Introducing New Precollege Blogger: Madeline

My name is Madeline, I am a sophomore in high school and will be 16 in a week!  I live in New Jersey and am very lucky to be a 20 minute car ride away from New York.  This will be my second course in Precollege Programs at FIT.  The first Precollege course that I took was HSX 120: THE FABULOUS WORLD OF FASHION FORECASTING and I loved every minute of it and I learned so much.  This Spring I will be taking HSX 121: PASSION FOR FASHION STYLING and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for me in this class!  This past year has been very challenging;  I suffered a serious concussion during a lacrosse game last February.  I have been home from school for a whole year and the only thing that has kept me going is my interest in fashion.  I have filled my days following designers, editors, photographers and anyone else that I could think of.  The highlight of my year was attending New York Fashion Week and meeting Andre Leon Talley.

Me and Andre at the Tommy Hilfiger show!

My dream is to go to FIT and major in Fashion Merchandising Management.  I want to be the best I can be to select clothes for people that make them feel confident and love to wear.  I believe that if you work very hard it will pay off and you should do what  you love.  That’s why I am taking these classes, networking with people in the industry, studying all aspects of the fashion world,  and want to blog.  I do not go a day without thinking about fashion, trends, and what is to come in the industry.  So that is why I would like to blog, so then other teens can relate and follow my journey into the industry.


In the Halls: Lloydeshah

Student: Lloydeshah(17) Bridgeport ,CT
Program: Saturday Live
Precollege Courses: HAR 016: Fashion Art for Fashion Designers

Describe your personal style.
I like to dress classy but still have an edge.

Where do you go on breaks from class?
I go to the FIT Cafe to get some pizza and sometimes I also go sit down and drink an iced coffee at Dunkin Donuts.

What are your favorite things about FIT?
The major different styles and the motivation I get from the professors.

Who or what inspires you?
Everything, you can make the best out of the worst.

What do you want to do after high school?
I would like to go to FIT

In the Halls: Emma

Student: Emma (15) Westport,CT
Program: Spring 2012 Saturday Live
Precollege Courses:  HAP 025: Sewing for Fashion Designers & HAP 095: Introduction to the Fashion Design Industry

Describe your personal style.
Girly / retro

Where do you go on breaks from class?

I go for bubble tea.

What are your favorite things about FIT?
The diversity.

Who or what inspires you?
Carrey Mulligan, Alexa Chung and Emma Watson.

What do you want to do after college?

Be a fashion designer.

Youthquake: The1960’s Fashion Revolution, Part 1

Each year the graduate students of the Fashion and Textiles: History, Theory, Museum Practice program curate an exhibit in the  Museum at FIT and then present to the students in Precollege Programs about the content of the exhibit and the process of curating the exhibit. Today, they presented the exhibit “Youthquake: The1960’s Fashion Revolution.”

The 1960s Fashion Revolution explores the dramatic impact of youth culture on fashion during the 1960s. “Once only the rich, the Establishment, set the fashion,” said pioneering British designer and boutique owner Mary Quant. “Now it is the inexpensive little dress seen on the girls in High Street.”

The exhibition begins by looking at a new generation of designers and their innovative boutiques, where young clientele—an increasingly powerful consumer class—shopped and socialized. London was the epicenter of youth-generated style, but youthquake boutiques soon began to open internationally. New York’s Paraphernalia boutique sold work by emerging talent such as Betsey Johnson, in addition to the work of London designers. Paraphernalia’s cutting-edge designs will be represented by a mini-dress in metallic copper knit.

* For more information, you can, check out the Museum’s page  or the graduate student’s exhibition website.

Precollege students attentively watched a presentation hosted in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre in FIT.

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