to follow. As a sixteen year old, it’s way too early for me to choose. So I have decided to take full advantage of the courses at FIT. I’ve always been very interested in pursuing Architecture, due to my savvy in mathematics and huge passion for drawing/sketching, and advertising and marketing has always interested me. By the end of the courses, I hope to know what path I’ll choose to follow. However, if I’m not sure by then, I’ll definitely be taking FIT courses throughout the school semesters.

Here’s some of my sketches:

This year I took a specific fondness in sketching ballerinas, as well as some fashion looks. I am extremely excited about this opportunity to blog, because I’ve always wanted to voice my opinions and thoughts. I’m running out of room in this huge head of mine, so I’m deciding to share my thoughts with all of you! I expect this blog to be a lovechild between Tumblr, LookBook and your typical but not typical fashion blog. I’ll be reflecting my days at FIT, posting my outfit choices when going out with my friends or just going through another day at FIT, and sharing with you my thoughts and opinions on pop culture, current events and summer trends! SO bare with my kiddies and buckle up, because this is going to be a very bumpy ride (in the best ways possible).




p.s. I’m sure most of you are wondering what I look like, so here I am:

Kidding of course.. Here is the real me when the lights and cameras are put away, and my hair/makeup stylist is on break:


Introducing New Precollege Blogger: Brooke Ann

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it”
-Ansel Adams

Hi everyone! My name is Brooke Ann and I am from a small town called Glen Rock, New Jersey in Bergen County and I am 16 years old. I currently attend an all girls private school near me called the Academy of the Holy Angels and I am going into my junior year. I have two older sisters that both are graduated from college. My oldest sister graduated from FIT in 2011 and I would love to follow in her footsteps.

For most of my life I have been doing gymnastics. I started doing gymnastics when I was 8 years old and I fell in love with it, I was soon moved up to the competitive team and I have been doing gymnastics ever since. I also enjoy dancing and cheerleading. I am a cheerleader for football and basketball. Although I love all those sports, my biggest passion in life is photography. Since the first day I picked up a camera I knew that photography is what I wanted to pursue in my life. Even if I had a disposable camera in my hand, I would always be taking pictures. On every vacation my family and I have been on, my family has always relied on me to take the pictures because I would take pictures of everything, even the simplest things because sometimes the simplest things are also the most beautiful and photography helps to portray that.  I believe that photography is more than just taking a picture; every picture has a meaning to it. My room is full of pictures I have taken and my other biggest passion is blogging. I have a tumblr that I update everyday and it helps people to get to know me, and to see everything I value in life.

I am taking the class “HPH 169: Fundamentals of Digital Photography and Photoshop.” This is the first year I am taking a course at FIT. This class caught my attention because even though I’ve taken photography classes at school, I wanted more of a college experience. I also wanted to take this class because after my sister graduated from FIT I realized what a great school it was and I wanted to experience it myself.

Words cannot describe how excited I am to be part of this class and I cannot wait to learn how to be a better photographer and to improve my skills. Photography is my passion and going four days a week for three weeks is very exciting for me. I also cannot wait to meet new people from all over; it is going to be interesting to meet other people that want to pursue the same dream as me.

My main goal at FIT when I take these summer courses is to begin to believe that my dream of becoming a professional photographer is getting closer each day.

I love photography because one photograph is worth many words, and each photograph has so much meaning to it. Cameras freeze a moment in your life and without cameras we would not know half the things we do about our past. Taking pictures and putting them on a blog, or somewhere where people can see your work, is a way of expressing yourself; people can get to know you just by looking at your own personal blog.

My main goal for the future is to become a professional photographer with the help of FIT. If I get accepted into FIT, I want to major in photography and I want to minor in Italian. I want to minor in Italian because my whole family is from Italy and I am learning how to speak the language already in school and from day 1 I fell in love with the language of Italian. When my sister went to FIT she studied abroad in Italy and became fluent and I would love to do the same. I want to major in Photography because I’ve always known I would want to make a career out of photography since the day I bought my first camera. I want to capture moments that have a meaning to someone, taking pictures also helps me learn a great deal about everything in the world today; without photography this world would be lost.

I hope you got the chance to learn a lot about me and I hope you enjoy my posts!

Thanks everyone!

Brooke Ann




Introducing New Precollege Blogger: Tianna

Bonjour, my name is Tianna, and I adore fashion and the arts with an overwhelming passion. Amidst the maple trees and the beavers in Canada, you can find me huddled in my room painting, blogging, designing, putting together outfits, reading Vogue or Seventeen and just being me. And now to clear up the famous Canadian stereotypes; I do not put maple syrup on everything, nor do I ride a polar bear to school. You’ve got it all wrong, I put maple syrup on everything except broccoli, and I only ride my polar bear to the mall. On another note, I am totally and utterly obsessed with fashion.

Ever since I was a little kid, I travelled back and forth to see my dad in NYC. As me and my brother walked down Broadway and Seventh Avenue (Times Square) I would discreetly admire the striking posh women who paraded ahead of us. So many times I can remember myself standing in front of a mirror with my moms highest heels on just wondering what it would be like to be that stylish. A little later I realized I could use this less than abstract form of art to express myself. Fashion has always been important to me.

