A Bittersweet Ending

As the past couple days have gone by, I have realized I’m not returning to FIT the following week. My alarm will ring for 6:50 AM and I will simply sigh, turn it off, and take in the harsh reality of nnot returning to the place I love.

These past three weeks have been the highlight of my summer. (And probably of my year) I mean, come on, it’s FIT.. It’s unlike anywhere else.

The classes I took this year were outstanding. I made some remarkable new friends who I will DEFINITELY keep in contact with. I even found my roommate for FIT! (If I get in!) My experience here was phenomenal. I wish I was a freshman so I can take even more Precollege classes! Unfortunately, I live too far away to attend classes during the Fall or Spring. What a shame.

I hope I get good marks on all my final projects. I am so anxious to view them! They are getting posted on August 2nd, so remember to check them out!

My jacket (from my sewing class) turned out phenomenal! I ordered a bunch of spikes and studs from this really cool website. I can’t wait to go home and apply them to my jacket! I’m also going to distress it with sand paper! In my first class I also made a t-shirt. It’s a grey jersey knit t-shirt with a ballet neckline and long sleeves. It’s the comfiest t-shirt IN THE WORLD!

I’m so excited to return home and start working on my portfolio. I think I will include my jacket in my portfolio.. I worked so hard on it and I am so proud of myself!

How were your classes? Do you think you will return to FIT? How did your final projects turn out?

Overall, my last day was filled with excitement, a sense of pride, sadness, and some realizations for the future. I was excited that all my hard work was finally completed. I had a sense of pride in myself, and in the work I created. A sense of sadness because I am leaving the place and people I have grown to adore. And the realization that if I don’t work hard, I may never return to FIT.. And that simply won’t do.

I hope you all had a wonderful experience at FIT, I know I did!

I do not want to say goodbye to any of you people” -Christa McAuliffe

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If You Love It, Flaunt It!

OH NO, the end is almost near… what a travesty! Since it’s the last week of FIT, our final projects our now on their way to being completed. As thrilling and exiting it is to be finishing our dresses (Manual Pattern Making and Sewing) and completing our Self Portraits (Advertising and Graphics Design Portfolio), I still can’t seem to fathom how life without FIT is going to be. Maybe I’ll go spend some much needed time with the polar bears in Canada, yep, that should do.

In my Advertising class, we’re working with unconventional mediums to crete a self portrait –With a artistic fashion that will be used to express ourselves. For my self portrait, I chose to work on the computer, since that it typically what I love to use (No, I don’t only use it to check my Facebook and watch the Gossip Girl seasons over and over again).

Anywho, our teacher said that a lot of the designing we may use in the future will revolve around drawing it out first. So I started out my concept by drawing it out. Soon after the completion of the physical product, I will scan it and fill it in on the computer, and use words to illustrate the background.

I am SOOOO excited about the Pattern Making class, it’s crazy! We’re finally making a dress, that we can actually wear! Well, it depends on the size of the mannequin, and luckily, I practically chose the right size at the beginning! Prior to the creation of our dresses out of our personal fabrics, we made it out of muslin –to nail down the basics. I am so utterly obsessed with Nicole’s silhouette. It consists of the sweetheart neckline top, with a basic skirt and peplum detailing.

Nicole's Muslin creation!

Some designs our class has produced!

After my galavant to MOOD the other day, I decided that this bright printed fabric –which I love– is the perfect cotton print for my upcoming dress creation. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, because, on the train… I kind of got lost and ending up somewhere uptown in GOD knows where. Fortunately I got home safe and sound.

Later, on the weekend, I went by MOOD to pick up my gorgeous fabric and some mesh/tulle for the detailing… Did I mention that I changed my whole design? The new and improved dress design consists of a deep V sleeveless top, with a half to botton cut in the back. All the cuts and holes with be filled in with the $45/1yrd expensive black tulle that I bought. It’s totally worth it though, I expect my dress is going to be FAB-O.  As they say, “If you love it, flaunt it!”… And I definitely love this print!

My amazing print.

New Design!

Outfit Of The Day! (Fashionpanoramic.blogspot.com)

Random T-shirt

Zara tights

Charlotte Ruse skirt


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Chat with Precollege Alumni Tomorrow from 12:30-1:30pm

Tomorrow, July 19, 2012, you have the opportunity to speak with Precollege Alumni currently working towards a degree at FIT in the Dining Hall from 12:30 – 1:30om. Have questions about Fashion Design, Communication Design, Advertising Design, Fashion Merchandising Management or Internation Trade and Marketing majors? Wanna hear what it’s like to be a college student at FIT? These questions and more can be answered one-on-one with students who are just like you. They will be easy to spot in thier Purple FIT shirts (pictured above).

Alumni Bios:

Cecily was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri then moved to Providence, Rhode Island during high school. She completed her AAS in Fashion Design at FIT and is expected to graduate in May 2013 with her BFA (also in Fashion Design) and a double minor in History of Art and Psychology. Cecily is currently involved in FIT’s Student Ambassadors and the assistant coaching staff for FIT Volleyball, and was a previous Vice President of the AAS Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa.


Stephen hails from Huntington NY and completed his AAS in Communication Design at FIT. He is expected to graduate in May 2013 with his BS in Advertising Design. Stephen is the President-elect for the 2012-2013 year in the Art & Copy Club. Click here to view his website: http://www.stephenweisbrot.com  



Claudia hails from Queens NY and completed her AAS in Fashion Merchandising Management at FIT. She is expected to graduate in January 2013 with her BS in International Trade and Marketing. She is a member of ITSA (International Trade Student Association) and has worked as an intern at Continental Reliance Group Global Licensing, a Visual Merchandiser at Banana Republic, a Catalog Fulfillment at Bloomingdale’s, and an Assistant to Designer for Quinn New York Inc. She is also a recipient of the BRAG Scholarship for Academic Excellence, was on the Dean’s List 2009-2012 for FMM and ITM, and is currently a contender for the Harold Sachs International Practicum Scholarship.


Introducing New Precollege Intern: Maria

16 and not pregnant, my name is Maria Rivas. I go to High School of Fashion Industries and art is basically my life. I’ve had two art shows at the MoMA, and one photography show at the Rubin Museum of Art. I’ve lived in brooklyn my entire life, though recently its only where I lay my head to sleep. Though I’m only entering my senior year in September, I’ve got plans for the future. I will be attending Hunter College (they don’t have a choice, they WILL accept me.). I’ll get my bachelors in Art History, then a Masters in Museum Studies, then eventually I will get my PhD. I will become the curator for the MoMA by the age of 27. Watch out world.

Green Day, System of a Down, The Doors, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Sex Pistols, Misfits, Arctic Monkeys, Helmut Newton, Cindy Sherman, Ansel Adams, Stanley Kubrick, Willem De Kooning, and the all mighty Van Gogh are my greatest inspirations and idols. When I’m not practicing yoga, taking pictures or listening to music, I’m sculpting metal wire, studying the piano and music theory, or practicing to be the greatest drummer in the world. I currently have two jobs, one at FIT as a digital photographer and website assistant, and the other at a hospital cafe, working my way to buying my own drum set and my own piano. 

I’m like a pomegranate, you have to get past the outside to get to the good stuff. And even then you have to keep picking at it.


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: