Congratulations Gwen!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO GWEN HINE WHO WAS JUST ACCEPTED TO FIT THIS FALL 2015 FOR FASHION DESIGN!

Courses taken in Precollege Programs include:
Intermediate Sewing & Embroidery Design
Fashion Art Portfolio
Sewing For Fashion Designers
Basic Pattern Making Sewing
Advanced Fashion Design Art
Anatomy Of Fashion
Fashion Design Journal
Fashion Design Techniques
Fashion Art For Fashion Designers

Were you accepted to FIT this fall too? We’d love to feature you on the blog as well!
Email: Marta_Regulski@fitnyc.edu for more information

In The Halls: Juliet & Lucas

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Student: Juliet (16) from NYC (left)

Program: Saturday/Sunday live

Pre-College Courses: Hem Sewing

Describe your personal style:  It depends on the day. Some days I love clean elegance. Others it’s dark and flowy. But I have always loved all black with a pop of color.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
 Either Starbucks or I wander the halls.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
 It’s very hands on. There’s no micro managing and I’m free to express my personal style.

Who or what inspires you?
 Alexander McQueen, food, different patterns I see around, friends, music, anime, nature

What do you want to do after you graduate from college? I’m not really sure yet. I’m interested in alot of different things but fashion is either #1 or #2 on my list.

 

Student: Lucas (16) from Queens, NY (right)

Program: Saturday/Sunday live

Precollege Courses: Creating the Fashion Figure

Describe your personal style: Most of time, I would describe it as “comfy-chic” but when I dress to impress, I would say I have an urban/indie style.

Where do you go on your breaks from class? Usually I stay inside and work on my design. Sometimes I do run across the street to buy some supplies.

What is your favorite thing about FIT? I love the fact that you can walk around the halls, and there is inspiration and creativity all around you.

Who or what inspires you? Culture inspires me. I’m fascinated by different cultures and their traditions/beliefs.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college? My end goal is to possibly work for the Human Rights Council, but before that, I want to be able to wake up every morning, and be enthusiastic about my job.

~Mikey

Reflecting and Improving

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Hi everyone! So this week, after studying for tests and working on projects and completing countless hours of homework, I decided to look at some of my “earlier work”. I think it’s really important to reflect and improve in life; reflect on what you have done in the past and improve for the future. Here is a dress I made a few years ago and a pair of shorts I made this week!
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unknown unknown unknown unknownAs you can see, the dress itself looks fine. From the outside, you can’t tell if anything in particular is wrong with it; but as you look closer, the seam holding the upper shirt and lower skirt together is just a simple, and not necessarily strong, straight seam. Prior to starting classes at FIT I could sew simply. I could setup my machine and sew a dress or pants or whatever it was, but I had no idea what each garment needed to work as best as it could.

Improve:

Unlike the dress, this pair of shorts is sewn with different kinds of seams, each seam is finished and the shorts are overall stronger than the dress is. I’ve also learned that I can’t just pick a fabric that I really like when making something because, although it’s really really pretty, it might not work for the project I’m trying to complete. If I find a fabric that I am in love with I will go home and design a garment that will work for that fabric, I will make sure that I am making a responsible decision regarding the project instead of just deciding what I am going to do and praying it will work!
I hope you have a great day and an even better upcoming week! Bye bye!
~Kaela

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

Fitting Fashion into High School

My high school is very art-centric, more money gets poured into the art departments than any of the sports teams. I guess that comes with the location, there aren’t many places to play football in the middle of Manhattan. I’m lucky in this way, I myself being more artistic than athletic, I have had many opportunities to showcase my talent.

I work in the drama department, making and designing costumes for my school plays. While most of what this entails is working with the director to make a costume plot, then thrifting for cheap versions of what you came up with, and altering that to fit the actor, it’s hard work, and a lot of people play it off as being easy. I highly recommend doing something like this for anyone interested in fashion design. It has helped me with technical skills, working within a budget, and how to design collaboratively. Also, your work is very appreciated, and gawked over because you can do something that a lot of people can’t do. You can make something out of nothing. Take something out of fantasy and into real life, even though sewing is, honestly, a really fundamental skill.

Being able to make clothes was a job expected of women and girls not even 100 years ago. It has become something so distant and other worldly. It has become an art form rather than a necessary craft. This isn’t something I’m complaining about, it has turned fashion into a real profession, something you can base your life off of. This I am thankful for. Fashion has given me a purpose, something to look forward to in the future, a goal to strive for. I tend to hold it a little to highly, fashion, make it seem like something it isn’t. Because when you strip away the layers, what fashion really is, is a business. And like all businesses there is a clock in the center of it, ticking away, like a heart counting down its last beats. In fashion, this clock, this heart, is design, and designers, the people who create the looks themselves. Without designers there would be nothing. So we must thank the men and women who toil away, designing our clothes, because without them the thing we love so much would be… nothing.

Sophia