I discovered online blogging through Youtube, Blogspot and Tumblr. After a while I could never put my computer down. The people that I admired through my computer screen captivated me, as we shared similar interests. Since summer is now at my feet, I can spend countless hours scrolling through art and fashion blogs, as long as I can wake up in time to attend my Precollege courses at the renowned Fashion Institute of Technology. This year, I will be taking two courses everyday during Summer Live, they include HPM 067: Manual Patternmaking and Sewing along with HAD 149: Advertising and Graphics Design Portfolio. I hope to learn a lot more about improving my personal graphic portfolio and gaining information about sewing and Patternmaking. Along with the convenient courses, I now own a sewing machine; so instead of blowing all my cash on the latest trends at stores like H&M, Forever 21 and Topshop, I can learn to make my own clothes. Given the fact that it is my first time attending FIT, I am so exited to see what wonderful insights they have to offer me.

To me Fashion is a way of expressional escape, from the extensive amount of print in my closet to the countless amounts of crazy accessories I own. Pairing together all the unique things I love into an outfit adds to the extensive allure. Personally, Fashion is all about being unique, different from the crowd.  I am currently immersed in a Cyber Art’s program, where Fashion is one of the many art forms we study. Fashion is much like dancing, painting, movement; everything used to express oneself! And since I am widely interested in the arts, I found mastering the art of fashion to be my biggest endeavor.

Personally, I am falling in love with summer 2012’s trends. Girls and guys are rocking styles like mixing prints, color blocking, Neon everything, High-waisted pants, Maxi Dresses to Whimsical patterns. Style icons Kate Moss and the Olsen’s are bringing statement pieces like fur vests and fur jackets back, which we can find at our handy dandy H&M. Even our fellow commander-in-chic Michelle Obama is leaving the fashion industry in awe, with her trendy photo-ops with the President that nobody can ignore. People like Chanel Iman and Zelda Kaplan influence and inspire my persistent pursuit into the fashion industry, and as I grow older I hope to bring a style inspiration onto others just like my style icons had.

Blogging for FIT’S precollege programs not only gives me an opportunity to record my experience during the courses I’m attending, but lets others realize how fun and exiting it is to participate in College before College, if that makes any sense.

When I was in middle school (just last year) I established that FIT was a vivid option in the top 10 Universities/Colleges I would love to attend. And since I chose wonderful courses to take part in this summer, blogging for FIT would only deem success onto my personal expressional escape.


If interested, check out my blogs: 

Introducing New Precollege Blogger: Gabriela

Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in the same old boring town that you’ve been living in for years, but there is no way out because you’re only a teenager? Well, that’s basically me. I’m Gabriela, a soon-to-be 17-year-old high school senior from Smithtown, New York. I am the only daughter in a family of six living in a middle-class suburban town on Long Island. Living in a house with four boys means that my life is surrounded by sports. After playing basketball, softball, and volleyball for so many years without much enjoyment, I concluded that sports were just not my thing. As a result, I picked up fashion and Italian as my hobbies instead.

I began learning Italian at age 11 from a family-friend who teaches Italian, and continued to study the language throughout middle school and high school. The majority of my family is Italian and the culture has always been a big part of my life; I was excited to be able to communicate with my relatives who spoke Italian fluently. I’ve always wanted to go to Italy, mainly because Milan is one of the fashion capitals of the world, but also to absorb a different culture than what I’m used to. However, I never thought that I would enjoy the Italian language and culture as much as I do; therefore I decided recently that I want to continue my Italian studies throughout college.

During my freshman year of high school, I realized that the majority of my peers have no originality when it comes to fashion! I became bored of going to school every day seeing the same Abercrombie & Fitch blouse paired with chunky Ugg boots and a non-matching Coach purse on every other girl in the hallway. I, however, don’t mind standing out and being different, so I would walk into school wearing never-before-seen outfits to show my peers that you don’t have to look like everyone else in order to ‘fit in.’ Because of this, I began making more and more trips to New York City, a place where I could flaunt my fashion originality, and others could influence my ideas for the future.

Even though I may appear as the creative type, I never saw myself as becoming a designer, but working more in the business field of fashion instead.  Many may criticize the Kardashian family, however, I believe that their empire is one of the reasons that I’m so caught up in the business aspect of it all. With Kris Jenner being a powerful businesswoman, and all of her children following along, they have created a huge name for themselves in the fashion industry, which has inspired me to do it myself. When I heard about the summer Precollege Programs at FIT, I knew right away what I was going to look for, and I sure did find it! I signed up for  HIN131: International Fashion Marketing. I thought that this program would be a perfect blend of my interests—fashion and culture. I also figured it would give me a taste of what I might be seeing in the future. Other cultures seemed to have always fascinated me, especially in fashion, and I am excited to learn the business practices for the fashion industry all over the world.

During these three weeks at FIT, I am hoping to learn new information, meet new people, and decide whether or not this is what I want to major in college. I think blogging for the Precollege Programs at FIT will be a great way for me to share what I’ve learned and experienced during these weeks. In addition to Italian and fashion, photography has always been a minor hobby of mine; I love to take pictures of everything I see or do since nowadays we live in a society where ‘if you didn’t take a picture of it, it didn’t happen.’ On my free time, I run a fashion blog and a personal blog. I use these blogs to express myself through photographs, and I am looking forward to using the FIT Precollege Program blog to express myself through writing and photographs.

These upcoming weeks in New York City will be an adventure. It is my chance to mature, and I’m eager to challenge myself every day to work hard during class and make my time there well spent. Overall, I am anticipating a great learning experience, and the chance to connect with readers from all over the world excites me.