My First Day!

It was the first time in a very long time, and I mean months, that I was actually excited to wake up early on a Saturday morning. To be able to catch my 7:05 train into Penn Station, I need to wake up at 5:45 am. Now I know some of you are thinking that is way to early and almost a torture, but to be able to come to FIT is all worth it. The commute for me is not bad at all because fortunately I am able to attend Precollege Programs with my two best friends, one of which who is also a blogger! Her name is Jennifer so make sure you check out her blog posts!

Walking into the Fragrance lab was a little bit intimidating at first. There are bottles of fragrance and high tech equipment scattered throughout the room. My professor was full of information and made difficult material easy to comprehend. During the class we learned how to use the scales, and began to add a chocolate fragrance to a body wash. Also, towards the end of class, we smelt different fragrances and classified different adjectives for each one. Overall, I found the class to be very interesting.

Going forward, the projects I will be doing this semester are things I could never imagine you could make. In the later weeks, the class will be creating a shampoo, lip gloss, and various bath products. As well as the products the class is required to make a Beauty timeline and a Fragrance inspiration board. I am ecstatic to see how the class plays out within the next couple of weeks. What do you think? Does this sound like a class you would be interested in?

xoxo Tori

What hasn’t gotten better?

In the 6th classes I’ve taken at FIT, there isn’t one aspect of my work that hasn’t improved. Truthfully, it’s a little embarrassing to look at my old work and think that I was actually that terrible. Even though I need to work a lot more, I’m proud of my work. Now, the fabric I render…actually looks like fabric! And the shoes look like shoes and the faces don’t look like aliens!

Today in class I worked on rendering tulle, which still needs some work. Shoes are probably the hardest for me. Even though I have tons of ideas for shoes, they always seem a little odd looking to me. I’m trying not to be too hard on myself because I want to focus on Apparel though, and my garment detailing has definitely gotten better.

I have my portfolio interview with FIT December 3rd, and I’m incredibly nervous. I’ll probably be sketching up until I actually get called in. However, I have gotten some tips on interview advice, so I’ll share it with you. First, (I got this from Tim Gunn’s book, haha) when asked who your favorite designers are, try to include an American designer. In response to this question, most people ramble off a few european designers.  European designers are great, but if you’re going to a fashion design school in America, you might want to show some background knowledge of designers who went to an American design school. (Calvin Klein went to FIT!) Also, it helps if you pronounce the names right. Second, you should know the construction details of the garments that you sketch. This is what I would equate to knowing the materials you use in fine arts. How can you design clothing if you don’t know how it’s put together? Garments have seams, a point of entry, hemlines, pockets, etc.

For the remainder of the semester, I’m working on getting my portfolio finished and ready for interviews and college applications.