#StayInspired

Hi Everyone!

Blogs are sooo early 2000s… or are they? Blogs are a great way to store information and links. That’s why we’ve kept our Precollege Blog going all these years. We mainly used it for Instructor Spotlights and Student Highlights (you can check our archives!), but now we are going to use it for some resources for our Precollege learning community.

Each week we will highlight a topic, like, some pro tips on how to write your admissions essay, some ways to find inspiration while social distancing, and special tips for creatives all kinds.

This week we are looking at Google Arts and Culture. There’s so much to do on GA&C, so we are going jusssst focus on museums for this week. Museums are great places to find inspiration and many are making their collections available. You can visit literally thousands of collections from home! Some museums you can virtually walk around, for example, the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain. Using the same image capture technology they use for Google Street View, you can explore the iconic building and Richard Serra sculptures. Other museums beautiful web-based galleries, for example, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium. Some museums only have a few pieces from their collection on Google. For example, the Whitney Museum of American art has 60 pieces on Google but has over 20,000 images on their website. So, if your favorite museum isn’t on there check their personal website!

Do you have a favorite Museum? Let us know in the comments :)

 

Instructor Spotlight: Jill Topol

Jill Topol has been a driving force in the photo/fashion industry for over 20 years. As a top celebrity fashion stylist, Jill has had the pleasure of calling Destiny’s Child/Beyoncé, N’SYNC and the Jonas Brothers as some of her steady high-profile clients. Jill’s work can be seen in publications including Harper’s Bazaar & Elle International, Vibe, Interview, Rolling Stone, Seventeen, People, Paper, Time, Newsday, New York Magazine, Mass Appeal, Out, Entertainment Weekly and Esquire.

 

Jill holds a BFA in Photography from School of Visual Arts, and is currently an adjunct professor at FIT in the FBM department.

Jill Topol Teaches:
JSX040 55A Fashion Merchandising: Trend Spotting
HFM060 55C Fashion Forecasting: Seeing into The Future

Teaching Philosophy:
From the moment a student enters my classroom, it’s my goal to help them explore their passion for fashion. I freely share stories from my own extensive career and teach them the ins and outs of the industry. Forecasting fashion trends means keeping your eyes wide open at all times to take in the beauty all around you. Sometimes it’s the things we least expect that will inspire us the most.

Industry Experience:

  • Freelance Fashion Stylist for 20+ years
  • Fashion Director at Mass Appeal Magazine
  • Fashion Editor at Black Book Magazine
  • Senior Fashion Stylist for E! and Style Network
  • Accessories Director for Moxiegirl (an Urban Outfitters backed magalog)
  • Product Development / Trend Forecasting for Delia’s & Wanted Shoes
  • Contributing writer for The Huff Post covering topics in fashion and parenting

Instructor Spotlight: Lisbeth Jimenez

Lisbeth Jimenez is an NCIDQ certified designer with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She joined the commercial firm TPGArchitecture in 2016, and has a background in residential and commercial interior design. In her daily work, Lisbeth challenges herself to produce exceptional, transformational design concepts, creating beneficial spaces that positively impact her clients and their environment. With an enthusiasm to take on any project, Lisbeth thrives on the creative process of solving complex design challenges. Her most recent contributions includes an accessible bedroom/bathroom for George to The Rescue — a home improvement TV show on NBC. Outside of work, Lisbeth participates in interior design pro-bono projects, and has designed spaces for a number of non-profit organizations such as the Bowery Mission Center and Restore NYC. Her efforts have been recognized across a number of publications such as Fast Company and Interior + Sources.

Lisbeth Teaches:
HSX 055 55B SUN: Exploring Interior Design
Fall Semester      Spring Semester     Summer Semester

Teaching Philosophy:
My goal is to inspire students to measure their success by the amount of difference they make. With Interior Design, we have the ability to change people’s lives with the environments we design. Let’s make a difference together while being creative.

Industry Experience:

  • TPGArchitecture- NY commercial firm
  • Integrated Service Learning Project- NY volunteer Interior Design services
  • Lembo Design- NY High-End Residential Firm

Work by Lisbeth Jimenez

Instructor Spotlight: Jacqueline Quinn

Jacqueline Quinn is a fashion designer born in Dublin, Ireland, who moved to New York City 25 years ago. Jacqueline’s alma mater is the Grafton Academy of Fashion Design in Dublin, and she is currently studying to get her Master’s in Fashion and Fine Arts. Diverse in her background both creatively and artistically, Jacqueline has been the head designer for DKNY dresses and was most recently the creative director and designer for Betsey Johnson. She is currently designing her own collection, “Jackie.” Jacqueline cites the iconic Jackie Kennedy as a major style influence and is working on a book outlining Jackie Kennedy’s fabrications and fashion influences.

Websites:
www.adorejackie.com     www.jacquelinequinn.com

Jacqueline Quinn teaches:
HSX 096 A Week in the Life of a Fashion Designer

Teaching Philosophy:
I love sharing the knowledge I have gained over the last 25 years of being in the fashion industry. I enjoy guiding my students and enabling them to use all of their creativity. I love seeing the authentic and ongoing learning process that develops into inspiration, creativity, and success.

Industry Experience:

  • Head Designer for Perry Ellis, Bill Blass, and DKNY dresses
  • Creative Director and Designer for Betsey Johnson
  • Styled for the Grammys in 2012 and 2013

Work by Jacqueline Quinn:

Preparing an art portfolio for college?

Portfolio deadlines are coming up soooo soon! (FIT Fall 2020 deadline is FEBRUARY 1st)
Thankfully, FIT’s Precollege Programs still has 4-day workshops that can help you focus and finalize.

DATES :
Saturdays, November 16, 23, December 7, 14, 2019
Sundays, November 17, 24, December 8, 15, 2019
Helpful numbers:
  • FIT Admissions: 212.217.3760-For questions about specific deadlines, costs and specific requirements
  • FIT Registrar: 212.217.3820-For questions about transcripts or course history
Not sure what course to take? The Precollege Staff: Mary, Marta, and Ayana are here to help! You are welcome to call 212.217.4630 (press 3 to talk to one of us) or send us an email if you have any questions.
~Precollege Staff