Fashion Final: Christian Dior’s “New Look”

My final project: that’s been a pretty hot topic in my agenda for the past couple of days.  I’m embarrassed to admit my time management is terrible and that after I finish this post I will not only begin my project, but finish it all in the same night.  I have let procrastination get the best of me and now have to pay the cost by sitting in the house on a Friday night in order to contribute my part of my partner designer final project.

Me and my partner’s task is to pick a designer, define their characteristics and what influence there work, as well as what influence they have over the fashion industry today.  My love for Christian Dior’s “New Look,” 8 shape silhouette led me to choose his immense collection, dating all the way back to his breakout collection in 1947 which forever changed the fashion industry and the way women dressed.

I may talk a good talk, but I had to do a lot of research in order to really understand Dior and see beauty the way he used to.  But it wasn’t just facts and memorization; working with a partner is always difficult no matter how close or distant you are to your partner.  My partner, Sydney, and I live in the same town, go to the same school, yet never had the chance to get together and complete our project.  So as she visits colleges down South, we communicate and try to separate each of our responsibilities, while also trying to forget the fact that we have less than 24 hours to start and finish this project.  I always joke with my friends and say I work better under pressure and receive better grades when I cram, but at this point my exhaustion is slowly taking over my body. Before I graduate high school, I may have to reevaluate my study habits and work ethic.

Amira

Christian Dior’s 1947 New Look pieces as seen at the MET

Christian Dior’s 1947 New Look pieces as seen at the MET

High School, Then College: Just Be Happy :)

I have only three classes left to go, and I’ve come a long way even from the beginning of this semester. The skills I have learned in my beginner course gave me all the tools and fundamentals to practice drawing models and improving them by myself, convincing me that I didn’t need an extra course in fashion. To me, fashion is my passion, but the designing aspect of it, as I learned last year, is not my match. This year, however, I took that extra step to go further so that I could advance my skill-level and claim, without hesitation, that I am somewhat a fashion designer. Now that spring classes are almost over, I am extremely grateful, with absolutely no regret, that I chose to continue on to the advanced class. Yes, you have to know how to manage your time and find a balance between doing schoolwork and fashion homework, but the challenge presented to me only gave me more opportunities to practice using my time well and realizing the value of time in high school.

As for a final portfolio to display my artwork, that will most likely not happen because of, once again, time commitment. I have to focus on my academics this summer before my junior year, so a summer course, although ideal, is not realistic for me. In the future, I hope to enter the fashion world through writing, which is not that fun to do for required essays and assignments for school, but I enjoy being able to express myself through words, which is another form of art indeed! Who knows, maybe in college, I’ll study art history as one of my majors? One thing’s for sure: I don’t know.

All I know for now is what I enjoy and what makes me happy. And that’s all there is to life! (With some extra effort and time.)

Jenn

P.S. Make sure you check out the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the MET! It’s going to be AMAZING.

Striving for Perfection in My Portfolio

 

Ahhh, May is here. It’s time to get studying for SAT’s, AP exams, and Regents and Finals. This week, I’m completely keeping a focus on my future and my future goals. After all, I’ll need some kind of reminder as to why I’m staying up so late to study.

As my friends came back from college visiting, they returned with many worries and little reassurance. They look at me with envy because I know exactly where I want to go and what exactly I want to do. In any case, the questions I would ask while on college visits would be “How strong is its Fashion Design program? What is their credibility for it? Is it a SUNY? Is it in the center of one of the biggest and most thriving-in-fashion cities in the world?”

The only college that has been able to answer all these questions with “Yes” or “Outstanding” so far, has been FIT. So now, I’ve found my dream college. What, may you ask, am I doing to ensure that I get in to it?

Well, as far as my portfolio, that’s exactly what the drawing classes at FIT are for! Not only have I gotten to experience FIT firsthand and find out that it truly is the school for me, but I’ve built up my skills tremendously. In one day, my figure’s ‘faces’ have gone from alien-looking to decent and still improving. I’ve learned how to make clothes not only realistic, but three dimensional. My drawings used to show clothes with no point of entry, but now they have zippers, pockets, and buttons and even convey texture. Just last week I turned in my first assignment; a presentation of spring related separates, including an inspiration board and swatches. It gave me an idea of just what kind of hard work fashion design is, and all the different aspects that go into it.

We also saw the FIT college students’ exhibit. It was absolutely incredible, and only made me want to be apart of this institution even more! The fabulous garments gave so much inspiration and showed how dedicated these students are to their work.

This summer, I’ll be working on my portfolio and my resume, which is practically bursting. My portfolio will definitely be the hard part since there are so many different ideas buzzing in my head. A good portfolio should show that you know the basics, and that you have the raw talent that you need them to mold into skill. It should show a well-rounded collection with versatility and originality. Creativity is key to being in the fashion design industry.

