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AAS Exhibition In Florence (Continued)

Hello EVERYONE!

Last week I was kept quite busy finishing up for the AAS Final Exhibition in Florence. On my last post I explained the theme and how we gathered all of our inspiration. From the museum we chose two objects/spaces of the museum that would inspire us for our collections. Since then we have had a few important deadlines along the way! The latest was last Friday, both of our garments were due and needed to be ready for our guest judges coming in to view them throughout the weekend. These judges included some of our professors, museum coordinators, and a very special critic, Mr. Mirko Bottai, textile designer for Pucci.

In total we completed two illustration projects and two final garments! All which are now part of my portfolio.

Both of our illustration projects include the following elements:

  • Introduction Page
  • Moodboard
  • A Series of Concept Pages
  • Makeup & Beauty Pages
  • Accessories Page
  • Fabric Swatches
  • Collection Overview
  • Illustrated Models
  • Flat Sketches of Designs
  • Tech Pack for Garment Constructed
Project Example for AAS Stibbert Exhibition

Project Example for AAS Stibbert Exhibition

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Along the way we had meetings with Mr. Bottai and our professors to make sure we were making all the right decisions and staying on track between our inspiration and execution of them.

I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to sit down with an industry professional to discuss the projects and listen to their suggestions to enhance my skills.

I will say it was not easy, but definitely eye-opening. To have a glance on the different jobs there is in the fashion industry, and most importantly of the main role a designer plays when it comes to creation and production of a collection.

Next week we have a celebratory ceremony, where we showcase our work in the museum. Open for parents visiting, plus other classmates and professors.

Arrivederci,

Maria

How I Made My Summer ’19 Decision

Recently, I went through a very difficult decision process to sort out my summer plans. For context, I am a junior soon to be heading into my senior year, and I am originally from Washington state. I have been working as a production intern at Tory Burch since the Fall semester and was offered an opportunity to stay with them as a product development intern over the summer. I have yet to stay in NY over the summer, and I always miss home this time of year since I’ve been away for so long. There were many things to consider when debating to accept this offer from Tory Burch. I wouldn’t be able to see my friends and family from back home over the entire summer, I wouldn’t be back in the PNW during one of my favorite seasons, and I wouldn’t be saving money from not paying rent. It is also my last summer as a student and I wanted to be very careful with how I used this fleeting freedom. On the other hand, if I stayed with Tory Burch, I would be building my resume and developing more skills and experience to further my career and eventually achieve my long term goal; I eventually want to move back to the West coast and work for iconic outdoor apparel and lifestyle brands, with one of my top picks located in Seattle, WA. If I stayed in NY over the summer, I would be helping my future job search when applying for positions back home, but was this worth not seeing my friends and family? In the end, I chose to take the internship with Tory Burch with hopes that working towards my long term goal would be best for me. There was really no right or wrong decision in this situation for me because I could see myself being both thankful and regretful at the same time for making either decision. Sometimes, you just have to push aside your critical analysis and just make a decision when one is needed. It made me realize that I’m at a point in my life where my choices are going to have direct consequences on aspects of my life, and that real planning needs to be put in place if I don’t want to lose control of my life. One thing I did to sort out my decision was I put together a 5 year and a 10 year life plan for myself, mapping out different aspects of my life, including career, health, and relational. These things are important to think about and develop an understanding of what you want. It’s never too early to start planning.

Upcoming AAS Final Exhibition in Florence, Italy

HI TIGERS!

In the upcoming months I will be graduating from the Fashion Design Associates program of FIT! Now, for me, it will be a little different from most students graduating back in NYC. From illustration projects, to garments, to final portfolios, each detail is different from NYC’s program.

Over the next posts I will be sharing some of the different projects, critiques, and general idea of how classes run here in FIT in Florence.

For our AAS Final Exhibition we were given the challenge of gathering our inspiration from the Stibbert Museum in Florence. The museum was created by Frederick Stibbert, originally his home, he collected great amounts of treasures from all over the world. His passion for arms and armour show through the different collections. On display you can observe European, Islamic and Japanese armory as well as his other interests for things such as costumes, instruments, paintings, sculptures, etc.

Stibbert Museum

Stibbert Museum

This semester we based our projects on the Stibbert museum. From two illustration projects, to two garments, to research in different classes about the history of the museum and general world events at the time. All for the understanding of what our concepts should represent.

Inside Stibbert Museum

Inside Stibbert Museum

It has been a challenge trying to juggle all this and other classes, but, slowly, my classmates and I have found great ways to navigate through the semester!

In the next post, I will go into detail in explaining different parts of projects and how they all come together for the final exhibition.

 

Ciao, Maria

 

 

 

Fashion Week in Milan Part 2!

HELLO EVERYONE!

This week I will continue to share with you the trip of Fashion week in Milan!

On our second part of the trip, there was still so much to discover. We made a stop at La Scala Laboratories, located in the Zona Tortona. The Teatro alla Scala in Milan is among the world’s most famous opera houses. At their Laboratory we were able to see where the magic begins and moves along onto the stage. Most of the handmade works for the production of stage design emerge from there. From set design, sculpture, carpentry works, mechanics workshop, set assembly, costume design, laundry, etc.

Teatro La Scala Ansaldo Workshops

Teatro La Scala Ansaldo Workshops

The next day we visited S2B press office specialized in public relations towards the fashion design industry. We had a very informative tour in their loft office about a few of the rising young designers they are working with. Some of their services include advertising planning, events production, product placement & celebrities, social media management, and image consulting!

Image from S2B Press Office Loft

Image from S2B Press Office Loft (from website)

The last two days were a dream come true! Our final stop was at Pino Grasso Atelier, a master of embroidery for the most renowned haute couture and ready to wear fashion houses. Some important clients include: Givenchy, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana. I was mesmerized by all the handmade work and countless number of hours put into a garment. There are many countless possibilities when it comes to embroidery and materials, from beads to sequins, feathers to fringes. They even work with designers to create innovative solutions for design requests, like flowers from plastic bottles!

Me trying embroidery techniques for the first time!

Me trying embroidery techniques for the first time!

Handmade samples from work for clients.

Handmade samples from work for clients.

Our trip to Milan was so rich of adventures with enriching information for the student’s fashion career start!

Arrivederci, Maria

 

Industry Blog: Maker’s Row

A couple months ago my roommate and his brother came to me with questions for how to set up their own small apparel company. All sorts of questions came up such as how much things cost, what information is needed, but mainly how to get products made and by whom. There are companies that work to direct designers and entrepreneurs towards the right contacts in order to help make their products and visions a reality. One such company is Maker’s Row. Maker’s Row is an online company that has connections in various fields of the apparel industry, from consultations, pattern-making, to full on production. For a cherry on top, everybody in their database is right here in the US. They help entrepreneurs understand the manufacturing process, set them up with the right people to help them along their way, and help get that product out to market.

Now I doubt that anybody reading this is going to need a connection with any of these resources, but it doesn’t end there. The main reason I want to tell you about them is because they have a blog that covers every topic you could think of. I love their blog because there is a lot of information regarding manufacturing in the US and how a business works when keeping it local, which gives us a look at the other side of things since we mainly discuss global manufacturing in our classes at FIT. I’ve been staying up late at night just hooked on reading their articles because I find them so interesting. They are understandable for even those that don’t know much about the industry, and they keep their posts relevant and concise. They even have a free “Production 101” class that gives you the basics for how the production process works. Maker’s Row requires payment in order to access some of their other classes and their client database. However, this is a great source just to learn all sorts of things about the industry.

What sort of articles do you look for? Find any interesting ones from Maker’s Row?