Describe your personal style? I’m the perfect mix between edgy and vintage.. not too simple but not too out there.
Where do you go on your breaks from class? Sometimes I stay in class and work on my projects. Other days I go to the Style Shop. They have such amazing stuff!
What is your favorite thing about FIT? I love how you can be yourself without being judged.
Who or what inspires you? My favorite bloggers! Just with a click of a button you can access thousands of outfit pictures to use for your own inspiration.
What do you want to do after you graduate from college? After college I want to become the creative director of a large designer or company! I just don’t know who I’d like to work for yet.
When I get on that train to go to class at FIT each Saturday morning, it’s almost as if I change into a different person. Not in a weird or negative way of course.
At home I am Mary Peleti…
the straight-A student
the girl who has a unique sense of style
At FIT I am Mary Peleti… future fashion stylist.
It’s easier to focus on my goals in that change of environment where no one really knows anything about me, other than that. Additionally, I feel that FIT Precollege changes me in the sense that I get to experience independence in a way that I wouldn’t at such a young age if I didn’t do this program. This may sound silly, but I feel like I get to be an adult on Saturday mornings. There is something just so liberating about walking down 7th avenue after class, with the option to go anywhere that I desire in the amazing city that is New York.
A stylist! Being the next Rachel Zoe is my dream, but I’d rather work with magazines instead of celebrities. FIT has really helped me in learning more of what stylists do and how they do it. Last semester I took HDE 135: Photo-Styling for Magazines and Catalogues and More!, and it taught me so much about what goes on behind the scenes at photoshoots. For example, while the finished picture turns out like this…
This is what it looks like in reality…
Not nearly as fabulous, right? Anyway, besides learning what a photoshoot looks like, I also learned how to edit items to include in a photo and how to make the overall look of the photo cohesive and appealing. I’m hoping to include some of the work that I’ve done in the Precollege programs in my portfolio when I’m applying to college, but if I get in to FIT it will be for Fashion Merchandising, which doesn’t require a portfolio. I’m also looking into FIDM and Drexel because they have a Visual Communications major that I’m really interested in, but as of now, FIT is my first choice.
I really encourage anyone who has started to look at colleges to see if any of the schools they are interested in offer programs like FIT’s Precollege Programs. It really makes you familiar with the school, and while I’m pretty sure FIT is the only school with so many specific and fun programs, it can’t hurt to learn as much as you can about your possible future college. So Google away!
On a side note, I’m going to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art tomorrow! I’ll be sure to take tons of photos if I’m allowed and post them next week. See you then!