It also needs to show your hard work and strive for perfection. If you’re lazy about your portfolio, it will show bad work-ethic. They won’t want someone who can come up with a good piece every so often over the person who consistently comes up with well-constructed garments.

Everyone tells me I need to look for back up schools, just incase I don’t get into FIT or realize it isn’t for me. My immediate reaction is “a fashion designer won’t have time to waste worrying about a back up plan.” That’s the typical me, my drive is strong and I never stop in the process of getting where I want to. But, subconsciously, I have back up plans, just not very well thought out ones. I will probably apply to Parson’s, RISD, and a few SUNY schools (no out of state schools for me.) But how long am I supposed to be out of my beloved city for?! Do they really expect me to pay twice the money in tuition, at least? It’s all a crazy idea, I tell you.

Since I’ve known for so long what i’ve wanted to do, these past couple of years i’ve spent building stronger skills and a fantastic list of extra-curriculars. For those of you who don’t know what you want to do, I recommend getting involved. Community service will never hurt a college application, and you might find exactly what you want to do by joining a mix of different clubs. Explore every opportunity you are given; that’s how I found my happiness.

 

Karlie

 

My Love/Hate Relationship With Being Busy

I submitted my project today! I eventually ended up tweaking my original hot pink dress into a polk-a-dotted, red a-line with a shimmery hemline. I was extremely pleased with my project, especially since I only began last night at 10 P.M. I guess I have strong, solid stamina, because I lasted through the entire night until 5 A.M., when I finally completed all three of my illustrations. I know, I’m crazy.

Here are two of my drawings for my spring collection:

Day

A day dress with flair. Polk-a-dot cotton top.

Day into evening wear. Jumpsuit pants with a lace rib top and light leather jacket.

This is my life. In high school. Except last night was the latest I’ve stayed up until, so that’s a new personal record for me.

With homework day after day, hours of sports, and clubs, I feel overwhelmed maintaining a balance and finding success in all of my activities. I reassure myself, thinking it’s better to be busy than to be loafing around the hosue. After school, I always find myself fighting against the urge to sleep, which will only waste precious working time. Facebook only makes the situation works—I’m not an addict—but once you sign on, there’s almost no turning back, and my body’s sense of time becomes dysfunctional.

April Month Calendar

Marilyn Monroe for the month of April

Add on the pressure of standardized tests and the looming junior-year workload, and I must only be one thing: a teenage robot that lives her life accordingly to her blueprint, that is, my calendar. It hangs on my wall and I constantly update it with any upcoming events and meetings. Lately, I’ve been volunteering often in my community, so my weekends are always filled with something to do.

My fashion class definitely chews up most of my Saturdays, but it is definitely worth the time and effort. I have trouble finding time to practice designing, which happens usually on Friday nights before class, but as long as I use it wisely, I’ll be well on my way through the journey FIT has provided me!

Jenn

There’s Nothing Like That Feeling of Accomplishment…

…When you finally check off the last task on your ‘to do’ list. You finally have time to relax…  for about an hour or so; then it’s time to do it all over again.

My schedule is hectic and it does get to be overwhelming at times, but I always remind myself that it’s my choice. I made it that way. I do things most teenagers don’t because I want to be a successful worker in the industry of fashion and, why not get a head start on it?

My schedule:

High School always comes first before college, as much as I wish it didn’t. SAT’s are exactly a week away. This test will determine what college I get into. Nerve wrecking right?! For about the past month, I have tried to get at least thirty minutes to one hour of studying in per-day. But now that the test is only one week away, my studying will amp up to several more hours.

I prioritize myself and keep two agendas in my purse wherever I go (except when I go out at night- which is rare.). I would recommend this to anyone with a busy schedule because it really helps you keep up with your work.

After SAT prep, school work is second on my list of prioritizing. Between homework, projects, and essays, it has to be done!

When I’m finished with high school work, I move on to college work! My FIT class doesn’t require take home assignments but we do need to bring in items to incorporate into the projects. If the professor hands out notes, I re-read them and go over what is expected for the next class. I don’t consider this to be ‘dreaded work’ more as learning fun.

And when that’s done, I work on ‘MiRi Co.’ MiRi Co is a small project a friend and I produced. It forming, creating and shooting fashion photography. The models we use are volunteers from our school. We help the models build up a portfolio as well as ourselves. I style the shoot, come up with the concepts, buy and borrow the needed attire, and basically direct when shooting. My friend, Maggie, is the photographer, but also helps me whenever I need it. I love working on these shoots because it’s my favorite hobby.

When I finally reach some free time, I usually read or go out with friends. Over my spring break I had quite a lot of time on my hands. I read two novels, made several trips to the city, shot 1 photo shoot (they take up a lot of time) and even went out. But now that reality has returned, it’s time to get back on task. But hey, I’m not complaining :)